It was a different time. Marriages were forever and the world only operated in twos. One of the golden couples was the Mike Nichols-Diane Sawyer combo. It was high society. It was when the Emmy Award still mattered. And Nichols won that and more.
Now that is over. Nichols died suddenly at age 83. Sawyer no longer is the regular anchor on ABC Nightly News.
Marriages are serial. And each partner has to pull his or her own weight in maintaining a glam profile. That's even true for Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie. No one expects that duo force field to endure forever.
When brandnames gather to provide eulogies for Nichols, they may or may not mention he was the last of a breed. The media did reflect on that when Ben Bradlee died. His professional identity was cemented with that of his wife Sally Quinn.