Helen Mirren reprised her Oscar-winning portrayal of Queen Elizabeth II on Broadway this season in “The Audience” and bagged her first Tony for her efforts. She won one of her four Emmys for portraying the reigning monarch’s ancestor, Elizabeth I, in an HBO miniseries (the other three are for two seasons of “Prime Suspect” and “The Passion of Ayn Rand”). Now, she only needs a Grammy to become the 14th person to complete the EGOT. In keeping with her winning ways when she plays women named Elizabeth, perhaps she could record some of Elizabeth Barret Browning‘s poems.
Mirren had been the overwhelming frontrunner to win Best Actress (Play) this year, having already claimed an Olivier Award for the London run of the play which looks at the 60-plus reign of Elizabeth II through her weekly meetings with her prime ministers (12 and counting). Mirren plays the monarch at various ages, shifting from young wife and mother to revered grandmother at a moment’s notice.
Third time proved the charm for Dame Helen as she had lost her previous Tony bids for revivals of “A Month in the Country” and “Dance of Death.”
Mirren joins these other eight performers in need of a Grammy to complete an awards grand slam are:
Ellen Burstyn (Oscar 75, Tony 75, Emmy 09)
Jeremy Irons (Tony 84, Oscar 90, Emmy 97)
Liza Minnelli (Tony 65, Oscar 72, Emmy 73, Honorary Grammy doesn’t count)
Al Pacino (Tony 60, Oscar 92, Emmy 04)
Christopher Plummer (Tony 74, Emmy 77, Oscar 11)
Vanessa Redgrave (Oscar 77, Emmy 81, Tony 03)
Geoffrey Rush (Oscar 96, Emmy 05, Tony 09)
Maggie Smith (Oscar 69, Tony 90, Emmy 03)
Below, watch Mirren be grateful ever so gracefully as she accepts the Tony Award.