The only persons to have won an Oscar, a Grammy, an Emmy, a Tony Award and a Pulitzer Prize

If there’s a Grand Slam for the arts, this would be it.

Of course there’s that Holy Grail: add a Nobel Prize to the end of the list but apparently nobody has ever done that yet.

If there’s a membership card for this level of achievement, there would’ve been only 2 ever issued, for Richard Rodgers (1902 – 1979) and Marvin Hamlisch (b. 1944).

Richard Rodgers

Rodgers of course was part of the famed Rodgers – Hammerstein songwriting partnership, who was responsible for the world-famous and much-loved The Sound of Music musical which started in 1959 and later turned into that legendary movie.

Rodgers & Hammerstein

Rodgers wrote more than 900 songs and 40 Broadway musicals and also created music for films and TV. His other famous collaborator was with lyricist Lorenz Hart.

Academy Award

1. 1945 : Best Song – “It Might As Well Be Spring” from State Fair

Emmy Award

1. 1962 : Outstanding Achievement in Original Music Composed – Winston Churchill-The Valiant Years

Grammy Award

1. 1960 : Best Show Album (Original Cast) – The Sound of Music
2. 1962 : Best Original Cast Show Album – No Strings

Tony Award

1. 1950 : Best Musical – South Pacific
2. 1950 : Best Producers, Musical – South Pacific
3. 1950 : Best Score – South Pacific
4. 1952 : Best Musical – The King and I
5. 1960 : Best Musical – The Sound of Music
6. 1962 : Best Composer – No Strings

Special Award

1. 1962 : Special Tony Award “for all he has done for young people in the theatre and for taking the men of the orchestra out of the pit and putting them onstage in No Strings”
2. 1972 : Special Tony Award
3. 1979 : Special Tony Award, Lawrence Langner Memorial Award for Distinguished Lifetime Achievement in the American Theatre

Pulitzer Prize

1. Special Award and Citation in Letters for Oklahoma! in 1944
2. Pulitzer Prize for Drama for South Pacific in 1950

Marvin Hamlisch

Academy Award

1. 1973: Best Music, Original Dramatic Score – The Way We Were
2. 1973: Best Music, Original Song – The Way We Were
3. 1973: Best Music, Scoring Original Song Score and/or Adaptation – The Sting

Emmy Award

1. 1995 : Outstanding Individual Achievement in Music Direction – Barbra Streisand: The Concert
2. 1995 : Outstanding Individual Achievement in Music and Lyrics – Barbra Streisand: The Concert
3. 1999 : Outstanding Music and Lyrics – AFI’s 100 Years… 100 Movies
4. 2001 : Outstanding Music Direction – Timeless: Live in Concert

Grammy Award

1. 1974: Song Of The Year – The Way We Were
2. 1974: Best New Artist Of The Year
3. 1974: Best Pop Instrumental Performance – The Entertainer
4. 1974: Album Of Best Original Score Written For A Motion Picture Or A Television Special – The Way We Were

Tony Award

1. 1976 : Best Musical Score – A Chorus Line

Pulitzer Prize

1. Drama for A Chorus Line in 1976.

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