Helen Mirren Is Down to EGOT With a Shakespearean Rap Album



British (and Hollywood) royalty Helen Mirren and “Late Late Show” host James Corden faced off in one of his most impressive “Drop the Mic” segment’s to date last week and, of course, the “queen” left victorious.
Though she was apprehensive about doing the sketch, Mirren now thinks she could totally keep spitting hot fire, and possibly even record a Grammy-winning rap album.
“Well, it wasn’t very freestyle, but all the people on the show are just incredibly sweet and helpful and encouraging because it was something that was so far out of my comfort zone, basically,” Mirren told Vulture. “I’m like, ‘Oh, no! I can’t do that!’ But I’m always up for doing something that scares the s— out of me.”
When the reporter suggested the “Winchester” star could win potentially win a Grammy, Mirren was excited about its potential possibility.
“Oh, wouldn’t that be cool? Good idea,” Mirren said. “Absolutely, do a sort of rap Shakespeare album that wins a Grammy. That would be fabulous. It might be a step too far, but I would love that.”
Mirren is only a Grammy win away from becoming the latest person to the enter EGOT (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, Tony) winner’s club.
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Watch Mirren’s rap battle with Corden below.

The EGOT — an acronym for Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, Tony — is the greatest honor in entertainment. These stars are (or were) close to achieving it.

Ingrid Bergman (1915-1982)
Emmy: Single Performance by an Actress, “Startime” (1960); Actress in Limited Series or Special, “A Woman Called Golda” (1982) 
Oscar: Actress, “Gaslight” (1944); Actress, “Anastasia” (1956); Supporting Actress, “Murder on the Orient Express” (1974) 
Tony: Actress (Dramatic), “Joan of Lorraine” (1947)

Liza Minnelli (1946 – ) 
Emmy: Single Program – Variety and Popular Music, “Liza With a Z” (1973) 
Oscar: Actress, “Cabaret” (1973) 
Tony: Actress in a Musical, “Flora, the Red Menace” (1965); Actress, “The Act” (1978)
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Ellen Burstyn (1932 – ) 
Emmy: Guest Actress in Drama Series, “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” (2009); Supporting Actress in Miniseries or Movie, “Political Animals” (2013) 
Oscar: Actress, “Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore” (1974) 
Tony: Actress in a Play, “Same Time, Next Year” (1975)
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Jeremy Irons (1948 – ) 
Emmy: Voiceover Performance, “The Great War and the Shaping of the 20th Century” (1997); Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie, “Elizabeth I” (2006); Narrator, “Big Cat Week” (2014) 
Oscar: Actor, “Reversal of Fortune” (1990) 
Tony: Actor in a Play, “The Real Thing” (1984)
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Anne Bancroft (1931-2005) 
Emmy: Variety or Musical Program – Variety and Popular Music, “Annie, The Women in the Life of a Man” (1970) 
Oscar: Actress, “The Miracle Worker” (1962) 
Tony: Supporting Actress in a Play, “Two for the Seesaw” (1958); Actress in a Play, “The Miracle Worker” (1960)
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Viola Davis (1965 – ) 
Emmy: Actress in a Drama Series, “How to Get Away With Murder” (2015) 
Oscar: Actress, “Fences” (2016) 
Tony: Featured Actress in a Play, “King Hedley II” (2001); Actress in a Play, “Fences” (2010)
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Bob Fosse (1927-1987) 
Emmy: Choreography, Directing, Single Program – Variety and Popular Music, “Liza With a Z” (1973)
Oscar: Director, “Cabaret” (1972)
Tony: Choreographer, “The Pajama Game” (1955); “Damn Yankees” (1956); “Redhead” (1959); “Little Me” (1963); “Sweet Charity” (1966); “Pippin” (1973); “Dancin'” (1978); “Big Deal” (1986); Director, “Pippin” (1973)

Frances McDormand (1957 – )
Emmy: 2 prizes for  producing and starring in Limited Series or a Movie, “Olive Kitteridge” (2015) 
Oscar: Actress, “Fargo” (1996) 
Tony: Actress in a Play, “Good People” (2011)
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Helen Mirren (1945 – ) 
Emmy: Actress in a Miniseries or a Special, “Prime Suspect” (1996); Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie, “The Passion of Ayn Rand” (1999); Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie, “Elizabeth I” (2006); Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie, “Prime Suspect: The Final Act” (2007) 
Oscar: Actress, “The Queen” (2006) 
Tony: Actress in a Play, “The Audience” (2015)

Jessica Lange (1949 – ) 
Emmy: Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie, “Grey Gardens” (2009); “American Horror Story” (2012 and 2014) 
Oscar: Supporting Actress, “Tootsie” (1982); Actress, “Blue Sky” (1994) 
Tony: Actress, “Long Day’s Journey Into Night” (2016)
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Jason Robards (1922-2000) 
Emmy: Actor in a Miniseries or a Special, “Inherit the Wind” (1988)
Oscar: Supporting Actor, “All the President’s Men” (1976); Supporting Actor, “Julia” (1977) 
Tony: Actor in a Play, “The Disenchanted” (1959)

