The Quick 10: 10 People Who Have Won a Grammy, a Tony, an Oscar and an Emmy

It's obviously a huge accomplishment to win an Oscar, a Grammy, a Tony or an Emmy. But to win all four? That's a feat so rare that only 10 people have ever accomplished it "“ at least, so far. Here they are:

1. Richard Rodgers of Rodgers and Hammerstein fame was the first to achieve all four and received the last of the awards "“ an Emmy for the music he composed for the made for T.V. movie Winston Churchill: The Valiant Years "“ in 1962. The Academy Award came from State Fair's "It Might as Well Be Spring," the first Grammy was for The Sound of Music album and his first Tony was for South Pacific.
2. Helen Hayes topped her Oscar, Emmy and Tony off with a Grammy in 1976 for the Best Spoken Word Recording for Great American Documents. Helen has something that most of the other entertainers on this list don't, though: a Presidential Medal of Freedom awarded to her by Ronald Reagan in 1986.

3. Rita Moreno is making me eat my words, though, because she also has a Presidential Medal of Freedom. To be fair, they are the only two on the list who do. Rita was awarded hers in 2004 by George W. Bush. Her Oscar was for West Side Story, of course, and her Tony was for The Ritz. It's her Grammy and Emmy awards that I think are the coolest, though: her Best Recording for Children Grammy was for The Electric Company and her first Emmy was for her appearance on The Muppet Show!

4. John Gielgud is the only British entertainer to have achieved all four awards "“ a Tony for directing Big Fish, Little Fish in 1961, a Best Spoken Word Grammy for Ages of Man in 1979, the Outstanding Actor in a Miniseries or Special Emmy for Summer's Lease, and the Best Supporting Actor Oscar for 1981's Arthur.

audrey5. Audrey Hepburn shouldn't come as too much of a surprise, although the Grammy might throw you for a loop. Everyone's favorite ingénue won her only Oscar for Roman Holiday opposite Gregory Peck in 1953. The Tony came just a year later "“ Best Actress in the play Ondine. Then she proved that she was still amazing 40 years later when she won an Emmy in 1993 for Gardens of the World with Audrey Hepburn and a Grammy in 1994 for her spoken word children's album Audrey Hepburn's Enchanted Tales.
6. Marvin Hamlisch, composer, has all of these awards and a Pulitzer Prize for Drama (A Chorus Line). His Tony was also for scoring the same musical. He can thank Barbra Streisand for his other three awards "“ or maybe she should thank him for hers (we'll get to that in a second). He won three Oscars in 1973 "“ two for The Way We Were and one for The Sting. Two of his four Emmys were for 1995's Barbra Streisand: The Concert. And his first Grammy was for the Song of the Year in 1974 "“ The Way We Were, obviously.

7. Jonathan Tunick received all four awards for accomplishments in composing and arranging over a span of 20 years, but what you probably know him best for is the most recent award that completed the superfecta for him "“ the orchestration of the 1997 Titanic musical (not the 1997 DiCaprio-Winslet sobfest).

brooks8. Mel Brooks can chalk most of his awards up to The Producers and his guest appearances on Mad About You in the "˜90s. His first award for Bialystock and Bloom was the 1968 Oscar for best screenplay. Then there was a bit of a lull in awards, but for three years running starting in 1997 he won Emmys for hanging out with Paul Reiser and Helen Hunt. In 1998 he won a Grammy for the Best Spoken Comedy Album The 2000 Year Old Man in the Year 2000," and in 2001 he won three Tonys for the musical revival of The Producers. What, nothing for Blazing Saddles?

9. Mike Nichols, whom you also might know as Diane Sawyer's husband, has won most of his awards for directing or producing. But his very first "“ a 1961 Grammy "“ was won for his comedic performance on An Evening With Mike Nichols and Elaine May. The first of his eight Tonys was for directing 1964's Barefoot in the Park and his only Oscar was for directing The Graduate in 1967. The Emmys are relatively new "“ 2001 for directing and producing Wit, and then the same Emmys in 2004 for Angels in America.

