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The Triple Crown of Acting is a term used in the American entertainment industry to describe actors who have won a competitive Academy Award, Emmy Award, and Tony Award
Tony Award
in the acting categories. As of March 2018, twenty-three people have achieved the triple crown of acting (14 women, 9 men). Helen Hayes's Emmy Award
Emmy Award
win on February 5, 1953, made her the first person to achieve the triple crown. Thomas Mitchell became the first man to achieve the triple crown with his Tony Award
Tony Award
win later the same year on March 29, 1953. Hayes and Rita Moreno are the only triple crown winners in competitive acting categories who have also won a Grammy Award
Grammy Award
to complete the EGOT.

Contents

1 Triple Crown winners 2 Summary

2.1 Helen Hayes 2.2 Thomas Mitchell 2.3 Ingrid Bergman 2.4 Shirley Booth 2.5 Melvyn Douglas 2.6 Paul Scofield 2.7 Jack Albertson 2.8 Rita Moreno 2.9 Maureen Stapleton 2.10 Jason Robards 2.11 Jessica Tandy 2.12 Jeremy Irons 2.13 Anne Bancroft 2.14 Vanessa Redgrave 2.15 Maggie Smith 2.16 Al Pacino 2.17 Geoffrey Rush 2.18 Ellen Burstyn 2.19 Christopher Plummer 2.20 Helen Mirren 2.21 Frances McDormand 2.22 Jessica Lange 2.23 Viola Davis

3 References

Triple Crown winners[edit]

The year in the Oscar, Emmy and Tony columns indicates the year the actor first won the award. The year in the Oscar, Emmy and Tony columns indicates the year of the award ceremony. The total wins column indicates the total number of competitive Oscar, Emmy and Tony wins achieved.

Actor Completed Years to complete Oscar Emmy Tony Total wins Ref.

Helen Hayes 1953 20 1933 1953 1947 5

Thomas Mitchell 1953 13 1940 1953 1953 3 [1]

Ingrid Bergman 1960 15 1945 1960 1947 6

Shirley Booth 1962 13 1953 1962 1949 6

Melvyn Douglas 1968 8 1964 1968 1960 4

Paul Scofield 1969 7 1967 1969 1962 3

Jack Albertson 1975 10 1969 1975 1965 4

Rita Moreno 1977 15 1962 1977 1975 4

Maureen Stapleton 1982 31 1982 1968 1951 4

Jason Robards 1988 29 1977 1988 1959 4

Jessica Tandy 1990 42 1990 1988 1948 5 [2]

Jeremy Irons 1997 13 1991 1997 1984 4 [3]

Anne Bancroft 1999 41 1963 1999 1958 4 [4]

Vanessa Redgrave 2003 25 1978 1981 2003 4 [5]

Maggie Smith 2003 33 1970 2003 1990 7 [6]

Al Pacino 2004 35 1993 2004 1969 5 [7]

Geoffrey Rush 2009 12 1997 2005 2009 3 [8]

Ellen Burstyn 2009 34 1975 2009 1975 4 [9]

Christopher Plummer 2012 38 2012 1977 1974 5 [10]

Helen Mirren 2015 19 2007 1996 2015 6 [11]

Frances McDormand 2015 18 1997 2015 2011 4 [12]

Jessica Lange 2016 33 1983 2009 2016 6

Viola Davis 2017 16 2017 2015 2001 4 [13]

Summary[edit] Year given is year of ceremony. Helen Hayes[edit] American actress Helen Hayes
Helen Hayes
(1900–1993) was the first performer to achieve the triple crown of acting. She completed the triple crown in 1953. Hayes was a 9-time Emmy (1), 3-time Tony (2), and 2-time Oscar (2) nominee, for a total of 14 TC nominations. She won two Oscars, two Tonys and an Emmy for a total of five competitive triple crown awards. She also won a Grammy in 1977 for Best Spoken Word Recording to complete the EGOT, for competitive Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony wins. Hayes is one of only two Triple Crown winners (along with Rita Moreno) to have achieved the EGOT.

