Fredric March won the first Tony Award for Best Actor in a play (tied with José Ferrer) for Years Ago (pictured) on April 6, 1947. He had won the Oscar for Best Actor on March 13, 1947 for The Best Years of Our Lives.

March is one of only two actors (the other is Helen Hayes) to have won two Oscars and two Tonys. He won his first Oscar for Dr. Jeckyll and Mr. Hyde in 1931/21 and his second Tony for Long Days Journey into Night in 1956. He also shares the distinction with his Star is Born co-star Janet Gaynor of being the first actors to have won an Oscar to play characters who have won an Oscar. Gaynor's Vicki Lester wins a statuette during the course of the story and March's Norman Maine drunkenly takes the stage, mentioning that he had won the award a few years previously.

Five actresses have won a Tony and an Oscar in the same year.

  • Shirley Booth won a Tony for The Time of the Cuckoo and an Oscar for Come Back, Little Sheba (1953).
  • Audrey Hepburn won a Tony for Ondine and an Oscar for Roman Holiday (1954).
  • Ellen Burstyn won a Tony for Same Time, Next Year and an Oscar for Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore (1975).
  • Mercedes Ruehl won a Tony for Lost in Yonkers and an Oscar for The Fisher King (1991).
  • Judi Dench won a Tony for Amy’s View and an Oscar for Shakespeare in Love (1999).

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