10. Whoopi Goldberg. This one was a bit of a shock to some of us here at the _floss, but it's true! Ghost earned the Whoopster her only Oscar to date, and she earned her Best Comedy Recording Grammy five years earlier in 1985. She received both her Emmy and her Tony in 2002; the Emmy was for Beyond Tara: The Extraordinary Live of Hattie McDaniel. I never could have guessed what the Tony was for, but maybe you guys are more educated in Broadway matters than I am. Give up? It was for producing Thoroughly Modern Millie.

Now, about Barbra Streisand. She's debatable because she has never actually won a competitive Tony. She received a "special" Tony in 1970 that she didn't have to compete for. And the same goes for Liza Minelli, although her questionable award is the Grammy. She never received one by competition, but she did receive a "Grammy Legend" award in 1990. What do you think"¦ should they count?

Here's a list of some of the living people who have received three of the four "“ who do you think will be added to the Four Awards list next? Share with us in the comments!

No Tony:
Woody Allen
Julie Andrews (seriously?!)
Burt Bacharach
Randy Newman
Barbra (sort of)
John Williams
Robin Williams

No Grammy:
Liza (sort of)
Al Pacino
Vanessa Redgrave
Geoffrey Rush
Maggie Smith

No Emmy:
Elton John
Andrew Lloyd Webber
Tim Rice
Stephen Sondheim

No Oscar:
James Earl Jones
Cynthia Nixon
Lily Tomlin
Dick Van Dy

10 Sweet Facts About Candy Canes

The sweet and striped shepherd’s hooks can be found just about everywhere during the holiday season. It's time you learned a thing or two (or 10) about them.


While the origins of the candy cane are a bit murky, legend has it that they first appeared in hooked form around 1670. Candy sticks themselves were pretty common, but they really took shape when the choirmaster at the Cologne Cathedral in Germany got the bright idea of twisting them to look like shepherd’s hooks. He then handed them out to kids during church services to keep them quiet.


It’s no surprise, then, that it was a German immigrant who introduced the custom to America. The first reference we can find to the tradition stateside is 1847, when August Imgard of Wooster, Ohio, decked his home out with the sugary fare.


Candy canes without the red don’t seem nearly as cheery, do they? But that’s how they were once made: all white. We’re not really sure who or exactly when the scarlet stripe was added, but we do know that images on cards before the 1900s show snow white canes.


Most candy canes are around five inches long, containing only about 50 calories and no fat or cholesterol.


The world’s largest candy cane was built by Geneva, Illinois chef Alain Roby in 2012.  It was 51 feet long, required about 900 pounds of sugar, and was eventually smashed up with a hammer so people could take home a piece.


Fifty-four percent of kids suck on candy canes, compared to the 24 percent who just go right for the big crunch. As you may have been able to guess, of those surveyed, boys were nearly twice as likely to be crunchers.


According to the National Confectioners Association, about 1.2 billion candy canes are made annually, and 90 percent of those are sold between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Which honestly begs the question: Who’s buying the 10 percent in the off season?


Bobs (that’s right; no apostrophe) Candies was the first company to really hang its hat on the sweet, striped hook. Lt. Bob McCormack began making candy canes for his kids in the 1920s, and they were such a hit he decided to start mass-producing them. With the help of his brother-in-law, a Catholic priest named Gregory Harding Keller (and his invention, the Keller Machine), McCormack was eventually able to churn out millions of candy canes a day.


December 26 is National Candy Cane Day. Go figure.


Here’s how they make candy canes at Disneyland—it’s a painstaking (and beautiful) technique.

10 Actors Who Hated Their Own Films

1. Sylvester Stallone, Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot. Sly doesn’t pull any punches when it comes to his film career. Despite co-starring with the delightful Estelle Getty as the titular violence-prone mother, Stallone knows just how bad the film was:

"I made some truly awful movies. Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot was the worst. If you ever want someone to confess to murder, just make him or her sit through that film. They will confess to anything after 15 minutes."

