The Triple Crown of Acting

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1. Helen Hayes

Actress | Airport

Known as "The First lady of the American Theater", Helen Hayes had a legendary career on stage and in films and television that spanned over eighty years. Hayes was born in Washington, D.C., to Catherine Estelle "Essie" Hayes, an actress who worked in touring companies, and Francis van Arnum Brown,...

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

2. Thomas Mitchell

Actor | Stagecoach

Thomas Mitchell was one of the great American character actors, whose credits read like a list of the greatest films of the 20th century: Lost Horizon (1937); Stagecoach (1939); The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1939); Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939); Gone with the Wind (1939); It's a Wonderful Life...

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

3. Ingrid Bergman

Actress | Notorious

Ingrid Bergman was one of the greatest actresses from Hollywood's lamented Golden Era. Her natural and unpretentious beauty and her immense acting talent made her one of the most celebrated figures in the history of American cinema. Bergman is also one of the most Oscar-awarded actresses, tied with ...

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

4. Shirley Booth

Actress | Come Back, Little Sheba

Character actress Shirley Booth could play everything in all facets of show business, whether it was a smart-mouthed cashier on radio's "Duffy's Tavern", the sassy maid on TV's Hazel (1961) or the pathetic woman in Come Back, Little Sheba (1952). For those who only know her through her sitcom, it ...

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

5. Melvyn Douglas

Actor | Being There

Two-time Oscar-winner Melvyn Douglas was one of America's finest actors. In addition to his two Oscars, he also won a Tony Award and an Emmy. Douglas would enjoy cinema immortality if for no other reason than his being the man who made Greta Garbo laugh in Ernst Lubitsch's classic comedy Ninotchka ...

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

6. Paul Scofield

Actor | A Man for All Seasons

Though his number of film roles amount to a bit over 30, Paul Scofield has cast a giant shadow in the world of stage and film acting. He grew up in West Sussex, the son of a schoolmaster. He attended the Varndean School for Boys in Brighton. The love of acting came early. While still high school ...

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

7. Jack Albertson

Actor | Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory

A former song-and-dance man and veteran of vaudeville, burlesque and Broadway, Jack Albertson is best known to audiences as "The Man" in the TV series Chico and the Man (1974), for which he won an Emmy. In 1968 Albertson, the brother of actress Mabel Albertson, won the Oscar for Best Supporting ...

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

8. Rita Moreno

Actress | West Side Story

Rita Moreno has had a thriving acting career for the better part of six decades. One of the very few performers (and the very first) to win an Oscar, an Emmy, a Tony and a Grammy, she was born Rosita Dolores Alverío in Humacao, Puerto Rico, on December 11, 1931, to seamstress Rosa María (Marcano) ...

Puerto Rican actress 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 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 Hispanic actor to win the Triple Crown and is one of only two Triple Crown winners who have also achieved the EGOT.

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

9. Maureen Stapleton

Actress | Reds

Academy Award-winner Maureen Stapleton was born June 21, 1925 in Troy, New York, to Irene (née Walsh) and John P. Stapleton. Her family was of Irish descent. Maureen moved to New York City at the age of eighteen and did modeling to pay the bills. Already a Tony Award-winner, she made her Academy ...

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

10. Jason Robards

Actor | All the President's Men

Powerful and highly respected American actor Jason Nelson Robards, Jr. was born in Chicago, Illinois, to Hope Maxine (Glanville) and stage and film star Jason Robards Sr. He had Swedish, English, Welsh, German, and Irish ancestry. Robards was raised mostly in Los Angeles. A star athlete at ...

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

11. Jessica Tandy

Actress | Driving Miss Daisy

A beloved, twinkly blue-eyed doyenne of stage and screen, actress Jessica Tandy's career spanned nearly six and a half decades. In that span of time, she enjoyed an amazing film renaissance at age 80, something unheard of in a town that worships youth and nubile beauty. She was born Jessie Alice ...

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

12. Jeremy Irons

Actor | Dead Ringers

British actor Jeremy Irons was born in Cowes, Isle of Wight, a small island off the south coast of England. He is the son of Barbara Anne Brereton (Sharpe) and Paul Dugan Irons, an accountant. Young Jeremy didn't prove very fond of figures. He visited mainland England only once a year. He wound up ...

British actor 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 for Best Actor in a Play – The Real Thing 1991 Academy Award for Best Actor – Reversal of Fortune 1997 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Voice-Over Performance – The Great War and the Shaping of the 20th Century 2006 Primetime 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 for Outstanding Narrator in 2014 for Game of Lions.

13. Anne Bancroft

Actress | The Graduate

Anne Bancroft was born on September 17, 1931 in the Bronx, the daughter of Michael Italiano (1905-2001), a dress pattern maker, and Mildred DiNapoli (1908-2010), a telephone operator. She made her cinema debut in Don't Bother to Knock (1952) in 1952 and over the next five years appeared in a lot of...

American actress 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 for Best Featured Actress in a Play – Two for the Seesaw 1960 Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play – The Miracle Worker 1963 Academy Award for Best Actress – The Miracle Worker 1999 Primetime 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.

