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Mel Brooks: Comedian achieves “PEGOT” status

Mel Brooks: Comedian achieves “PEGOT” status

Mel Brooks has been awarded a Peabody Award for his lifetime achievement. This gave the 97-year-old “PEGOT” status.

Comedy legend Mel Brooks (97) has received a prestigious Peabody Award. Brooks was given the honor at the 84th Peabody Awards on June 9th in Beverly Hills. The award for his lifetime achievement was presented to Brooks, who thereby achieved “PEGOT” status, by comedian and actor Billy Crystal (76).

Mel Brooks becomes the fourth person ever to achieve “PEGOT” status

Comedian Brooks has had the so-called EGOT status since 2001, which means that the filmmaker, actor, composer and playwright has won all of the most important US awards for television (Emmy), music (Grammy), film (Oscar) and stage (Tony). Only 19 people have achieved this status so far, most recently this year Sir Elton John (77).

Thanks to his Peabody Career Achievement Award, Brooks is now a member of an even more exclusive club: only Barbra Streisand (82), “West Side Story” star Rita Moreno (92) and filmmaker Mike Nichols (“The Graduate”, 1931-2014) have so far achieved “PEGOT” status.

The Peabody Awards are considered a particularly prestigious awards ceremony, as popularity or commercial success are less important for a win. Comedian Brooks received an honorary Oscar in January of this year. He took home his first and so far only regular Academy Award in 1969 for “Springtime for Hitler”. The 97-year-old received three Tony Awards in 2001 for “The Producers”, the musical adaptation of his feature film “Springtime for Hitler”, thus completing his EGOT status.

Source: Stern

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