There’s the Oscar, the Emmy the Tony and the Grammy. How many people have all four of those prestigious awards?
Officially the count is 15. But how many of those actually “won” the awards? And how many of those people won for “performing?”
Barbra Streisand, James Earl Jones and Liza Minnelli make the list. But each has only “won” three and been awarded the fourth. Barbra has a Special Tony Award. Liza has a Special Grammy Award. And Jones an honorary Oscar.
Five of the winners are not performers. Composers Richard Rodgers (who holds the records for most wins and is pictured below), Marvin Hamlisch, Jonathan Tunik and Robert Lopez and producer Scott Rudin. Two, while sometime performers, won for writing and directing– Mike Nichols and Mel Brooks.
Only five performers have won all four – Helen Hayes,(above) Rita Moreno,(below), Audrey Hepburn, John Gielgud, and Whoopi Goldberg.
But Whoopi’s Emmy is a Daytime Emmy, and her Tony is for being co-producer of a show, not being a performer on Broadway.
Gielgud’s Tonys are for directing and producing. That leaves Hayes, Moreno and Hepburn as the only three who can be counted as true winners of the four awards for their performances.
Even then, Hepburn’s Emmy is for being a host on a show about gardens. So only Helen Hayes and Rita Moreno can claim wins for parts they played.
As for Rodgers, he had a long and prestigious career. First he collaborated with Lorenz (Larry) Hart on Broadway musicals (Babes in Arms, Pal Joey and others) AND films. Later he teamed with Oscar Hammerstein Jr. on American classics such as Oklahoma, South Pacific, and The Sound of Music.
Rodgers even wrote solo, both music and lyrics. His credits are too numerous to mention. And among his many other awards he also won a Pulitzer.