Welcome to the EGOT club, Viola Davis! On Feb. 5, the “How to Get Away With Murder” actor became the 18th person to win an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony when she won the Grammy for best audio book, narration, and storytelling recording for her memoir, “Finding Me.”
Davis previously won an Emmy in 2015 for playing the role of Annalise Keating on “HTGAWM,” an Oscar for her supporting role in “Fences,” and two Tonys for “King Hedley II” in 2001 and “Fences” in 2010. She joins a small but elite club that includes the likes of Rita Moreno, John Legend, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Mike Nichols, and Jennifer Hudson.
“It has just been such a journey,” Davis said as she took the stage to accept her award. “I just EGOT! Oh, my God. I wrote this book to honor the 6-year-old Viola, to honor her, to honor her life, her joy, her trauma, her everything.”
The 57-year-old actor previously revealed that becoming an EGOT would be a major moment in her life. In a January interview with the Grammy Awards website, Davis shared what the win would mean to her.
“I absolutely, definitely think about it as a huge accomplishment,” she said of her award-winning career. “I feel this way, even though it’s probably a very dramatic statement on my part: I think that everybody wants their life to mean something . . . I do believe that you literally wanna blow a hole through this world in whatever way you can.”
She continued, “A lot of people don’t know how to do that. A lot of people haven’t found that thing that they’re passionate about, that they can do. Some have. But we all are looking for that, blowing a hole through this earth before we leave it. I think about that in my work a lot. I really found that thing that I love to do. So I always wanna make it meaningful.”