1932 Academy Award
Academy Award
for Best Actress – The Sin of Madelon Claudet 1947 Tony Award
Tony Award
for Best Actress in a Play – Happy Birthday 1953 Primetime Emmy Award
Emmy Award
for Best Actress 1958 Tony Award
Tony Award
for Best Actress in a Play – Time Remembered 1971 Academy Award
Academy Award
for Best Supporting Actress – Airport

Thomas Mitchell[edit] American actor Thomas Mitchell (1892–1962) completed the triple crown in 1953, two months after Helen Hayes. He was a 3-time Emmy (1), 2-time Oscar (1), and 1-time Tony (1) nominee, for a total of six TC nominations. Mitchell won three awards.

1940 Academy Award
Academy Award
for Best Supporting Actor – Stagecoach 1953 Primetime Emmy Award
Emmy Award
for Best Actor 1953 Tony Award
Tony Award
for Best Actor in a Musical – Hazel Flagg

Ingrid Bergman[edit] Swedish actress Ingrid Bergman
Ingrid Bergman
(1915–1982) completed the triple crown in 1960. She was a 7-time Oscar (3), 3-time Emmy (2), and 1-time Tony (1) nominee, for a total of 11 TC nominations. Bergman is the only Triple Crown winner to win three Oscars.

1944 Academy Award
Academy Award
for Best Actress – Gaslight 1947 Tony Award
Tony Award
for Best Actress in a Play – Joan of Lorraine 1957 Academy Award
Academy Award
for Best Actress – Anastasia 1960 Primetime Emmy Award
Emmy Award
for Outstanding Single Performance by an Actress – Startime (episode: "The Turn of the Screw") 1975 Academy Award
Academy Award
for Best Supporting Actress – Murder on the Orient Express 1982 Primetime Emmy Award
Emmy Award
for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie – A Woman Called Golda

Shirley Booth[edit] American actress Shirley Booth
Shirley Booth
(1898–1992) completed the triple crown in 1962. She was a 4-time Emmy (2), 3-time Tony (3), and 1-time Oscar (1) nominee, for a total of eight TC nominations. Booth won six awards.

1949 Tony Award
Tony Award
for Best Featured Actress in a Play – Goodbye, My Fancy 1950 Tony Award
Tony Award
for Best Actress in a Play – Come Back, Little Sheba 1953 Academy Award
Academy Award
for Best Actress – Come Back, Little Sheba 1953 Tony Award
Tony Award
for Best Actress in a Play – The Time of the Cuckoo 1962 Primetime Emmy Award
Emmy Award
for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series – Hazel 1963 Primetime Emmy Award
Emmy Award
for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series – Hazel

Melvyn Douglas[edit] American actor Melvyn Douglas
Melvyn Douglas
(1901–1981) completed the triple crown in 1968. He was a 3-time Oscar (2), 2-time Emmy (1), and 1-time Tony (1) nominee, for a total of six TC nominations. Douglas won four awards.

1960 Tony Award
Tony Award
for Best Actor in a Play – The Best Man 1964 Academy Award
Academy Award
for Best Supporting Actor – Hud 1968 Primetime Emmy Award
Emmy Award
for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie – CBS Playhouse 1980 Academy Award
Academy Award
for Best Supporting Actor – Being There

Paul Scofield[edit] British actor Paul Scofield
Paul Scofield
(1922–2008) completed the triple crown in 1969. He was a 2-time Oscar (1), 1-time Emmy (1), and 1-time Tony (1) nominee, for a total of four TC nominations. Scofield won three awards.

1962 Tony Award
Tony Award
for Best Actor in a Play – A Man for All Seasons 1967 Academy Award
Academy Award
for Best Actor – A Man for All Seasons 1969 Primetime Emmy Award
Emmy Award
for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie – Male of the Species

Jack Albertson[edit] American actor Jack Albertson
Jack Albertson
(1907–1981) completed the triple crown in 1975. He was a 5-time Emmy (2), 2-time Tony (1), and 1-time Oscar (1) nominee, for a total of eight TC nominations. Albertson won four awards.

