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Jennifer Coolidge Is Hasty Pudding Woman of the Year

The award is the oldest from the Harvard theatrical group.

CAMBRIDGE, MASS.: Hasty Pudding Theatricals has named Jennifer Coolidge the recipient of their Woman of the Year Award. The award is Hasty Pudding’s oldest, and has been bestowed annually since 1951.

Jennifer Coolidge at the Groundlings.

“We are so excited to welcome Jennifer Coolidge back to her hometown and to Harvard, the iconic
setting of Legally Blonde,” awards coordinator Maya Dubin said in a statement. “We know she’ll fit right into the Pudding’s musical spectacular, though she’ll still have to earn her Pudding Pot onstage.”

Coolidge will lead a parade through Harvard Square on Feb. 4 to celebrate her Woman of the Year Award. Hasty Pudding will then host a celebratory roast of Coolidge and present her with their Pudding Pot. A press conference will follow, and Coolidge will then attend Hasty Pudding’s production of Cosmic Relief.

Coolidge is best known for her work in film and television, including her recent Emmy-winning turn on HBO’s The White Lotus. But she is also a nine-year veteran of L.A.’s Groundlings improv and sketch comedy troupe and has performed on Broadway twice: in The Women in 2001-02 and in Elling in 2010. Coolidge is an alumna of Emerson College and the American Academy of Dramatic Arts.

Founded in 1770, Hasty Pudding Theatricals at Harvard University is a performing arts organization and an advocate for satire and discourse as tools for change worldwide. Each year they a produce a student-written musical burlesque, the Pudding Show.

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