Helen Hayes was the first of four women to complete her EGOT. Her film career began in the early 1900s and lasted until her final film appearance as Lady St. Edmund in 1977's Candleshoe. She won an Oscar for best actress in a leading role for The Sin of Madelon Claudet in 1932. Hayes went on to win a Tony for best dramatic actress in 1947 for Happy Birthday and an Emmy for best actress for Schlitz Playhouse of Stars in 1953. She rounded out her EGOT completion in 1977 with a Grammy win for best spoken word recording for Great American Documents.
Actress and singer Rita Moreno is the only Latino to have won all four major American awards. Her breakthrough role was as Anita in Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins’ film adaptation of West Side Story, which won her an Oscar for best supporting actress in 1961. Moreno was the second Puerto Rican to win an Oscar. Her next award was more than 10 years later, in 1972, when she won a Grammy for best recording for children for The Electric Company. Moreno then won the Tony for best featured or supporting actress in a play for The Ritz and an Emmy for outstanding continuing or single performance by a supporting actress in variety or music for her work on The Muppet Show.
John Gielgud was a prominent English actor and theater director known for his mastery of Shakespeare’s works. Gielgud was the first recipient of all awards to also have been knighted. His first award was a Tony in 1948 for outstanding foreign company in The Importance of Being Earnest. His next EGOT award was more than two decades later in 1979 when he won best spoken word, documentary or drama recording in 1979 for Ages of Man. Two years later, he won best actor in a supporting role for Arthur. In 1991, he completed his EGOT with an Oscar for outstanding lead actor in a miniseries or special for his role in Summer’s Lease. His Oscar win at age 87 also made him the oldest EGOT winner.
Audrey Hepburn has become one of film's biggest icons. Known for her acting, humanitarian work and fashion sense, the Breakfast at Tiffany’s actress was also the fifth EGOT winner. Her first award was in 1953 when she won best actress in a leading role for Roman Holiday. Next, she won a Tony for best actress in a drama for her role in Ondine in 1954. Hepburn won an Emmy for outstanding individual achievement, informational programming in 1993 for Gardens of the World With Audrey Hepburn. She became the first to win two awards consecutively at the following years Grammys with the best spoken word album for children with Audrey Hepburn’s Enchanted Tales. Hepburn’s 1994 win also made her the first to complete the EGOT posthumously as she died in 1993.
Marvin Hamlisch was a composer who completed his EGOT in 1995 with the outstanding individual achievement in music direction Emmy for Barbra: The Concert. Hamlisch won a total of 12 awards and had the most Oscars of any EGOT winner. His first Oscar was in 1973 for best music, original dramatic score forThe Way We Were. His first Grammy was the following year for song of the year for The Way We Were. His only Tony win was in 1976 for best music score for the much-loved A Chorus Line. Alongside Rodgers, he is the only other EGOT winner to have been awarded a Pulitzer.
Jonathan Tunick was a composer, conductor and music arranger. He completed his EGOT in 1997 with a best orchestrations Tony for Titanic. He was the first to win the best orchestration Tony, as the category first appeared that year. Prior to his Tony win, Tunick won an Oscar for best music, original song score and its adaptation or best adaptation score for A Little Night Music, an Emmy for outstanding achievement in music direction in 1982 for Night of 100 Stars and the 1988 best instrumental arrangement accompanying vocals Grammy for No One Is Alone with Cleo Laine.
Mel Brooks was the eighth person to be inducted into the EGOT club. The film director, screenwriter, actor, producer, composer and all-around entertainment industry Renaissance man won his first award in 1967 with the outstanding writing achievement in variety Emmy for The Sid Caesar, Imogene, Coca, Carl Reiner, Howard Morris Special. Brooks went on to win an Oscar in 1968 for best writing, story and screenplay written directly for the screen for The Producers. His Grammy came 30 years later, in 1998, for best spoken comedy album for The 2000 Year Old Man in the Year 2000 followed in 2001 with a Tony win for best book of a musical, again for The Producers. He is a self-described "EGOTAK," having also won awards from the American Film Institute and Kennedy Center.
