Only 12 people in history have won the Emmy, the Grammy, the Oscar and the Tony, or “EGOT’ed” — the ultimate mic drop move in show business and Hollywood’s Holy Grail. Technically 17 people have achieved this coinage if you count “special” or “honorary” awards, in which case Liza Minnelli, James Earl Jones, Barbra Streisand, Alan Menken, and Harry Belafonte are also members.
However, most EGOT worshipers don’t count non-competitive awards. With The Musical Messiah, Lin-Manuel Miranda, potentially becoming lucky (competitive) number 13 with an Oscar nom for his Moana anthem, “How Far I’ll Go,” there’s feverish will-he-or-won’t-he speculation. So as a pre-Oscars refresher, here’s your comprehensive rundown on the competitive — Babs, you’re still forever in our hearts — winners’ road to EGOT.
RICHARD ROGERS (EGOT’ed 1962)
Emmy: The legendary composer (as in Rogers and Hammerstein) won an Emmy in 1962 for Outstanding Achievement in Original Music with docu-series Winston Churchill: The Valiant Years.
Grammy: In 1960, five years before Julie Andrews was feeling alive in the Austrian hills on the silver screen, Rogers’ won his first Grammy, Best Original Cast Show Album, for Broadway’s The Sound of Music.
Oscar: His Academy Award christening was Best Original Song in 1945 for State Fair’s “It Might as Well be Spring” — not his most catchy tune, but 1940s movie musical catnip.
Tony: The man collected Tonys like people collect Pokémon, but his first (three) came in 1950 with South Pacific.
Bonus Factoid: Hamilton’s Broadway home is the Richard Rogers Theater.
HELEN HAYES (EGOT’ed 1977)
Emmy: In 1953, when the Emmys were still in their infancy, there were fewer and more general categories. Hayes claimed the Best Actress nod. THE Best Actress, no big deal.
Grammy: Hayes won Best Spoken Word Album alongside Henry Fonda and James Earl Jones for their 1976 recording, Great American Documents. MAGA.
Oscar: In 1932, just before Hollywood brought down the censorship hammer, Hayes won Best Actress for playing a prostitute in The Sin of Madelon Claudet. She’d win another Oscar 39 years later as a stowaway in Airport.
Tony: Known as “the First Lady of American Theater,” Hayes is considered a stage icon. She won her first Tony, for Best Actress, in the comedic play Happy Birthday.
Bonus Factoid: Instead of statues, winners at the first two Tonys got a scroll, a money clip, a cigarette lighter (for men), and makeup compact (for women).
RITA MORENO (EGOT’ed 1977)
Emmy: A one-episode stint on The Muppet Show earned Moreno her first Emmy for (take a deep breath): Outstanding Continuing or Single Performance by a Supporting Actress in Variety or Music. An Emmy is an Emmy.
Grammy: Cringe alert. Moreno and Bill Cosby won Best Recording for Children in 1972 for their work on The Electric Company.
Oscar: The triple-threat’s memorable performance in West Side Story scored her 1962’s Best Supporting Actress.
Tony: Moreno sang “Everything’s Coming Up Roses” in The Ritz, and up came the 1975 Tony for Best Supporting or Featured (Dramatic) Actress.
Bonus Factoid: Her Oscar acceptance speech was 11 words: “I can’t believe it! Good Lord. I leave you with that!” Kanye, take note.
JOHN GIELGUD (EGOT’ed 1991)
Emmy: The very British Sir John’s 1991 Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Special win was for playing Haverford Downs (new name goals) in Summer’s Lease.
Grammy: Sir John got the 1980 Best Spoken Word Album for Ages of Man: Readings from Shakespeare. He had a fabled voice — think a plummy Hugh Grant accent but with James Earl Jones gravitas and Alan Rickman edge.
Oscar: A “serious” actor known for highbrow performances, it was ironically his part in the 1981 Dudley Moore comedy Arthur that put the “O” in his EGOT with Best Supporting Actor.
Tony: A revered transatlantic thespian, his first competitive Tony award in 1961 was for actually for directing the play Big Fish, Little Fish.
Bonus Factoid: In a 1999 interview, J.K. Rowling said, “I kind of see Dumbledore more as a John Gielgud type.”
AUDREY HEPBURN (EGOT’ed 1994)
Emmy: The timeless legend was posthumously awarded both the Emmy and the Grammy. It was just one day after Hepburn passed away from cancer that she was awarded the 1993 Outstanding Individual Achievement in Informational Programming for Gardens of the World with Audrey Hepburn.
Grammy: A few months later in 1994, the beloved actress and humanitarian would win Best Spoken Word Album for Children for her narration of Audrey Hepburn’s Enchanted Tales.
Oscar: In 1954, then a gamine new kid on the Hollywood block, Hepburn won Best Actress for her role as a princess playing hooky in Roman Holiday.
Tony: 1954 was a banner year for the starlet when she also took home a Best Actress Tony for Ondine.
Bonus Factoid: Flustered from excitement, Hepburn left her Oscar in the ladies room after winning. She got it back.
MARVIN HAMLISCH (EGOT’ed 1995)
Emmy: The late composer and conductor — responsible for a lot of cinematic “all the feels” music — won his first two Emmys in 1995 for his work on… Drumroll… Barbra: The Concert.
Grammy: Hamlisch won four Grammys in 1974, including Best New Artist. Two of those awards were for… The Way We Were. We should probably just add Babs to the list, right?