1965 Tony Award
Tony Award
for Best Featured Actor in a Play – The Subject Was Roses 1969 Academy Award
Academy Award
for Best Supporting Actor – The Subject Was Roses 1975 Primetime Emmy Award
Emmy Award
for Outstanding Continuing or Single Performance by a Supporting Actor in Variety or Music – Cher 1976 Primetime Emmy Award
Emmy Award
for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series – Chico and the Man

Rita Moreno[edit] Puerto Rican actress Rita Moreno
Rita Moreno
(born 1931) completed the triple crown in 1977. She is a 6-time Emmy (2), 1-time Oscar (1), and 1-time Tony (1) nominee, for a total of eight TC nominations. Her Emmy win saw her complete the EGOT
EGOT
for competitive Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony wins. Her Grammy win was in 1972 in the Best Recording for Children category. Moreno is the first Latino actor win the Triple Crown and is one of only two Triple Crown winners who have also achieved the EGOT.

1962 Academy Award
Academy Award
for Best Supporting Actress – West Side Story 1975 Tony Award
Tony Award
for Best Featured Actress in a Play – The Ritz 1977 Primetime Emmy Award
Emmy Award
for Outstanding Continuing or Single Performance by a Supporting Actress in Variety or Music – The Muppet Show 1978 Primetime Emmy Award
Emmy Award
for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series – The Rockford Files

Maureen Stapleton[edit] American actress Maureen Stapleton
Maureen Stapleton
(1925–2006) completed the triple crown in 1982. She was a 7-time Emmy (1), 6-time Tony (2), and 4-time Oscar (1) nominee, for a total of 17 nominations. Stapleton won four awards.

1951 Tony Award
Tony Award
for Best Featured Actress in a Play – The Rose Tattoo 1967 Primetime Emmy Award
Emmy Award
for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie – Among the Paths to Eden 1971 Tony Award
Tony Award
for Best Actress in a Play – The Gingerbread Lady 1982 Academy Award
Academy Award
for Best Supporting Actress – Reds

Jason Robards[edit] American actor Jason Robards
Jason Robards
(1922–2000) completed the triple crown in 1988. He was an 8-time Tony (1), 5-time Emmy (1), and 3-time Oscar (2) nominee, for a total of 16 TC nominations. Robards won four awards.

1959 Tony Award
Tony Award
for Best Actor in a Play – The Disenchanted 1977 Academy Award
Academy Award
for Best Supporting Actor – All the President's Men 1978 Academy Award
Academy Award
for Best Supporting Actor – Julia 1988 Primetime Emmy Award
Emmy Award
for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie – Inherit the Wind

Jessica Tandy[edit] British-American actress Jessica Tandy
Jessica Tandy
(1909–1994) completed the triple crown in 1990. She was a 5-time Tony (3), 3-time Emmy (1), and 2-time Oscar nominee (1), for a total of 10 TC nominations. Tandy won five awards.

1947 Tony Award
Tony Award
for Best Actress in a Play – A Streetcar Named Desire 1978 Tony Award
Tony Award
for Best Actress in a Play – The Gin Game 1983 Tony Award
Tony Award
for Best Actress in a Play – Foxfire 1988 Primetime Emmy Award
Emmy Award
for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie – Foxfire 1990 Academy Award
Academy Award
for Best Actress – Driving Miss Daisy

Jeremy Irons[edit] British actor Jeremy Irons
Jeremy Irons
(born 1948) completed the triple crown in 1997. He is a 3-time acting Emmy (2), 1-time Oscar (1), and 1-time Tony (1) nominee, for a total of five TC nominations. Irons has won four TC awards.

1984 Tony Award
Tony Award
for Best Actor in a Play – The Real Thing 1991 Academy Award
Academy Award
for Best Actor – Reversal of Fortune 1997 Primetime Emmy Award
Emmy Award
for Outstanding Voice-Over Performance – The Great War and the Shaping of the 20th Century 2006 Primetime Emmy Award
Emmy Award
for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie – Elizabeth I

Note: Irons has an additional Emmy win in a non-acting category, winning the Primetime Emmy Award
Emmy Award
for Outstanding Narrator in 2014 for Game of Lions. Anne Bancroft[edit] American actress Anne Bancroft
Anne Bancroft
(1931–2005) completed the triple crown in 1999. She was a 6-time (1) acting Emmy, 5-time Oscar (1), and 3-time Tony (2) nominee, for a total of 14 TC nominations. Bancroft won four triple crown awards.

