Bette Midler, Lin-Manuel Miranda and which 17 other entertainers need an Oscar to reach EGOT?

Legendary entertainer Bette Midler and recent sensation Cynthia Erivo have now joined an exclusive awards group with big victories in 2017. Each lady is just an Oscar away from reaching EGOT status.

Only a dozen people have won the awards grand slam known as the EGOT (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, Tony). They are (in chronological order of achievement) composer Richard Rodgers, actress Helen Hayes, actress Rita Moreno, actor John Gielgud, actress Audrey Hepburn, composer Marvin Hamlisch, orchestrator Jonathan Tunick, writer/director/composer Mel Brooks, director Mike Nichols, actress Whoopi Goldberg, producer Scott Rudin, and composer Robert Lopez.

It took Midler over four decades to win three of these four major trophies. Her first Grammy was for Best New Artist in 1974). Her first Emmy was for the variety special “Ol’ Red Hair Is Back” in 1977. And she picked up her first Tony last month for “Hello, Dolly.”

Erivo has had a quick run of success. She first won a Tony for her lead role in the musical “The Color Purple” in 2016. For that same project, she then won a Grammy this year and a Daytime Emmy for her cast performance on “Today Show.”

Tour our photo gallery above for information about the 19 living people who just need an Academy Award to achieve EGOT. They are: actor Harry Belafonte, composer Martin Charnin, Erivo, composer/producer Anne Garefino, actor James Earl Jones, composer John Kander, composer/actress Cyndi Lauper, composer John McDaniel, actress Audra McDonald, Midler, composer Lin-Manuel Miranda, actress Cynthia Nixon, composer/producer Trey Parker, composer Marc Shaiman, composer Bill Sherman, composer/producer Matt Stone, composer Charles Strouse, actress Lily Tomlin, and actor Dick Van Dyke. Please note that Belafonte and Jones received honorary Oscars but have never won in competition, a requirement to be considered an EGOT champion.

There are also five deceased people who won at the Emmys, Grammys, and Tonys but never prevailed at the Oscars: composer Leonard Bernstein, composer Cy Coleman, composer Fred Ebb, actress Julie Harris, and actor James Whitmore.

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