What Is an EGOT? Everything You Need to Know About This Prestigious Honor

by Michelle Guerrere
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Pop the bubbly and pass out the viewing party crudités, because Awards Season is upon us! Fresh off the Grammys, the talk of the town is whether anyone will become an EGOT winner this year...that is, whether there will be one lucky recipient of at least one Emmy Award, one Grammy Award, one Oscar (Academy Award) and one Tony Award combined.

The term "EGOT" was coined in 1984 by actor Philip Michael Thomas (of Miami Vice fame) when he was spotted wearing a conspicuous gold medallion necklace emblazoned with the initials "EGOT" and told a reporter, "Hopefully in the next five years I will win all of those awards." Although Thomas has still not reached EGOT winner status, he did help name the ultimate honor for those in the television, music, film and theater industries. To date, only twelve individuals have ever been initiated into this elite inner circle (the latest in 2014), and for some, it didn't even happen during their lifetimes. 

Below, we’ve rounded up some of the most significant EGOT winners of all time. 

 

AUDREY HEPBURN

WHO: Actress (1929-1993)

EMMY for: Gardens of the World with Audrey Hepburn in 1993, Best Individual Achievement, Informational Programming

GRAMMY for: Audrey Hepburn’s Enchanted Tales in 1994, Best Spoken Word Album for Children

OSCAR for: Roman Holiday in 1953, Best Actress for her role as Princess Ann

TONY for: Ondine in 1954, Best Actress in a Drama for her portrayal of Ondine

CLAIM TO FAME: She was the first EGOT winner to take home the award posthumously

 

WHOOPI GOLDBERG

WHO: Performer, producer (1955-present)

EMMY for: Beyond Tara: The Extraordinary Life of Hattie McDaniel in 2002, Best Special Class Special; The View in 2009, Best Talk Show Host

GRAMMY for: Whoopi Goldberg: Original Broadway Show Recording in 1985

OSCAR for: Ghost in 1990, Best Supporting Actress

TONY for: Thoroughly Modern Millie in 2002, Best Musical (producer)

CLAIM TO FAME: First African-American EGOT winner

 

MIKE NICHOLS

WHO: Performer, producer, director (1931-2014)

EMMY for: Wit and Angels in America, four Emmys in 2001 and 2004 combined

GRAMMY for: An Evening With Mike Nichols and Elaine May in 1961, Best Comedy Performance

OSCAR for: The Graduate in 1967, Best Director

TONY for: Ten total wins, including Best Director of a Play for The Odd Couple in 1965 and a Tony for Best Musical for Annie in 1977

CLAIM TO FAME: The winner of the most Emmys, Grammys, Tonys and Oscars combined out of the EGOT dozen

 

ROBERT LOPEZ

WHO: Composer (1975-present)

EMMY for: Wonder Pets in 2008 and 2010, Best Music Direction and Composition

GRAMMY for: The Book of Mormon in 2012, Best Musical Theater Album; Frozen in 2015, Best Compilation Soundtrack; “Let It Go” from Frozen in 2015, Best Song for Visual Media

OSCAR for: “Let It Go” from Frozen in 2014, Best Original Song

TONY for: Avenue Q in 2004, Best Score; The Book of Mormon in 2011, Best Score and Best Book of a Musical

CLAIM TO FAME: Most recent EGOT recipient (2014) and the youngest winner

Stock up on new stemless champagne flutes for all of your Awards Season toasting, and tell us who your favorite EGOT winner is in the comments!

 

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