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Mark Harris on Mike Nichols and others

Writers on Film

John Bleasdale talks to author Mark Harris about his books Pictures from the Revolution and his recent biography of Mike NIchols.Mark's recommended book is Jason Bailey's Fun City Cinema, available here.Here's the blurb to Mark's most recent book:An instant New York Times Bestseller!A magnificent biography of one of the most protean creative forces in American entertainment history, a life of dazzling highs and vertiginous plunges--some of the worst largely unknown until now--by the acclaimed author of Pictures at a Revolution and Five Came BackMike Nichols burst onto the scene as a wunderkind: while still in his twenties, he was half of a hit improv duo with Elaine May that was the talk of the country. Next he directed four consecutive hit plays, won back-to-back Tonys, ushered in a new era of Hollywood moviemaking with Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, and followed it with The Graduate, which won him an Oscar and became the third-highest-grossing movie ever. At thirty-five, he lived in a three-story Central Park West penthouse, drove a Rolls-Royce, collected Arabian horses, and counted Jacqueline Kennedy, Elizabeth Taylor, Leonard Bernstein, and Richard Avedon as friends.Where he arrived is even more astonishing given where he had begun: born Igor Peschkowsky to a Jewish couple in Berlin in 1931, he was sent along with his younger brother to America on a ship in 1939. The young immigrant boy caught very few breaks. He was bullied and ostracized--an allergic reaction had rendered him permanently hairless--and his father died when he was just twelve, leaving his mother alone and overwhelmed.The gulf between these two sets of facts explains a great deal about Nichols's transformation from lonely outsider to the center of more than one cultural universe--the acute powers of observation that first made him famous; the nourishment he drew from his creative partnerships, most enduringly with May; his unquenchable drive; his hunger for security and status; and the depressions and self-medications that brought him to terrible lows. It would take decades for him to come to grips with his demons. In an incomparable portrait that follows Nichols from Berlin to New York to Chicago to Hollywood, Mark Harris explores, with brilliantly vivid detail and insight, the life, work, struggle, and passion of an artist and man in constant motion. Among the 250 people Harris interviewed: Elaine May, Meryl Streep, Stephen Sondheim, Robert Redford, Glenn Close, Tom Hanks, Candice Bergen, Emma Thompson, Annette Bening, Natalie Portman, Julia Roberts, Lorne Michaels, and Gloria Steinem.Mark Harris gives an intimate and evenhanded accounting of success and failure alike; the portrait is not always flattering, but its ultimate impact is to present the full story of one of the most richly interesting, complicated, and consequential figures the worlds of theater and motion pictures have ever seen. It is a triumph of the biographer's art.Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/writers-on-film. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


13 Aug 2021

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EP234: Mike Nichols: A Director

Hollywood & Levine

More with author, Mark Harris who wrote the book MIKE NICHOLS: A LIFE. In this episode we delve into Nichols’ directing career — his approach, process, hits and misses, theatre and films, and how Jackie Kennedy helped get one of his movies released. Get Honey for FREE at https://joinhoney.com/LEVINE More podcasts at WAVE: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/artist/wave-podcast-network/1437831426


22 Jul 2021

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EP233: Mike Nichols: A Life

Hollywood & Levine

Ken talks with Mark Harris, author of the best-seller, “Mike Nichols: A Life” — a fascinating look into this complex giant of the entertainment industry. This week: His early life, influences, and relationship with Elaine May, which spawned the hugely successful comedy team, Nichols & May. More podcasts at WAVE: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/artist/wave-podcast-network/1437831426


15 Jul 2021

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Mark Harris on Mike Nichols’ Incomparable Life

Here's The Thing with Alec Baldwin

Alec’s guest Mark Harris has written a compelling new biography about one of the most celebrated directors of all time, Mike Nichols. Drawn from more than 250 interviews, Mike Nichols: A Life tracks Nichol’s difficult childhood as a German Jewish immigrant growing up in New York City to his college years at the University of Chicago where Nichols found a community of performers, including his life-long collaborator Elaine May. In 1963, Mike Nichols and Elaine May performed more than 300 sold-out comedy shows on Broadway. Nichols then spent decades moving fluidly between directing on Broadway and in Hollywood. His movies include The Graduate, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Silkwood, and Working Girl, and his plays include Neil Simon’s Barefoot in the Park, Tom Stoppard’s The Real Thing, and Monty Python’s Spamalot. Over the course of his lifetime, Mike Nichols’ won every major award in his field and, as Mark Harris movingly chronicles, it took a lifetime for Mike Nichols to learn to be happy.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com


22 Jun 2021

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5 NG Bill introduced in legislature, Attorney Mike Nichols, Little John, 420 EXPO, CANNABIS! CANNABIS!