1958 Tony Award
Tony Award
for Best Featured Actress in a Play – Two for the Seesaw 1960 Tony Award
Tony Award
for Best Actress in a Play – The Miracle Worker 1963 Academy Award
Academy Award
for Best Actress – The Miracle Worker 1999 Primetime Emmy Award
Emmy Award
for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie – Deep in My Heart

Note: Bancroft won an additional Emmy in 1970 in the variety program category, as the star of the special Annie, the Women in the Life of a Man. Vanessa Redgrave[edit] British actress Vanessa Redgrave
Vanessa Redgrave
(born 1937) completed the triple crown in 2003. She is a 6-time Oscar (1), 6-time Emmy (2), and 3-time Tony (1) nominee, for a total of 15 TC nominations. Redgrave has won four awards.

1978 Academy Award
Academy Award
for Best Supporting Actress – Julia 1981 Primetime Emmy Award
Emmy Award
for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie – Playing for Time 2000 Primetime Emmy Award
Emmy Award
for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie – If These Walls Could Talk
Talk
2 2003 Tony Award
Tony Award
for Best Actress in a Play – Long Day's Journey into Night

Maggie Smith[edit] British actress Maggie Smith
Maggie Smith
(born 1934) completed the triple crown in 2003. She is a 9-time Emmy (4), 6-time Oscar (2), and 3-time Tony (1) nominee, for a total of 18 TC nominations. Smith is the first Triple Crown winner to win seven awards.

1970 Academy Award
Academy Award
for Best Actress – The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie 1979 Academy Award
Academy Award
for Best Supporting Actress – California Suite 1990 Tony Award
Tony Award
for Best Actress in a Play – Lettice and Lovage 2003 Primetime Emmy Award
Emmy Award
for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie – My House in Umbria 2011 Primetime Emmy Award
Emmy Award
for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie – Downton Abbey 2012 Primetime Emmy Award
Emmy Award
for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series – Downton Abbey 2016 Primetime Emmy Award
Emmy Award
for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series – Downton Abbey

Al Pacino[edit] American actor Al Pacino
Al Pacino
(born 1940) completed the triple crown in 2004. He is an 8-time Oscar (1), 3-time Emmy (2), and 3-time Tony (2) nominee, for a total of 14 TC nominations. Pacino has won five awards.

1969 Tony Award
Tony Award
for Best Featured Actor in a Play – Does a Tiger Wear a Necktie? 1977 Tony Award
Tony Award
for Best Actor in a Play – The Basic Training of Pavlo Hummel 1993 Academy Award
Academy Award
for Best Actor – Scent of a Woman 2004 Primetime Emmy Award
Emmy Award
for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie – Angels in America 2010 Primetime Emmy Award
Emmy Award
for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie – You Don't Know Jack

Geoffrey Rush[edit] Australian actor Geoffrey Rush
Geoffrey Rush
(born 1951) completed the triple crown in 2009. He is a 4-time Oscar (1), 2-time Emmy (1), and 1-time Tony (1) nominee, for a total of seven TC nominations. Rush has won three awards.

1997 Academy Award
Academy Award
for Best Actor – Shine 2005 Primetime Emmy Award
Emmy Award
for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie – The Life and Death of Peter Sellers 2009 Tony Award
Tony Award
for Best Actor in a Play – Exit the King

Ellen Burstyn[edit] American actress Ellen Burstyn
Ellen Burstyn
(born 1932) completed the triple crown in 2009. She is an 8-time Emmy (2), 6-time Oscar (1), and 1-time Tony (1) nominee, for a total of 15 TC nominations. Burstyn has won four awards.

1975 Academy Award
Academy Award
for Best Actress – Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore 1975 Tony Award
Tony Award
for Best Actress in a Play – Same Time, Next Year 2009 Primetime Emmy Award
Emmy Award
for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series – Law and Order: Special
Special
Victims Unit 2013 Primetime Emmy Award
Emmy Award
for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie – Political Animals

Christopher Plummer[edit] Canadian actor Christopher Plummer
Christopher Plummer
(born 1929) completed the triple crown in 2012. He is a 7-time Emmy (2), 7-time Tony (2), and 3-time Oscar (1) nominee, for a total of 17 TC nominations. Plummer has won five awards.

