Actress Viola Davis finally won an Academy Award in February on her third try. That Oscar win propelled her into an exclusive group of people who have won three major awards without taking home a Grammy to reach 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.
Davis first triumphed at the Tony Awards in 2001 as Best Featured Actress in a Play for “King Hedley II.” She then won an Emmy in 2015 as Best Drama Actress for “How to Get Away with Murder.” Her Oscar victory came in 2017 for Best Supporting Actress in “Fences.”
There are a total of 25 performers who have won a combination of the Emmy, Oscar, and Tony without a Grammy Award. The 13 living people are featured in this photo gallery because they could still achieve the EGOT. They are: actress Ellen Burstyn, Davis, actor Jeremy Irons, actress Jessica Lange, actress Frances McDormand, actress and singer Liza Minnelli, actress Helen Mirren, actor Al Pacino, actor Christopher Plummer, actress Vanessa Redgrave, actor Geoffrey Rush, actress Maggie Smith, and production designer/costume designer Tony Walton. Please note that Minnelli received a Grammy Living Legend award but has never won in competition, a requirement to be considered an EGOT champion.
The 12 deceased people are actor Jack Albertson, actress Anne Bancroft, actress Ingrid Bergman, actress Shirley Booth, composer Ralph Burns, actor Melvyn Douglas, director/choreographer Bob Fosse, actor Thomas Mitchell, actor Jason Robards, actor Paul Scofield, actress Maureen Stapleton, and actress Jessica Tandy.
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