Viola Davis is first black winner of Oscar, Emmy and Tony acting awards

Viola Davis just needs a Grammy to complete the EGOT after winning an Oscar on Sunday for her supporting performance in “Fences.” She was the first black actress to win an Emmy for a leading role in a drama series when she prevailed two years ago for “How to Get Away with Murder.” And she has two Tonys for her work in the 2010 stage version of “Fences” and another August Wilson play, “King Hedley II” in 2001.

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Only two of the 12 people to pull off the grand slam of all four major showbiz awards won their Oscar, Emmy and Tony for acting:  Helen Hayes and Rita Moreno (Hayes got her Grammy for spoken word while Moreno won for children’s album).

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An additional 20 performers have won these top honors for their skills as thespians: Jack Albertson, Anne Bancroft, Ingrid Bergman, Ellen Burstyn, Shirley Booth, Melvyn Douglas, Jeremy Irons, Jessica Lange, Frances McDormand, Thomas Mitchell, Helen Mirren, Al Pacino, Christopher Plummer, Vanessa Redgrave, Jason Robards, Geoffrey Rush, Paul Scofield, Maggie Smith, Maureen Stapleton and Jessica Tandy.

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