The late director Mike Nichols’ films earned a total of 42 Oscar nominations and a place in the EGOT hall of fame. Nichols has the most Tony Awards of any EGOT winner. He also holds the title of longest times pan of awards. His work onAn Evening With Mike Nichols and Elaine May won him a Grammy for best comedy performance in 1961. Nichols then won his first Tony in 1964 for best director, dramatic for Barefoot in the Park. In 1967, he was awarded an Oscar for best director for The Graduate. He rounded out his EGOT in 2001 by directing the Emmy-winning film Wit.
Some have suggested thatWhoopi Goldberg is a controversial addition to the list as her Emmy award was not a Primetime Emmy but a Daytime Emmy. That being said, Goldberg became the first Africa- American winner with her 2002 Emmy for outstanding special class special for hosting Beyond Tara: The Extraordinary Life of Hattie McDaniel and her Tony award for best musical for Thoroughly Modern Millie the same year. Her first award was an Oscar in 1990 for best actress in a supporting role for Ghost. Her comedic charm won her the 1995 best comedy recording Grammy for Whoopi Goldberg: Original Broadway Show Recording.
Scott Rudin became the first winner to primarily be a producer in 2012. His first award was in 1984 for outstanding children’s program for He Makes Me Feel Like Dancin’. His first of eight Tony Awards was in 1994 for the best musical winner Passion. He then went on to win the best picture Oscar for his producing work on the film adaptation of Cormac McCarthy's No Country for Old Men. Rudin won a best musical theater album Grammy for The Book of Mormon: Original Broadway Cast Recording in 2012.
Robert Lopez is the youngest winner and completed his EGOT in the shortest duration. Lopez faces the same scrutiny as Goldberg as his Emmy is also a Daytime Emmy. In 2004, he won the Tony for best score for Avenue Q. He won his Emmy for outstanding achievement in music direction and composition for Wonder Pets in 2008. His 2012 Best Musical Theater Album Grammy for The Book of Mormon: Original Broadway Cast Recording makes him and Rudin the only two EGOT-ers to be co-winners of the same award. His final EGOT award was in 2014 for best original song for the immensely popular “Let It Go” from Disney’s Frozen.
John Legend, Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber became EGOT winners through their roles as exec producers of Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert, which won outstanding live variety special at the 2018 Creative Arts Emmys. They become the 13th, 14th and 15th individuals to score an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony.
In 2020, composer Alan Menken became the 16th person to achieve EGOT status with a Daytime Emmy win for best original song in a children's, young adult or animated program for Disney Channel's Rapunzel's Tangled Adventure. He composed the song "Waiting in the Wings," sharing the Daytime Emmy with lyricist Glenn Slater. This was not Menken's first Emmy, but it was his first competitive Emmy. He received an honorary Primetime Emmy in 1990 for his work on "Wonderful Ways to Say No" from Cartoon All-Stars to the Rescue, an anti-drug special produced by the TV academy. Menken also has won eight Oscars, with those wins coming for songs and scores from The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin and Pocahontas. He also has won 11 Grammys, for his work on the aforementioned films. He won a Tony Award in 2012 for best original score for Newsies.
Jennifer Hudson scored an EGOT when she won a Tony for her role as a producer on A Strange Loop, which won the Tony for best musical in 2022. The singer, actress and producer has won an acting Oscar (for Dreamgirls in 2007), two performing Grammys (best musical theater album for The Color Purple, in 2017, and best R&B album for Jennifer Hudson, in 2009) and a Daytime Emmy (as executive producer on the VR animated film Baby Yaga). In 2016, she was memorably snubbed by the Tonys when she didn’t receive a nod for her role as Shug Avery in The Color Purple, despite initially being the big name-draw around the nominated revival.
Viola Davis achieved EGOT status in February 2023 when she won the best audiobook, narration and storytelling recording award for her memoir, Finding Me. “I wrote this book to honor the 6-year-old Viola. To honor her, her life, her joy, her trauma, everything. And it has just been such a journey. I just EGOT!,” she said while accepting the honor as the audience cheered. The actress also has Tony Awards for best featured actress in a play in King Hedley II and for best lead actress in a play in the 2010 production of Fences. She won and Oscar in 2017 for best performance in the film adaptation of Fences and an Emmy in 2015 for best lead actress in a drama series for How to Get Away With Murder.