2. Alec Guinness, Star Wars.

By the time he played Obi-Wan Kenobi in 1977’s Star Wars: A New Hope, Guinness had already appeared in cinematic classics like The Bridge on the River Kwai, Great Expectations and Lawrence of Arabia. During production, Guinness is reported to have said the following:

"Apart from the money, I regret having embarked on the film. I like them well enough, but it's not an acting job, the dialogue - which is lamentable - keeps being changed and only slightly improved, and I find myself old and out of touch with the young."

The insane amount of fame he won for the role as the wise old Jedi master took him somewhat by surprise and, ultimately, annoyed him. In his autobiography A Positively Final Appearance: A Journal, Guinness recalls a time he encountered an autograph-seeking fan who boasted to him about having watched Star Wars more than 100 times. In response, Guinness agreed to provide the boy an autograph under the condition that he promise never to watch the film again.

3. Bob Hoskins, Super Mario Brothers. He was in Who Framed Roger Rabbit?. As far as I’m concerned, Bob Hoskins is forgiven for Super Mario Bros. Hoskins, though, doesn’t seem to be able to forgive himself. Last year the Guardian spoke with the veteran actor about his career and he summed up his feelings rather succinctly:

What is the worst job you've done?
Super Mario Brothers.

What has been your biggest disappointment?
Super Mario Brothers.

If you could edit your past, what would you change?
I wouldn't do Super Mario Brothers.

4. George Clooney, Batman & Robin. Sure, Batman & Robin made money. But by every other imaginable measure, the film was a complete failure, and a nightmare to the vast majority of the Caped Crusader’s most fervent fanatics. Star George Clooney recognized what a stinker he helped create and once plainly stated, “I think we might have killed the franchise.”

5. David Cross, Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked. When actors have a movie out, it's customary that they publicize the film by saying nice things about it. Earlier this year David Cross took a different approach. When it came to describing his new film Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked, the veteran comedian — better known for Mr. Show and Arrested Development — went on Conan and called the film a “big commercial for Carnival Cruise Lines” and told people not to go see it.

6. Katherine Heigl, Knocked Up. Judd Apatow’s unplanned pregnancy comedy was a huge hit and helped cement her status as a bankable film actress. After the film’s release, however, Heigl didn’t have all good things to say. In fact, what she specifically said about it was that the film was:

"…A little sexist. It paints the women as shrews, as humorless and uptight, and it paints the men as lovable, goofy, fun-loving guys.”

7. Charlize Theron, Reindeer Games. The 2000 action film Reindeer Games starred Ben Affleck, Gary Sinese and Charlize Theron and was directed by John Frankenheimer. But it all somehow failed to come together. In the end the film lost a lot of money and compiled a wealth of negative reviews – including one from its star actress who simply said, “Reindeer Games was not a good movie.”

8. Mark Wahlberg, The Happening. Mark Wahlberg doesn’t exactly seem like a guy who lives his life afraid of trees. But that is the odd position M. Night Shyamalan’s 2008 film The Happening put him in. Wahlberg, as it turns out, doesn’t look back too fondly on the film. He went on record during a press conference for The Fighter when he described a conversation with a fellow actor:

"We had actually had the luxury of having lunch before to talk about another movie and it was a bad movie that I did. She dodged the bullet. And then I was still able to … I don’t want to tell you what movie … alright “The Happening.” F*** it. It is what it is. F***ing trees, man. The plants. F*** it. You can’t blame me for not wanting to try to play a science teacher. At least I wasn’t playing a cop or a crook."

9. John Cusack, Better Off Dead. John Cusack reportedly hated his cult 80s comedy so much that he walked out of the screening and later told the film’s director Steve Holland that Better Off Dead was "the worst thing I have ever seen" and he would "never trust you as a director again."

10 Christopher Plummer, The Sound of Music. The Sound of Music is considered a classic and has delighted many generations of fans. But the film's own lead actor, Christopher Plummer, didn't always sing its praises. Mr. Von Trapp himself declined to participate in a 2005 film reunion and, according to one acquaintance, has referred to the film as The Sound of Mucus.



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