Composer Alan Menken Is an EGOT Winner! Who Else Is in the Exclusive Club?

Congratulations are in order for composer Alan Menken, the latest artist to join the prestigious EGOT club, which is made up of artists who have won an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony. On Sunday, July 26, Menken was awarded a Daytime Emmy for best original song in a children's, young adult or animated program for Disney Channel's Rapunzel's Tangled Adventure.

Previously, Menken won 11 Grammy Awards and eight Oscars (for work on The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin and Pocahontas, among others) along with a Tony Award (2012 for best original score in Newsies). With this new achievement, he is the 16th person to achieve EGOT status.

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Alan Menken performs onstage at the Dolby Theatre on December 10, 2014 in Hollywood, California. On Sunday, July 26, Menken was awarded a Daytime Emmy for best original song in a children's, young adult or animated program for Rapunzel's Tangled Adventure, making him and EGOT Mathew Imaging/WireImage/Getty

There are 15 other people who have achieved EGOT status.

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Comedian, actor, composer, screenwriter Mel Brooks won his first award towards EGOT status in 1967. Brooks got an Emmy for outstanding writing achievement in variety for The Sid Caesar, Imogene, Coca, Carl Reiner, Howard Morris Special. The following year, he won an Oscar for the best original screenplay on The Producers. He won a Grammy in 1998 for best spoken comedy album for The 2000 Year Old Man in the Year 2000. Brooks ultimately became an EGOT in 2001 with a Tony Award for the best book of a musical for The Producers.

Actor John Gielgud was the first EGOT to be knighted. He won a Tony in 1948 for outstanding foreign company in The Importance of Being Earnest. Over two decades later, Gielgud won a Grammy for best spoken word, documentary or drama recording in 1979 for Ages of Man. He won an Oscar for best supporting actor in Arthur in 1981. In 1991, Gielgud completed his EGOT journey when winning an Emmy for his role in Summer's Lease.

Whoopi Goldberg is the first African American EGOT winner. Goldberg won her first Oscar for her supporting role in Ghost. In 1995, she won a Grammy for her comedy recording, Whoopi Goldberg: Original Broadway Show Recording. Seven years later, she achieved EGOT status with a Daytime Emmy for hosting Beyond Tara: The Extraordinary Life of Hattie McDaniel, along with a Tony as a producer of Thoroughly Modern Millie.

Marvin Hamlisch has the most Oscar awards of any EGOT winner. He won his first Oscar in 1973 for best music, original dramatic score for The Way We Were. The following year, he won a Grammy for song of the year for the title song from The Way We Were. In 1976, he won his only Tony for best music score for A Chorus Line. Hamlisch became an EGOT in 1995 with an Emmy for outstanding individual achievement in music direction for Barbra: The Concert.

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Helen Hayes was the first woman to achieve EGOT status, and had a career that spanned over 50 years, some of which predated these awards. In 1932, she won an Oscar for best actress in the film The Sin of Madelon Claudet. In 1947, Hayes was awarded a Tony for best dramatic actress in Happy Birthday. Her Emmy Award came in 1953 for her role in Schlitz Playhouse of Stars. She achieved EGOT status in 1973 with a Grammy for best spoken word recording for Great American Documents.

Actress and humanitarian Audrey Hepburn was the first person to achieve EGOT status posthumously (she died in 1993). She won an Oscar for best leading actress in the 1953 film Roman Holiday. The following year, she won a Tony Award for best actress in a drama for her role in Ondine. In 1993, Hepburn was given an Emmy for outstanding individual achievement, informational programming for the documentary Gardens of the World With Audrey Hepburn. The following year, she was posthumously awarded a Grammy for best spoken word album, Audrey Hepburn's Enchanted Tales.

"All of Me" crooner John Legend won 10 Grammys, started in 2006 for his album Get Lifted. He won an Oscar for his work on "Glory," part of the 2014 film Selma. The singer showed off his producing skills with the play Jitney, and won a Tony for best revival of a play in 2017. Legend achieved EGOT status as an executive producer of Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert, which won the outstanding live variety special award at the 2018 Creative Arts Emmys.

The youngest EGOT, who also completed the journey in the shortest time, Robert Lopez, won a Tony for Avenue Q for best score in 2004. Four years later, Lopez won an Emmy for his outstanding achievement in music direction and composition for the kids' show Wonder Pets. He became a Grammy winner in 2012 for best musical theater album for The Book of Mormon: Original Broadway Cast Recording (which he shares with Scott Rudin). Lopez became an EGOT in 2014 with the best song Oscar for Frozen's "Let It Go" (you may have heard of it).

West Side Story star Rita Moreno won an Oscar for best supporting actress in her role as Anita in 1961. She took home a Grammy 11 years later for best recording for children for The Electric Company. Moreno was given a Tony Award in 1975 for her supporting role in The Ritz. She achieved EGOT status with an Emmy in 1977 for outstanding continuing or single performance by a supporting actress in variety or music for working on The Muppet Show.

Mike Nichols has the most Tony Awards of any EGOT with nine. In 1961, he won a Grammy for best comedy performance for An Evening With Mike Nichols and Elaine May. Three years later, he won a Tony for directing the Neil Simon comedy Barefoot in the Park. In 1967, Nichols won an Oscar for best direction for The Graduate. Nichols became an EGOT in 2001 for directing the Emmy-winning film Wit.

Composer Tim Rice won his first Tony in 1980 for best book of a musical for Evita. The following year, he was awarded his first Grammy for best cast show album for Evita. He won hist first Oscar in 1993 for best music, original song for the animated film Aladdin. Rice became an EGOT after serving as an executive producer of Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert, which won the outstanding live variety special award at the 2018 Creative Arts Emmys.

Richard Rodgers, half of the Rodgers and Hammerstein duo (as well as Rodgers and Hart), became the first EGOT winner, in 1962. In 1945, he won an Oscar for best song "It Might as Well Be Spring" from State Fair. He won three Tony Awards five years later for his work on South Pacific. In 1960, he won a Grammy for best show album for Sound of Music. He completed the EGOT journey with an Emmy for his score in the documentary series Winston Churchill: The Valiant Years.

Scott Rudin won an Emmy for outstanding children's program in 1984 for He Makes Me Feel Like Dancin'. Ten years later, he won his first Tony Award, as producer of the year's best musical, Passion. Rudin won an Oscar for best picture after producing the film adaptation of No Country for Old Men in 2008. In 2012, he won a Grammy for best musical theater Album for The Book of Mormon: Original Broadway Cast Recording, thus becoming an EGOT.

Composer, conductor and musical arranger Jonathan Tunick began his EGOT journey in 1977 with Oscars for his work on A Little Night Music. In 1982, he won an Emmy for outstanding achievement in music direction for Night of 100 Stars. Six years later, he was awarded the Grammy for best instrumental arrangement accompanying vocals for No One Is Alone with Cleo Lane. He completed his EGOT in 20 years with a Tony in 1997 for best orchestrations for Titanic.

Composer extraordinaire Andrew Lloyd Webber became an EGOT winner two years ago. Lloyd Webber won four Grammys, starting in 1980 for best show album for Evita. The same year, he won his first (of seven) Tony for best original score for Evita. He won a best original song Oscar for the film adaptation of Evita in 1996. The Broadway legend became an EGOT when he served as an executive producer for Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert, which won the outstanding live variety special award in 2018.

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