Elaine May Elaine May, with Mike Nichols one of the most successful American comic teams of the 1950s and 1960s, became one of Hollywood's first important female directors in the 1970s and 1980s. Institution: American Jewish Archives. Print Full Image Institution American Jewish Historical Society Related contentEncyclopedia Article: Elaine MayEncyclopedia Article: Film Industry in the United States How to cite this pageJewish Women's Archive. "Elaine May." (Viewed on July 22, 2019) <https://jwa.org/media/film-us-3-still-image>.