Carly Simon Remembers 'Truly Brilliant' Mike Nichols

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Mike Nichols and Carly Simon at Avery Fisher Hall for the Film Society of Lincoln Center's gala tribute to Nichols in 1999.

When Mike Nichols died at age 83 on Wednesday night, the entertainment community lost one of its brightest, funniest and most thoughtful voices.

Carly Simon -- who provided unforgettable music for several of his signature films, including the Oscar-winning "Let the River Run" from Working Girl -- remembers Nichols as someone you could never get enough of, in a statement to Billboard.

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"I could never spend enough time with Mike. His philosophies of life were truly brilliant, amusing and filled with warmth and an original take on people and love. He gave me the biggest break by asking me to score the movie Heartburn and after that, Working Girl and Postcards From the Edge," Simon recalls. "He gave all he had; it shows in the relationships he values most, with Diane [Sawyer] and [their children] Max and Jenny."

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Simon won the Best Original Song Academy Award in 1989 for "Let the River Run," her contribution to the film Working Girl. She also contributed the hit single "Coming Around Again" to Nichols' Heartburn in 1986 and provided BAFTA-nominated music for 1990's Postcards From the Edge.