1974 Tony Award
Tony Award
for Best Actor in a Musical – Cyrano 1977 Primetime Emmy Award
Emmy Award
for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie – The Moneychangers 1994 Primetime Emmy Award
Emmy Award
for Outstanding Voice-Over Performance – Madeline 1997 Tony Award
Tony Award
for Best Actor in a Play – Barrymore 2012 Academy Award
Academy Award
for Best Supporting Actor – Beginners

Helen Mirren[edit] British actress Helen Mirren
Helen Mirren
(born 1945) completed the triple crown in 2015. She is an 11-time Emmy (4), 4-time Oscar (1), and 3-time Tony (1) nominee, for a total of 18 TC nominations. Mirren has won six awards.

1996 Primetime Emmy Award
Emmy Award
for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie – Prime Suspect: The Scent of Darkness 1999 Primetime Emmy Award
Emmy Award
for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie – The Passion of Ayn Rand 2006 Primetime Emmy Award
Emmy Award
for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie – Elizabeth I 2007 Academy Award
Academy Award
for Best Actress – The Queen 2007 Primetime Emmy Award
Emmy Award
for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie – Prime Suspect: The Final Act 2015 Tony Award
Tony Award
for Best Actress in a Play – The Audience

Helen Mirren
Helen Mirren
is the only person to have also won the British Triple Crown of Acting by being awarded the three equivalent honours in the British entertainment industry, the BAFTA Film Award, the BAFTA Television Award and the Laurence Olivier Award. It took her twenty-one years to complete the British Triple Crown, beginning with a BAFTA Television Award for Best Actress for Prime Suspect
Prime Suspect
in 1992 and finishing in 2013 with the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Play for The Audience. In the meantime, she also won two more Television BAFTAs for Prime Suspect
Prime Suspect
in 1993 and 1994 and the Film BAFTA for Best Leading Actress for The Queen in 2007. She was the sixth of seven people to have won the British Triple Crown of Acting, with Peggy Ashcroft, Judi Dench, Nigel Hawthorne, Albert Finney and Julie Walters all preceding her to the honour and Mark Rylance succeeding her. Frances McDormand[edit] American actress Frances McDormand
Frances McDormand
(born 1957) completed the triple crown in 2015. She is a 5-time Oscar (2), 2-time Tony (1), and 2-time (1) acting Emmy nominee, for a total of nine TC nominations. McDormand has won four awards.

1997 Academy Award
Academy Award
for Best Actress – Fargo 2011 Tony Award
Tony Award
for Best Actress in a Play – Good People 2015 Primetime Emmy Award
Emmy Award
for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie – Olive Kitteridge 2018 Academy Award
Academy Award
for Best Actress – Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Note: McDormand has an additional Emmy win in a non-acting category, winning the Primetime Emmy Award
Emmy Award
for Outstanding Limited Series for executive producing Olive Kitteridge. Jessica Lange[edit] American actress Jessica Lange
Jessica Lange
(born 1949) completed the triple crown in 2016. She is an 8-time Emmy (3), 6-time Oscar (2), and 1-time Tony (1) nominee, for a total of 15 TC nominations. Lange has won six awards.

1983 Academy Award
Academy Award
for Best Supporting Actress – Tootsie 1995 Academy Award
Academy Award
for Best Actress – Blue Sky 2009 Primetime Emmy Award
Emmy Award
for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie – Grey Gardens 2012 Primetime Emmy Award
Emmy Award
for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie – American Horror Story 2014 Primetime Emmy Award
Emmy Award
for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie – American Horror Story: Coven 2016 Tony Award
Tony Award
for Best Actress in a Play – Long Day's Journey into Night

Viola Davis[edit] American actress Viola Davis
Viola Davis
(born 1965) completed the triple crown in 2017.[14] She is the first black actor to win the triple crown.[15][16] She is a 3-time Oscar (1), 3-time Tony (2), and 3-time Emmy (1) nominee, for a total of 9 TC nominations. Davis has won four awards.

2001 Tony Award
Tony Award
for Best Featured Actress in a Play – King Hedley II 2010 Tony Award
Tony Award
for Best Actress in a Play – Fences 2015 Primetime Emmy Award
Emmy Award
for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series – How to Get Away with Murder 2017 Academy Award
Academy Award
for Best Supporting Actress – Fences

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