“EGOT,” The Awards Grand Slam
Every obituary for composer Marvin Hamlisch, who died yesterday at age 68, mentioned that he won all four of the major entertainment awards—the Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony. Just 11 people have won all four of these awards in regular competition. And only 10 lived to see this remarkable achievement. (Audrey Hepburn completed the sweep only after her death.)
Hamlisch was just 51 in 1995 when he completed his sweep of the "EGOT," as it has been dubbed. Two actresses were even younger when they achieved the feat. Rita Moreno was 45. Whoopi Goldberg was 46.
Actor John Gielgud was the oldest artist to sweep all four awards. He was 87 in September 1991 when he completed his sweep.
Six of these 11 artists were born in New York City, which is an extraordinarily high number. (Take a bow, New Yorkers.) The native New Yorkers to achieve this feat are Hamlisch, Goldberg, composer Richard Rodgers, producer Scott Rudin and "hyphenates" Jonathan Tunick and Mel Brooks.
Two others were born elsewhere in the U.S. Actress Helen Hayes was born in Washington D.C. Moreno was born in Puerto Rico, a U.S. territory.
Three were born outside the U.S. Gielgud was born in London. Actress Audrey Hepburn was born in Belgium. Director Mike Nichols was born in Berlin.
Here are the 11 artists who have won the EGOT. They're listed in the order in which they completed the awards sweep.
Richard Rodgers. The composer completed the sweep in May 1962 by winning an Emmy for Winston Churchill—The Valiant Years. He was 59. With his long-time collaborator Oscar Hammerstein II, Rodgers won an Oscar in March 1946 for the song "It Might As Well Be Spring" (from State Fair), his first three Tonys in June 1950 for South Pacific and his first Grammy in April 1961 for The Sound Of Music. Rodgers died in December 1979.
Helen Hayes. The actress completed the sweep in February 1977 by winning a Grammy for Great American Documents (a spoken word album with Henry Fonda, James Earl Jones and Orson Welles). This made her the first woman to win all four awards. She was 76. Hayes won her first Oscar in November 1932 for The Sin Of Madelon Claudet, her first Tony in June 1947 for Happy Birthday and an Emmy in February 1953 for an episode of Schlitz Playhouse Of Stars. Hayes died in March 1993.