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Working Man: Hollywood raises a glass to Mike Nichols

June 11, 2010 | 11:31 am

Mike2 AFI showed Mike Nichols some love on Thursday, as a who’s who of Hollywood -- including Dustin Hoffman, Jack Nicholson and Cher -- turned out to give funny, naughty and heartfelt cheers to the Oscar-winning hyphenate.

The 78-year-old Nichols, who has directed such film classics as "Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?,"  "The Graduate" and "Working Girl," was feted with the group's Life Achievement Award. The ceremony, which took place on the Sony lot and which you can see on TV Land June 26, had plenty of touching moments.

Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel reunited to sing "Mrs. Robinson," their signature tune from "The Graduate."

Elaine May, Nichols’ former comedy partner who also wrote the scripts for "The Birdcage" and "Primary Colors," said that "this is a very emotional night for me because 30 years ago I bought this dress for his first lifetime achievement award." She told that crowd that the Berlin-born Nichols was actually Albert Einstein’s cousin and read a "faux" letter from Einstein to Nichols that she found while perusing a Gutenberg Bible that sat on Nichols’ coffee table.

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