The sudden death of renowned director Mike Nichols is being felt immensely in Hollywood.
Nichols, whose many accolades include The Graduate, Working Girl, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Closer, Charlie Wilson's War, Annie, Spamalot and The Birdcage, passed away at age 83 on Wednesday.
The award-winning director/producer is credited with launching Whoopi Goldberg's career when he brought her one-woman show to Broadway. On Thursday's The View, Goldberg broke down in sobs as she attempted to pay tribute to Nichols. Unable to speak, her co-host Nicolle Wallace chimed in, "This man meant the world to her."
The show then flashed back to when the director appeared on the program in 2012 and Goldberg was able to thank her mentor for all he'd done for her. "Whenever I'm with you, I know I'm okay," she said to Nichols at the time, getting teary-eyed during the interview.
Goldberg is just one of many stars mourning the death of Nichols. Actor John Goodman, who starred in the director's What Planet Are You From? and the off-Broadway play The Seagull, shared his memories of Nichols with ET, saying, "He made me feel as though I were a full partner or co-conspirator in finding clues to solve the puzzle; like a really slow Dr. Watson. It's hard to imagine a world without him."
Oscar winner Meryl Streep, who worked on such films as Silkwood, Heartburn and Angels in America said of the director (via People), "An inspiration and joy to know, a director who cried when he laughed, a friend without whom, well, we can't imagine our world, an indelible irreplaceable man."
Tom Hanks, who starred in Nichols' last film, 2007's Charlie Wilson's War, also reacted to news of his death, saying (via People), "'Forward. We must always move forward. Otherwise what will become of us?' said Mike Nichols, who changed the lives of those who knew him, who loved him, who will miss him so."
Nichols is survived by his wife Diane Sawyer, three children and grandchildren.
Meanwhile, Twitter exploded with heart-wrenching comments and condolences in reaction to Nichols' death. Here are few of those tweets:
So very sad to hear of Mike Nichols death. A great talent, a wonderful, bright, charming human being.— Julianne Moore (@_juliannemoore) November 20, 2014
Mike Nichols gave me my start. A mentor, friend, colleague. One of the best observers of life. My thoughts are with Diane & his children.— Kevin Spacey (@KevinSpacey) November 20, 2014
We lost the legendary Mike Nichols today. A pioneer of stage and film. A true visionary and a friend.— Hugh Jackman (@RealHughJackman) November 20, 2014
Everyone who knew Mike Nichols at all had this in common. (And this is hard truth.) We felt blessed for every moment we spent with him. God.— james l. brooks (@canyonjim) November 20, 2014
RIP the Great Mike Nichols - elite member of the pantheon of directors whether stage screen or tv. Any conversation was rich w/wit & wisdom— Ron Howard (@RealRonHoward) November 20, 2014
One of the absolute greatest. RIP. Mike Nichols.— kerry washington (@kerrywashington) November 20, 2014
Mike Nichols leaves behind a staggering body of work. He's one of the best filmmakers and stage directors ever. Influenced everyone. #GENIUS— Ben Stiller (@RedHourBen) November 20, 2014
Thank you Mike Nichols. And here's to you Mrs. Robinson. RIP— Connie Britton (@conniebritton) November 20, 2014
So sad to hear about the death of Mike Nichols. He was a creative giant.— Steve Carell (@SteveCarell) November 20, 2014
Funniest, smartest, most generous, wisest, kindest of all. Mike Nichols, a truly good man— mia farrow (@MiaFarrow) November 20, 2014
Goldberg also lost her dear friend Robin Williams this year. ET looks back at her, Williams and Billy Crystal's close friendship.