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Diane Sawyer & Mike Nichols: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

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Diane Sawyer announced today on Twitter that August 27 is her last ABC World News broadcast:

Since she had originally announced, back in June, that she was leaving in September, this comes as a bit of a shock.

When she broke the news earlier in the summer, Newsday reported that sources told the paper that “her husband, Mike Nichols, the great director, is ill, while her mother — to whom she is also devoted — is of an advanced age. Many ABC watchers assumed Sawyer at some point would want to spend more time with them.”

As we await the esteemed journalist’s last broadcast, let’s celebrate Sawyer and Nichols’ love story.


1. They Both Love Their Jobs

Sawyer realizes that as a journalist, her job is completely different from her director husband’s.

She told Parade:

I promise you, I wake up every single day and I have 30 things I want to know before breakfast. Which is the opposite of what my husband does. He wakes up in the midst of the creative dream he’s always dreaming—I want to learn the facts.

The broadcast journalist spent 10 years on Good Morning America, and then went on to host ABC World News in 2009.

In 1968, Nichols took home the Academy Award for Best Director for The Graduate. He also directed classics films such as Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Working Girl, and The Birdcage.

They both are passionate about their work, a fact that Sawyer embraces.

She told Ladies Home Journal:

We’re both passionate about our work: He’ll say, ‘I have to go and do this.’ And I’ll say, ‘I have to go and do this.’ And then we’ll come back home and it’s ‘Hello again.’ It’s a beautiful thing, seeing someone you love so enraptured by what they do.

The video above is from 2003’s 26th Kennedy Center Honors awards ceremony, where Nichols was given a nod for his luminous career.


2. Mike Is More Romantic

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She told LHJ,

“He’s much more romantic than I am. He puts little notes in my sock drawer or in my suitcase before I leave for a work trip. I think one of the most romantic things is simply the way he reaches for my hand all the time. “


3. He Said His Life Began When He Met Diane

Sawyer is Nichols’ fourth wife, and he told the Hollywood Reporter, “I had loved other women before, but not like this.”

They met on the Concorde and Nichols explained the encounter to the Hollywood Reporter:

She was hiding in the lounge because she hadn’t done her hair or something. I found her and said, ‘You’re my hero.’ And she said: ‘No, you’re my hero. Do you ever have lunch?’ She wanted to interview me for 60 Minutes. I pretended that I was up for it, and we had about 14 lunches.”


4. She Knew Her Life Was Changing Before She Even Talked to Him

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When they met, Sawyer had a feeling something was about to change, before Nichols even spoke to her.

In an interview with Harper’s Bazaar, she said:

I knew before he spoke, I knew before he was walking across the room. I knew something was happening, and maybe it’s that beautiful hallmark. Cue the violins? But I knew life was changing.

5. Mike Once Made a ‘Tragic’ Comment on Her Clothing Choice

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Sawyer dished to LHJ about the saddest thing he ever said to her.

“He asked me once, “Would you just please wear the newer sweatpants?” I thought that was the most tragic comment he has ever made to me. But I went ahead and put them on anyway,” she admitted.

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