Al Pacino (1940 -) 
Emmy: Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie, “Angels in America” (2004) and “You Don’t Know Jack” (2010) 
Oscar: Actor, “Scent of a Woman” (1992) 
Tony: Supporting Actor in a Play, “Does a Tiger Wear a Necktie?” (1969); Actor, “The Basic Training of Pavlo Hummel” (1979)

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Christopher Plummer (1929 – ) 
Emmy: Actor in a Limited Series, “Arthur Hailey’s the Moneychangers” (1977); Voiceover Performance, “Madeline” (1994) 
Oscar: Supporting Actor, “The Beginners” (2011) 
Tony: Actor in a Musical, “Cyrano” (1974); Actor in a Play, “Barrymore” (1997)

Vanessa Redgrave (1937 – ) 
Emmy: Actress in a Limited Series or a Special, “Playing for Time” (1981); Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie, “If These Walls Could Talk 2” (2000)   
Oscar: Supporting Actress, “Julia” (1977)
Tony: Actress, “Long Day’s Journey Into Night” (2003)

Geoffrey Rush (1951 – ) 
Emmy: Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie, “The Life and Death of Peter Sellers” (2005) 
Oscar: Actor, “Shine” (1996) 
Tony: Actor in a Play, “Exit the King” (2009)

Maggie Smith (1934 – ) 
Emmy: Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie “My House in Umbria” (2003); Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Movie, “Downton Abbey” (2011, 2012 and 2016) 
Oscar: Actress, “The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie” (1969); Supporting Actress, “California Suite” (1978)
Tony: Actress, “Lettice and Lovage” (1990)
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Tony Walton (1934 – )
Emmy: Art Direction for a Miniseries or a Special, “Death of a Salesman” (1986) 
Oscar: Art Direction, “All That Jazz” (1979) 
Tony: Scenic Designer, “Pippin” (1973); Scenic Designer, “The House of Blue Leaves” (1986); “Guys and Dolls” (1992)
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Maureen Stapleton (1925-2006) 
Emmy: Single Performance by an Actress in a Drama, “Among the Paths to Eden” (1968) 
Oscar: Supporting Actress, “Reds” (1981) 
Tony: Supporting Actress in a Play, “The Rose Tattoo” (1951); Actress in a Play, “The Gingerbread Lady” (1971)

Thomas Mitchell (1892-1962) 
Emmy: Actor, NBC (1953)
Oscar: Supporting Actor, “Stagecoach” (1939) 
Tony: Actor in a Musical, “Hazel Flagg” (1953)

Melvyn Douglas (1901-1981) 
Emmy: Single Performance by an Actor in Leading Role in a Drama, “CBS Playhouse” (1968) 
Oscar: Supporting Actor, “Hud” (1963); Supporting Actor, “Being There” (1979) 
Tony: Actor in a Play, “The Best Man” (1960)

Shirley Booth (1898-1992) 
Emmy: Actress in a Series, “Hazel” (1962 and 1963) 
Oscar: Actress, “Come Back, Little Sheba” (1952)
Tony: Supporting Actress in a Play, “Goodbye, My Fancy” (1949); Actress in a Play, “Come Back, Little Sheba” (1950); Actress in a Play, “Time of the Cuckoo” (1953)

Jessica Tandy (1909-1994) 
Emmy: Actress in a Miniseries or a Special, “Foxfire” (1987) 
Oscar: Actress, “Driving Miss Daisy” (1989) 
Tony: Actress in a Drama, “A Streetcar Named Desire” (1948); “The Gin Game” (1978); “Foxfire” (1983)

Jack Albertson (1907-1981) 
Emmy: Continuing or Single Performance by a Supporting Actor in Variety or Music, “Cher” (1975); Actor in Comedy Series, “Chico and the Man” (1976) 
Oscar: Supporting Actor, “The Subject Was Roses” (1968) 
Tony: Supporting Actor, “The Subject Was Roses” (1965) 
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Ralph Burns (1922-2001) 
Emmy: Music Direction, “Baryshnikov on Broadway” (1980) 
Oscar: Scoring, Adaptation and Original Song Score, “Cabaret” (1972); Original Song Score/Adaptation Score, “All That Jazz” (1979)
Tony: Orchestrations, “Fosse” (1999); Orchestrations, “Thoroughly Modern Millie” (2002)

Paul Scofield (1922–2008) 
Emmy: Single Performance by a Lead Actor, “Male of the Species” (1969) 
Oscar: Actor, “A Man for All Seasons” (1966) 
Tony: Actor in a Play, “A Man for All Seasons” (1962)

So who has made the cut? Here are all of the stars who have achieved EGOT status, from Audrey Hepburn to Whoopi Goldberg.  
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The EGOT — an acronym for Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, Tony — is the greatest honor in entertainment. These stars are (or were) close to achieving it.

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