The triple crown of acting consists of a rarified group of actors who have won an Oscar, Tony and Emmy. So far more than 20 actors have earned this distinction with such legends as Maggie Smith, Jessica Lange and Al Pacino among them. Oscar and Tony champ Catherine Zeta-Jones has recently begun venturing into television, first with her work on “Feud: Bette and Joan” and now with the current TV movie “Cocaine Godmother,” which aired January 20 on Lifetime. Should this telefilm win acclaim and Zeta-Jones receive awards recognition in the form of an Emmy, that would qualify the Welsh actress for inclusion in the Triple Crown of acting club.
Zeta-Jones plays Griselda Blanco in “Cocaine Godmother,” a real-life key drug dealer in the brutal cocaine trafficking industry. This has been a passion project of Zeta-Jones, which she has tried to get made in various forms for years. She won her Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her highly praised performance as Velma Kelly in the Best Picture winner of 2002 “Chicago.” And she took home her Tony as Best Actress in a Musical for a revival of “A Little Night Music” in which she played the lead role of Desiree Armfeldt in 2010. As Zeta-Jones moves into the television genre she seems in a good position to eventually join this esteemed group of Triple Crown actors.
Not to disparage the Emmys, but with the variety of categories and large number of possible ways to win an Emmy, this award is often the easier for actors at the top of their game to earn. Even the queen of all awards Meryl Streep is not in the group because she hasn’t done a Broadway show since the 1970s and has therefore never won a Tony.
Viola Davis was the most recent person to join the Triple Crown ranks with her Oscar win last year for “Fences.” Might Catherine Zeta-Jones be next? Let us know your thoughts by sounding off down in the comments section.