14. Vanessa Redgrave

Actress | Atonement

On January 30, 1937, renowned theatre actor Michael Redgrave was performing in a production of Hamlet in London. During the curtain call, the show's lead, Laurence Olivier, announced to the audience: "tonight a great actress was born". This was in reference to his co-star's newborn daughter, ...

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

15. Maggie Smith

Actress | Gosford Park

One of the world's most famous and distinguished actresses, Dame Maggie Smith was born Margaret Natalie Smith in Essex. Her Scottish mother, Margaret (Hutton), worked as a secretary, and her English father, Nathaniel Smith, was a teacher at Oxford University. Smith has been married twice: to actor ...

British actress 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 and only Triple Crown winner to win seven awards.

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

16. Al Pacino

Actor | Serpico

One of the greatest actors in all of film history, Al Pacino established himself during one of cinema's most vibrant decades, the 1970s, and has become an enduring and iconic figure in the world of American movies.

Alfredo James Pacino was born on April 25, 1940 in Manhattan, New York City, to an ...

American actor 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 for Best Featured Actor in a Play – Does a Tiger Wear a Necktie? 1977 Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play – The Basic Training of Pavlo Hummel 1993 Academy Award for Best Actor – Scent of a Woman 2004 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie – Angels in America 2011 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie – You Don't Know Jack

17. Geoffrey Rush

Actor | The King's Speech

Geoffrey Roy Rush was born on July 6, 1951, in Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia, to Merle (Bischof), a department store sales assistant, and Roy Baden Rush, an accountant for the Royal Australian Air Force. His mother was of German descent and his father had English, Irish, and Scottish ancestry. ...

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

18. Ellen Burstyn

Actress | Requiem for a Dream

Ellen Burstyn was born in Detroit, Michigan, to Correine Marie (Hamel) and John Austin Gillooly. She is of mostly Irish, German, and French-Canadian descent. Ellen worked a number of jobs before she became an actress. At 14, she was a short-order cook at a lunch counter. After graduating from ...

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

19. Christopher Plummer

Actor | Beginners

Arthur Christopher Orme Plummer was born in Toronto, Ontario. He is the only child of Isabella Mary (Abbott), a secretary to the Dean of Sciences at McGill University, and John Orme Plummer, who sold securities and stocks. He is a great-grandson of John Abbott, who was Canada's third Prime Minister...

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

20. Helen Mirren

Actress | RED

Dame Helen Mirren was born in Queen Charlotte's Hospital in West London. Her mother, Kathleen Alexandrina Eva Matilda (Rogers), was from a working-class English family, and her father, Vasiliy Petrovich Mironov, was a Russian-born civil servant, from Kuryanovo, whose own father was a diplomat. ...

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

21. Frances McDormand

Actress | Fargo

Frances Louise McDormand was born on June 23, 1957 in Gibson City, Illinois. She was adopted by Canadian-born parents, Noreen Eloise (Nickleson), a nurse from Ontario, and The Rev. Vernon Weir McDormand, a Disciples of Christ minister from Nova Scotia, who raised her in the suburbs of Pittsburgh. ...

American actress 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 for Best Actress – Fargo 2011 Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play – Good People 2015 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie – Olive Kitteridge 2018 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 for Outstanding Limited Series for executive producing Olive Kitteridge.

22. Jessica Lange

Actress | Tootsie

Jessica Lange was born in 1949, in Cloquet, Minnesota, USA, where her father worked as a traveling salesman. She obtained a scholarship to study art at the University of Minnesota, but instead went to Paris to study drama. She moved to New York, working as a model, until producer Dino De Laurentiis...

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

23. Viola Davis

Actress | Fences

Actress Viola Davis was born on her grandmother's farm, at the then-Singleton Plantation in St. Matthews, South Carolina. When she was two months old her family moved to Central Falls, Rhode Island, where her father, Dan Davis, worked as a horse groomer and trainer. Her mother, Mary Alice (Logan), ...

American actress Viola Davis (born 1965) completed the triple crown in 2017.[16] She is the first black actor to win the triple crown.[16][17] She is a 3-time Oscar (1), 3-time Tony (2), and 4-time Emmy (1) nominee, for a total of 10 TC nominations. Davis has won four awards.

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

24. Glenda Jackson

Actress | Women in Love

Few in modern British history have come as far or achieved as much from humble beginnings as Glenda Jackson has. From acclaimed actress to respected MP (Member of Parliament), she is known for her high intelligence and meticulous approach to her work. She was born to a working-class household in ...

British actress Glenda Jackson (born 1936) completed the triple crown in 2018. She is a 5-time Tony (1), 4-time Oscar (2), and 4-time Emmy (2) nominee, for a total of 13 TC nominations. Jackson has won five awards.

1971 Academy Award for Best Actress – Women in Love 1972 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Single Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role – Elizabeth R 1972 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Continued Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Dramatic Series – Elizabeth R 1974 Academy Award for Best Actress – A Touch of Class 2018 Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play – Three Tall Women



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