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Barbra Streisand (USA, b. 24 April 1942) was the first singer to be awarded an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar and a Tony, aka the "Grand Slam of show business" – the "EGOT". She collected a Grammy in 1964 (for The Barbra Streisand Album), an Emmy in 1965 (for the TV show My Name is Barbra), an Oscar in 1968 (for the film Funny Girl) and a non-competitive "Star of the Decade" Tony award in 1970. Upon receiving the latter, at the 24th Annual Tony Awards on 19 April 1970, she was aged 27 years 360 days, making her also the youngest winner of the EGOT. At the age of 75 years 262 days (as of 11 January 2018), Streisand remains an active recording artist, and in 2014 she became the only act with a US No.1 album in each of the last six decades (1960s–2010s).
Streisand has won 10 Grammys (1964–95), four Emmys (1965–2001), two Oscars (1968–76) and one Tony award (1970).
With just six years between her first Grammy win and her Tony award, she is not only the youngest but also the fastest to achieve the EGOT. Furthermore, she is the only person to win an Oscar in both an acting and a music category (for the film Funny Girl in 1968 and the song "Evergreen (Love Theme from A Star is Born)" in 1976), and the only individual to win a Grammy, an Emmy and an Oscar for her music, TV and film debuts (respectively, The Barbra Streisand Album, My Name is Barbra and Funny Girl).
Among her Grammy wins are Album of the Year (The Barbra Streisand Album, 1964) and Song of the Year ("Evergreen (Love Theme from A Star is Born)", 1977).
Eighteen individuals have achieved the EGOT, including composers Richard Rodgers (1945–62), Marvin Hamlisch (1973–95) and Robert Lopez (2004–14), actor/singers Liza Minnelli (1965–90) and Harry Belafonte (1953–2014) and producer Quincy Jones (1964–2016).
Cher, Elton John, Cyndi Lauper, John Legend, Bette Midler and Randy Newman are among the singers with three major entertainment awards to their name, but all missing an Emmy, an Oscar or a Tony.
Only 12 people have won the EGOT by winning Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony awards in competitive categories (i.e. against other nominees).
Streisand’s Tony Award was a special, honorary award, presented to her in 1970. This puts her in a group of six Hollywood stars to achieve the EGOT with three competitive awards and one non-competitive gong – the other five are: Harry Belafonte (USA), James Earl Jones (USA), Quincy Jones (USA), Alan Menken (USA) and Liza Minnelli (USA).
Of this group of six “non-competitive” award winners, Streisand was both the youngest person to achieve the EGOT (27 years 360 days) and the fastest person to achieve the EGOT (seven years).