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Hollywood is paying tribute to one of the most beloved directors in show business, Mike Nichols.

The 83-year-old, who passed away suddenly Wednesday evening, was described as a "true visionary" by the president of ABC News, James Goldston.

Nichols' acclaimed career earned him an Emmy, a Tony, a Grammy and an Academy Award—putting him in a league with only a few others.

He had been married to Diane Sawyer since 1988 and while the two had no children together, he had two daughters and a son from previous marriages.

During a 2012 interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Natalie Portman gushed about working with Nichols on Closer and The Seagull.

"He has an eye and an ear and a heart for the truth," she shared. "He'll tell you something that suddenly seems obvious but that you'd never have come up with yourself, which is probably the definition of genius."

Oscar favorite Meryl Streep also gave praise to Nichols in the interview, saying, "He was always the smartest and most brilliant person in the room."

Nichols is responsible for bringing The GraduateThe BirdcageSilkwood, Working Girl and so many other classic films to the big screen, and now, celebrities are speaking out and thanking him for his significant contribution to American cinema.