We met at the University of Chicago. My first impression of her was of a beautiful and dangerous girl that interested me enormously, scared me. We were both what was known on campus as dangerous. We were introduced and then we oddly met in the Illinois Central railway station on the way back to the South Side of Chicago where the university was. I said, “May I sit down?” and she said “Eeef you vish,” and we were in an improvisation—we did a whole long spy mystery improvisation for the benefit of the other people on the bench. That’s how we met. - Mike Nichols
Mrs. Robinson, you’re trying to seduce me. Aren’t you?
Mike Nichols, Dustin Hoffman and Anne Bancroft on-set of The Graduate (1967)
NYT, 1996: One evening in the early 1960’s, moments after [Nichols & May] finished performing at a Florida nightclub, Mr. Nichols was approached by none other than Zsa Zsa Gabor.
Ms. Gabor did not beat around the bush. “She told me she would be interested in doing an act with me,” Mr. Nichols recalled, “if I could get rid of the girl.”
Relaxing on a couch in his midtown Manhattan office recently, he emitted a throaty laugh. What on earth would he ever have done on a stage without “the girl”?