It's a very exclusive club. Only 12 people in history have won the four major entertainment awards -- the Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony -- in competition. Three others have all four thanks to honorary awards.
Mike Nichols -- here with his wife, Diane Sawyer -- earned a reputation as one of the finest directors in film, TV and theater. He won an Oscar for directing 1967's "The Graduate," four Emmys for his work on "Wit" and "Angels in America," and nine Tonys, the most recent for his direction of a 2012 production of "Death of a Salesman." He was funny, too. His Grammy was for a 1961 comedy collaboration with Elaine May, "An Evening with Mike Nichols and Elaine May." Nichols died November 19, 2014.
Richard Rodgers, the music-writing half of the famed Rodgers and Hammerstein composing team, earned an Oscar for his song "It Might as Well Be Spring" from "State Fair." He received an Emmy for a 1962 TV special, Grammys for two cast albums and six Tonys -- including honors for his works "South Pacific," "The King and I" and "The Sound of Music."
Helen Hayes, "the First Lady of the American Theater," had a career spanning more than seven decades. She received Oscars 38 years apart, for "The Sin of Madelon Claudet" (1932) and "Airport" (1970). She also earned two Tonys, an Emmy for a 1953 presentation and a Grammy for a spoken-word recording of "Great American Documents."
The great British actor John Gielgud was 87 when he completed his EGOT with an Emmy in 1991. By that time, he'd won two Tonys -- the second for directing 1961's "Big Fish, Little Fish" -- a Grammy for a spoken-word recording and the Oscar for one of his most famous roles: the valet, Hobson, in 1981's "Arthur."
Audrey Hepburn won both her Oscar and Tony when she was still in her 20s: the Oscar for 1953's "Roman Holiday" and the Tony for 1954's "Ondine." Four decades later, she completed the EGOT circuit with an Emmy for 1993's "Gardens of the World with Audrey Hepburn" and a Grammy for 1994's "Audrey Hepburn's Enchanted Tales."
American composer Marvin Hamlisch was a towering figure in the arts. He won three Oscars -- all for his contributions to 1973's "The Way We Were" -- and four Grammys, including song of the year for "The Way We Were." He also won four Emmys, two for his work with Barbra Streisand, and a Tony for writing the score for "A Chorus Line." One singular sensation, indeed.
Composer and conductor Jonathan Tunick finished his EGOT over the space of 20 years. His Oscar was for the score adaptation of 1977's "A Little Night Music," his Emmy came for his musical direction of 1982's "Night of 100 Stars," his Grammy was for orchestration of Cleo Laine's 1987 song "No One Is Alone," and his Tony was for 1997's musical "Titanic."
Whoopi Goldberg became famous for a one-woman show on Broadway, which -- ironically -- won her a Grammy, not a Tony. (It was also directed by none other than Mike Nichols.) She won an Oscar for her performance in 1990's "Ghost," two Emmys (including one for hosting "The View") and finally the Tony for producing 2002's "Thoroughly Modern Millie."
Producer Scott Rudin is extremely active in Hollywood, but he has only one Oscar -- for producing 2007's "No Country for Old Men." He's had much more awards success in theater, with eight Tonys, including an honor for producing 2011's "The Book of Mormon." His Emmy is for a 1983 children's program, "He Makes Me Feel Like Dancin'," and he won a Grammy for "The Book of Mormon" cast recording. He is the first producer to make the EGOT club.
Robert Lopez became the latest member of the EGOT club in 2014 when his song "Let It Go" -- written with his wife, Kristen Anderson-Lopez, left, for the animated film "Frozen" -- won the Oscar for best song. His other honors include Tonys for "Avenue Q" and "The Book of Mormon," Emmys for "Wonder Pets" and a Grammy for the "Book of Mormon" cast album.
Three artists have made the EGOT club thanks to honorary awards. Liza Minelli won competitive Tonys in 1965 and 1978, an Oscar for 1972's "Cabaret" and an Emmy for 1973's "Liza with a 'Z'." She also has an honorary Grammy, a Legend Award she received in 1990.
Barbra Streisand's competitive awards include an Oscar for "Funny Girl," four Emmy awards and 10 Grammys. Her Tony, received in 1970, is honorary.
James Earl Jones won a Tony for 1968's "The Great White Hope" and another almost two decades later for 1987's "Fences." He also has three Emmys and a 1977 Grammy for a spoken-word recording. His Oscar, given at the 2011 awards, is honorary.