Jessica Lange Is Only One Award Away Now from EGOT After Nabbing Best Actress Tony
Jessica Lange is one trophy single away from achieving bona fide Hollywood-legend status.
“This is a dream come true and it fills me with such happiness even on such a sad day as this,” Lange said while accepting the award, acknowledging the tragic mass shooting in Orlando. “It’s a thrill and a joy to be in the theater and be acknowledged by this community. I can’t tell you how grateful I am, how moved I am.”
Of the role, Lange – who attended with her daughter and granddaughter – told reporters backstage in the press room, “With any great part, there is a time in your life when you come to it and something happens between you and the character. I have found that several times in my career along the way.”
She continued, “And I think in a way it has to do with what you bring, your life history, your life experiences, and somehow this one had that feeling to it.”
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EGOT refers to a star who has won trophies from show business’ biggest award shows: the Emmys, the Grammys, the Oscars and the Tonys.
Lange has two Oscars – her first for Best Supporting Actress in 1982’s Tootsie, and second for 1994’s Blue Sky – as well as three Primetime Emmy Awards for her work in American Horror Story and 2009’s Grey Gardens.
There are 12 current EGOT winners, including Audrey Hepburn and Whoopi Goldberg, of all four awards competitively. Other, noncompetitive winners – those who won at least one of the awards in a special or honorary nature – include Barbra Streisand and Liza Minnelli.
Lin-Manuel Miranda is also precariously close to becoming an EGOT. In addition to his Tony awards, Miranda also has two Grammys – both for Best Musical Theater Album – and a Primetime Emmy Award. He is only missing an Oscar.
• With reporting by JEFFREY SLONIM