Oscar: Hamlisch’s 1974 LinkedIn activity was on fire, because that year also saw him win three Oscars, two for, again, The Way We Were and one for The Sting.
Tony: Along with lyricist Edward Kleban, Hamlisch won Best Score for A Chorus Line in 1976, cementing his Broadway icon status for posterity.
Bonus Factoid: A Chorus Line ran for 6,137 performances.
JONATHAN TUNICK (EGOT’ed 1997)
Emmy: Known for his Broadway street cred, the native New Yorker won an Emmy in 1982 for Outstanding Musical Direction on the variety special Night of 100 Stars.
Grammy: As the arranger for “No One is Alone” on the album Cleo Laine Sings Sondheim, Tunick — a frequent Stephen Sondheim cohort — picked up Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocals. Which is a thing apparently.
Oscar: He also picked up the 1978 Best Original Song Score for the film adaptation of Sondheim’s A Little Light Music.
Tony: 1997 was apparently a big Throwback Thursday moment for the Titanic. While James Cameron was King of the World-ing, a Celine Dion-less Titanic musical was a Broadway hit, which scored Tunick a Best Orchestrations prize.
Bonus Factoid: Stephen Sondheim just needs an Emmy to cement his EGOT status.
MEL BROOKS (EGOT’ed 2001)
Emmy: In 1967 the comedic genius’s first Emmy was an Outstanding Writing Achievement in Variety for The Sid Caesar, Imogene Coca, Carl Reiner, Howard Morris Special.
Grammy: Brooks aptly closed out the millennium with a Best Spoken Comedy Album in 1999 for The 2000 Year Old Man in the Year 2000.
Oscar: It was “Springtime for Hitler” and Awards Season for Brooks, who won Best Screenplay for The Producers in 1969.
Tony: Flash forward to 2001 and The Producers literally hit Broadway, earning a record 12 Tonys, still the most in Tony history, with Brooks personally taking home three.
Bonus Factoid: Brooks, his late wife Anne Bancroft, and son Max Brooks, have all won Emmys.
MIKE NICHOLS (EGOT’ed 2001)
Emmy: Career versatility was never an issue for the late German-born director, producer, and comedian. Nichols won two Emmys in 2001 for the televised adaptation of Wit — the Pulitzer Prize-winning (and super depressing) play.
Grammy: On a lighter note, Nichols landed Best Comedy Performance in 1961 with Elaine May for their eponymous comedy special.
Oscar: Here’s to you, Mrs. Robinson. Nichols scored the 1968 Best Director statue for The Graduate.
Tony: A nine-time winner for his direction on Broadway game-changers like Spamalot and Annie, it was Barefoot in the Park that led to his first Tony in 1964.
Bonus Factoid: Nichols’s third cousin twice removed was Albert Einstein.
WHOOPI GOLDBERG (EGOT’ed 2002)
Emmy: Daytime Emmys count! Goldberg picked up Outstanding Class Special for Beyond Tara: The Extraordinary Life of Hattie McDaniel in 2002. There may be another for The View…
Grammy: Whoopi Goldberg: Original Broadway Show record = the 1986 Best Comedy Recording.
Oscar: A Miss Cleo moment in Ghost led to a 1990 Best Supporting Actress moment.
Tony: She’s hosted the Tonys, and won some Tonys. As a producer of Thoroughly Modern Millie she was part of the 2002 Best Musical winners circle, and almost across the EGOT finish line.
Bonus Factoid: It was Mike Nichols who discovered Goldberg and launched her career. They were incredibly close and she considered him her mentor.
SCOTT RUDIN (EGOT’ed 2012)
Emmy: The producer of all producers on both stage and screen, Rudin is also notably feared. So file his 1984 Outstanding Children’s Program Emmy for He Makes Me Feel Like Dancin’ under “Who Would Have Thunk?”
Grammy: You can thank Rudin for The Book of Mormon. Therefore he was in on the Best Musical Theater Album for its original cast recording in 2012.
Oscar: The behind-the-scenes maestro was up there with the Coen brothers accepting No Country for Old Men’s Best Picture in 2008.
Tony: Rudin is well into the Tony double-digits, but it was the 1994 Best Musical award for Passion that earned him the “E” in EGOT.
Bonus Factoid: Rudin got his start working in Broadway producers’ offices at the age of 15.
ROBERT LOPEZ (EGOT’ed 2014)
Emmy: The latest winner of the quadfecta got his first Emmy for Outstanding Achievement in Music Direction and Composition for Wonder Pets! in 2008. (Press award repeat in 2010.)
Grammy: Lopez also worked on The Book of Mormon so scooped up that same cast album win as Scott Rudin.
Oscar: You can thank Lopez and his wife, Kristen Anderson-Lopez, for getting Frozen’s “Let it Go” stuck in your head for two years. The picked up Best Song in 2014 with a rhymed super cute speech.
Tony: Pre-Book of Mormon, Lopez actually scooped a Best Original Score in 2004 for the trippy puppet musical Avenue Q.
Bonus Factoid: Things could get interesting. Lopez is the youngest EGOT inductee at 39, and it took him just under 10 years to achieve. If Lin-Manuel Miranda wins for Moana he will be 37 and have earned the EGOT in just under nine years. They are both sweet native New Yorkers and adorable family men. Both would have started their EGOT journey with an against-the-norm Broadway show and then crossed the finish line for a Disney song. So if Miranda wins there is only one solution: they need to become best friends and start a “Carpool Karaoke” spin-off, “EGOT the Power.”