Viola Davis Becomes EGOT Winner


Chloe Casida, Staff Writer

     American Actress and producer Viola Davis has become the 18th person in history to reach the coveted EGOT status after winning a Grammy this past month for her memoir Finding Me. Davis has won multiple prestigious awards throughout her career, including an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress, Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress and Tony for Best Leading Actress. 

      The EGOT, a unique and prestigious award that 18 artists have earned throughout history, consists of winning an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony. The term EGOT, which actor Phillip Michael Thomas coined in 1984, rose to fame for its competitive achievement. Audrey Hepburn, Whoopi Goldberg, John Legend, and Rita Moreno are among some of the select few who have earned this award status. 

    Davis, who was nominated for a Grammy for her narrating of her 2021 memoir Finding Me, dedicated her success to her past self.

  “I wrote this book to honor the six-year-old Viola. To honor her life, her joy, her trauma, everything and it has just been such a journey,” Davis said “I just EGOT.”