Becoming the 16th member, the most-recent inductee to the EGOT club has Disney to thank for his numerous wins over the years. The composer and songwriter has the most Oscar wins (8) of any other member, beginning with 1989’s Best Original Score win for “The Little Mermaid”. Earning a Tony for 2012’s “Newsies”, Menken was upgraded to EGOT status in 2020 with his Primetime Emmy win for Outstanding Original Song In A Children’s, Young Adult Or Animated Program for "Waiting in the Wings" from “Rapunzel's Tangled Adventure”. Menken previously won a non-competitive Emmy for his work on an anti-drug special for children in 1990.
Long before the term “EGOT” was coined, composer Richard Rodgers (of Rodgers & Hammerstein fame) was the first to earn all four prestigious awards when he won an Emmy for the TV documentary “Winston Churchill: The Valliant Years” in 1962. He also earned a Pulitzer Prize for Drama for the musical “South Pacific” as well as three Tony Awards for the same musical, in addition to another three Tonys for “The King And I” and “State Fair”, as well as an Oscar for Best Original Song for the 1945 movie “State Fair”. His two Grammys were awarded for Best Musical album for “The Sound Of Music” and “No Strings”.
Fifteen years after Rodgers’ inaugural EGOT honours, Helen Hayes became the second person and first female to reach EGOT status – an achievement that took her 45 years. Winning two Oscars for both “The Sin of Madelon Claudet” and another for “Airport”, she also nabbed two Tonys for “Happy Birthday” in 1947 and another in 1958 for “Time Remembered”. She won a Best Actress Emmy for an episode of “Schlitz Playhouse Of The Stars” in 1953. Finally, she won a Grammy for Best Spoken Word Album for “Great American Documents” in 1977, cementing her EGOT status.
Helen Hayes’ status as the only female EGOT winner was short-lived when Rita Moreno joined the club just seven months later after winning an Emmy for her guest spot on “The Muppet Show” in 1977 (she won again in 1978 for “The Rockford Files”). In the span of 16 years, Moreno also won an Oscar for “West Side Story”, a Grammy for “The Electric Company” children’s recording and a Tony for “The Ritz”.
Moreno’s record 16-year time span to reach EGOT status was the speediest benchmark until 2014.
Just a few weeks before he turned 75, Mel Brooks became the eighth person to reach EGOT status. “The Producers” is what cemented his membership to the exclusive club, earning him his Oscar in 1968 and, 33 years later, three Tonys for the Broadway adaptation of the film in 2001. He earned his first Emmy in 1967 for “The Sid Caesar, Imogene Coca, Carl Reiner, Howard Morris Special” followed by another three beginning in 1997 for guest spots on “Mad About You”, and won a Grammy for Best Spoken Comedy Album “The 2000 Year Old Man In The Year 2000”.
Whoopi Goldberg famously poked fun at her EGOT status on an episode of “30 Rock” with Tracy Morgan’s Tracy Jordan who questioned her inclusion because her Emmy win is technically a Daytime Emmy. As she told Tracy: “It still counts. Girl’s gotta eat!”
Goldberg’s first win was a 1985 Grammy for her comedy album “Whoopi Goldberg – Original Broadway Show Recording”, followed by her Best Supporting Actress Oscar for “Ghost” in 1990. The year 2002 was a good one for Goldberg: she got her Emmy for hosting “Beyond Tara: The Extraordinary Life of Hattie McDaniel” and a Tony as a co-producer of Best Musical winner “Thoroughly Modern Millie.”
Songwriter Robert Lopez is both the youngest EGOT member and boasts the quickest path to the club, earning all four statuettes in 10 years. At age 39 in 2014, he and his songwriting partner and wife Kristen Anderson-Lopez won their first Oscar for Best Original Song for “Frozen”’s “Let It Go”. His first win came in 2004 with a Tony for “Avenue Q”, followed by two Daytime Emmys for “Wonder Pets” and in 2012, shared a Grammy with Scott Rudin for “Book Of Mormon” which also make the pair the first to share an award to help get them into the EGOT club.
