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Robert Lopez joins the exclusive EGOT club with ‘Let It Go’ win

“Academy-Award winner” is a title most anyone in showbiz aspires to. But it gets even better for songwriter Robert Lopez, who, along with his wife, Kristen Anderson-Lopez, won Best Original Song for the ballad “Let It Go” from the movie “Frozen” at Sunday night’s Oscars.

With that win, he became only the 12th* person ever to win an EGOT.

An E-what?

PostTV explains:

At 39, Lopez is the youngest EGOT winner. And he sets a new record for achieving EGOT status in the shortest time. He won his first award — a Best Original Score Tony for “Avenue Q” — less than 10 years ago.

By comparison, there was a 41-year span between Audrey Hepburn’s first award — a Best Actress Oscar for “Roman Holiday” in 1953 — and her fourth, a Best Spoken Word Album for Children Grammy for “Audrey Hepburn’s Enchanted Tales” in 1994 (which she won posthumously).

Here’s the full list of EGOT winners:
(Note: We are only including the first award won in each category, although there are many people who have won an award more than once. No one has ever “double-EGOT-ed.”)

Richard Rodgers
E: Best Original Music, Composed – “Winston Churchill: The Valiant Years,” 1962
G: Best Show Album – “The Sound of Music,” 1960
O: Best Song – “It Might as Well Be Spring” from “State Fair,” 1945
T: Best Musical – “South Pacific,” 1950

Helen Hayes
E: Best Actress – “Schlitz Playhouse of Stars,” 1953
G: Best Spoken Word Recording – “Great American Documents,” 1977
O: Best Actress – “The Sin of Madelon Claudet,” 1932
T: Best Actress, Drama – “Happy Birthday,” 1947

Rita Moreno
E: Best Supporting Actress in Variety or Music – “The Muppet Show,” 1977
G: Best Recording for Children – “The Electric Company,” 1972
O: Best Supporting Actress – “West Side Story,” 1961
T: Best Supporting Actress in a Play – “The Ritz,” 1975

John Gielgud
E: Best Actor in a Miniseries or Special – “Summer’s Lease,” 1991
G: Best Spoken Word, Documentary or Drama – “Ages of Man,” 1979
O: Best Supporting Actor – “Arthur,” 1981
T: Best Foreign Company – “The Importance of Being Earnest,” 1948

Audrey Hepburn
E: Best Informational Programming – “Gardens of the World with Audrey Hepburn,” 1993
G: Best Spoken Word Album for Children, “Audrey Hepburn’s Enchanted Tales,” 1994
O: Best Actress – “Roman Holiday,” 1953
T: Best Actress, Drama – “Ondine,” 1954

Marvin Hamlisch
E: Best Music Direction – “Barbra: The Concert,” 1995
G: Song of the Year – “The Way We Were,” 1973
O: Best Original Dramatic Score – “The Way We Were,” 1973
T: Best Musical Score – “A Chorus Line,” 1976

Jonathan Tunick
E: Best Music Direction – “Night of 100 Stars,” 1982
G: Best Arrangement Accompanying Vocals – “No One Is Alone,” 1988
O: Best Original Score – “A Little Night Music,” 1977
T: Best Orchestrations – “Titanic,” 1997

Mel Brooks
E: Best Writing, Variety – “The Sid Caesar, Imogene Coca, Carl Reiner, Howard Morris Special,” 1967
G: Best Spoken Comedy Album – “The 2000 Year Old Man in the Year 2000,” 1998
O: Best Original Screenplay – “The Producers,” 1968
T: Best Musical – “The Producers,” 2001

Mike Nichols
E: Best Directing for Miniseries, Movie or Special – “Wit,” 2001
G: Best Comedy Performance – “An Evening with Mike Nichols and Elaine May,” 1961
O: Best Director – “The Graduate,” 1967
T: Best Director, Drama – “Barefoot in the Park,” 1964

Whoopi Goldberg
E: Best Special Class Special – “Beyond Tara: The Extraordinary Life of Hattie McDaniel,” 2002 (Daytime Emmy)
G: Best Comedy Recording – “Whoopi Goldberg,” 1985
O: Best Supporting Actress – “Ghost,” 1990
T: Best Musical – “Thoroughly Modern Millie,” 2002

Scott Rudin
E: Best Children’s Program – “He Makes Me Feel Like Dancin’,” 1984
G: Best Musical Theater Album – “The Book of Mormon,” 2012
O: Best Picture – “No Country for Old Men,” 2007
T: Best Musical – “Passion,” 1994

Robert Lopez
E: Best Music Direction and Composition, “The Wonder Pets,” 2008 (Daytime Emmy)
G: Best Musical Theater Album – “The Book of Mormon,” 2012
O: Best Original Song – “Let It Go” from “Frozen,” 2014
T: Best Original Score – “Avenue Q,” 2004

*James Earl Jones, Liza Minnelli and Barbra Streisand were not included in the list. Though they each technically have an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony, at least one of their awards was non-competitive (i.e. a lifetime-achievement award).

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