Mike Nichols: A Life by Mark Harris

For years, colleagues and friends tried coaxing and chivying Mike Nichols into writing his autobiography and telling just how the whole shebang unfolded: the wunderkind comedy partnership with Elaine May that set things spinning in the late 1950s and led to Nichols’s prodigious career as a theater director, which led—seamlessly—to his equally notable career as a filmmaker. Movie project No. 1: Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, starring Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton. Sophomore effort: The Graduate.

Nichols treated the book idea as a great gag. Another Fucking Beautiful Day was the title he offered for an account of his early days in Hollywood. He later suggested The Wrong Jew as the handle for a biography. Don’t bother looking on Amazon.