John Legend became the first Black man to join the EGOT club with his shared 2018 Emmy win for “Outstanding Variety Special (Live)” for “Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert” with Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber – the first shared win to induct three people into the club.
Legend is the EGOT member with the most Grammys (11, to date) and the only person to have both a Daytime and Primetime Emmy. As well, Legend is the only member of the club to primarily be a musician and is the only person to have earned all four awards in four consecutive years, beginning with his win Academy Award win for “Glory’ from “Selma” in 2015. He also won a Tony in 2017 for Best Revival for “Jitney”.
Sir John Gielgud
The oldest member to achieve EGOT status, Sir John Gielgud was 87 when he won the Emmy in 1991 for “Summer’s Lease”. He first earned a Tony in 1948 for “The importance Of Being Earnest”, followed by a second Tony in 1961 for directing “Big Fish, Little Fish”. He won a Grammy in 1979 for a dramatic recording of “Ages Of Man”, followed by an Oscar in 1981 for Best Supporting Actor in Dudley Moore’s comedy “Arthur”.
Screen icon Audrey Hepburn joined the EGOT club posthumously. Both her 1994 Grammy for the children’s album “Audrey Hepburn’s Enchanted Tales” and her 1993 Emmy for “Gardens Of The World With Audrey Hepburn” were awarded after her death in January 1993. While alive, she earned an Oscar for “Roman Holiday” in 1953 and a Tony for “Ondine” in 1954.
Conductor and composer Jonathan Tunick took 20 years to get into the EGOT club: an Oscar for “A Little Night Music” in 1977; an Emmy for Musical Direction in 1982 for “Night Of 100 Stars”; a Grammy in 1988 for musical arrangement in “No One Is Alone” by Cleo Laine; and a Tony in 1997 for orchestration on “Titanic”’s soundtrack.
Composer Marvin Hamlisch is another whose Pulitzer Prize makes him a PEGOT after he won the Pulitzer and the Tony for “A Chorus Line” in 1976. With three Academy Awards, he is also the most-Oscar-winning person on the list with two wins for the Barbra Streisand movie “The Way We Were” and another for “The Sting”. “The Way We Were” also earned him his first of four Grammys and another collab with Streisand “Barbra: The Concert” nabbed him two Emmys in 1995.
Andrew Lloyd Webber
Musical theatre mainstay Andrew Lloyd Webber earned his first of six Tony Awards in 1980 for “Evita” (they gave him one for “Cats”, too, but we won't hold it against them). With three Grammys and an Oscar for “Evita”, Webber reached EGOT level with his shared 2018 “Jesus Christ Superstar” Emmy win -- as did John Legend and Tim Rice.
Three Oscars, five Grammys, three Tonys and one Emmy got lyricist Tim Rice into the club. The “Aladdin”, “The Lion King” and “Evita” songwriter cemented his EGOT status with a group Emmy award he shares with John Legend and Andrew Lloyd Webber for “Outstanding Variety Special (Live)” for “Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert.”
The late Mike Nichols earned his EGOT the same year as Mel Brooks. He started on his EGOT journey in 1961 with a Best Comedy Performance Grammy for “An Evening With Mike Nichols And Elaine May”. He won his first of nine Tony Awards in 1964 for “Barefoot In The Park” and in 1967 won the Oscar for Best Director for “The Graduate”. It wasn’t until 2001 that he could complete the collection with the first of two Emmy wins for Outstanding Directing and Made For TV Movie for “Wit” starring Emma Thompson.
Noted film producer Scott Rudin is the first producer to join the EGOT club. Despite being best known for his work in the film industry, Rudin only has one Oscar – a Best Picture Academy Award for “No Country For Old Men”. He earned his Emmy in 1984 for children’s show “He Makes Me Feel Like Dancin’”, and his first of 15 Tonys for “Passion”. He reached EGOT status in 2012 with a Grammy as a producer of the Broadway cast recording of “The Book Of Mormon”.