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At the 65th annual Grammy Awards, actor Viola Davis became the 18th person in history to win a competitive Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony, making it to the exclusive EGOT club.
Recently, she took home the Grammy for best audiobook, narration, and storytelling recording for her memoir, Finding Me.
Davis’s journey to EGOT began with her Tony-award-winning performance as Tonya in August Wilson’s King Hedley II in 2001. She won her second Tony in 2010, and subsequently a best-supporting-actress Oscar in 2017.
In 2015, Davis became the first Black woman to win the Emmy for best actress in a drama series, Shonda Rhimes.
Davis is only the fourth Black person and third Black woman to achieve EGOT status, following Whoopi Goldberg, John Legend, and, most recently, Jennifer Hudson.
“Finding Me,” Davis’s memoir that cinched her EGOT status, punctuates her lofty accomplishments as well as the racism, generational abuse, sexual assault and poverty she survived.
She also details the racism and incidents she experienced growing up in Rhode Island and within Hollywood.
Davis is no stranger to breaking down barriers. And she is one of the very best to ever join the elite list of EGOT.