The Todd L. Levitt Marijuana Law Podcast

Attorney Mike Nichols is back in the Mother-Ship providing legal analysis, great conversation with a twist of humor. Mike discusses a new bill destined to fail (we can only hope) that sets THC limits at 5NG under the motor vehicle code. Little John is back delivering his always high energy sense of humor. Former Detroit Red Wing Hockey Player set to appear at the up coming 420 Canna Expo June 4th-5th. www.420cannaexpo.com 


7 May 2021

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Mark Harris: ‘Mike Nichols: A Life’

The Treatment

Writer Mark Harris on Mike Nichols as an outsider.


20 Apr 2021

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The Doctor/ Inventor Who Saved Cyclists' Erections Encounters a Psychic Healer...Also, Mark Harris on Director Mike Nichols

The Edge with Mark Thompson

So much here on this packed episode... Author Mark Harris has just completed a fascinating biography about Director, Mike Nichols.  MIKE NICHOLS: A LIFE Harris joins Mark Thompson to discuss... Mike Nichols, an immigrant, with a troubled childhood, emerges as a key figure in entertainment, Mike Nichols story is a remarkable one. Then, J Elvis Weinstein joins Mark for a conversation about a lot of things: Don McLean the singer and his girlfriend and also a word about Mark's radio producer, Albert, who has also joined.  Mark tells a story about his failed Comedy Central pilot script and how success in show business has to bring many things together.  Finally, our featured guest is Dr. Roger Minkow.  Roger is an inventor who revolutionized the bicycle seat for millions of men suffering from erectile dysfunction.  His seats literally changed that world. Roger is also the mind behind airline seat redesign that's been installed in cockpits around the world. Roger Minkow has arrived to the show on this episode with a story of cancer and a virtual healer who is delivered to his life in a bizarre and chance fashion. Check it out and tell us what you think. edgewithmarkthompson@gmail.com 00-2:11 Mark says hello 2:11-13:28 Mark Harris on Mike Nichols 13:28-39:15 J Elvis joins Mark and they welcome Albert 39:15-1:23:00. Dr Roger Minkow

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16 Apr 2021

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Mike Nichols (with Mark Harris)


Amy and Paul sit down with Mark Harris, author of "Mike Nichols: A Life," to discuss the career of the famed director of films like "The Graduate" and "Who's Afraid Of Virginia Woolf?", and the insights Harris uncovered by diving into his life and work. Next week, movie discussion resumes, as we kick off our Underdogs series on real-life-inspired sports films with Hoosiers!


11 Mar 2021

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WOG - Symetra Tour's, Mike Nichols + Jamie Leno Zimron, LPGA Professional

Women of Golf

Welcome to the Women of Golf Show!Tune in Tuesday 9:00 AM Eastern This week on the Women of Golf we welcome two special guests. First up, Mike Nichols, Chief Business Officer - Symetra Tour. Then Later, their joined by Jamie Leno Zimron, Class A LPGA Teaching Professional.More on Mike & Jamie:Mike Nichols has been the Chief Business Officer of the LPGA Symetra Tour since July 2012. Prior to that, he served as the VP of Tournament Business Affairs at the LPGA, as well as the Championship Director of the 2005 US Senior Open. Jamie Leno Zimron is a Class A LPGA Teaching Professional, 6th Degree Aikido Black Belt, Somatic Psychologist, Corporate Speaker and Mind-Body Fitness Trainer. A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Stanford University, she is the creator of KiAi Golf, The Centered Way, and is currently offering a new training initiative: Where Business Meets The Green: Turning Golf Into Gold. Join LIVE Tuesdays 9:00 - 10:00AM Eastern http://www.blogtalkradio.com/womenofgolf Or listen on these platforms:  iTunes , Stitcher, Tunein, Castbox, TalkStreamLive & Spotify.


9 Mar 2021

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Ep. 139 - Mark Harris – On the Extraordinary Lives of Mike Nichols

5 Things with Lisa Birnbach

Lisa Birnbach’s guest this week, Journalist Mark Harris, met the director Mike Nichols when he directed "Angels in America", the iconic play written by Harris' husband, Tony Kushner, for HBO. The Broadway and film director of "Barefoot in the Park," "The Graduate", "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf", "Carnal Knowledge", "Heartburn," "The Real Thing" and many others befriended the couple along the way, a friendship which endured until Nichols' death in 2014.  The biography is exhaustive and filled with personal anecdotes and informative insights-- beyond Nichols and his body of work but also the life of the creative class from the 1950s through the present.Lisa Birnbach’s 5 Things that make her life better: 1. Our dog breeders, April and Sue, 2. Our dog trainer, Sam Schmidt, 3. Bulgarian Feta, 4. Dolly Parton, 5. The movie, “The Graduate”.The 5 Things that make life better for Mark Harris: 1. The Library of America, 2. The Criterion Channel, 3. Sheet-pan cooking, 4. Headspace (meditation website), 5. My Blu-ray player.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.


5 Mar 2021