Barrymore: Woman of the Year
Drew Barrymore, 25, was named Woman of the Year Friday by the Harvard University's Hasty Pudding Theatricals, the nation's oldest undergraduate dramatic organization, reports the Associated Press and hastypudding.org. Every February since 1951, the streets of Cambridge, Massachusetts, spring to life as the Woman of the Year Parade opens the beginning of another Hasty Pudding production season. A celebrated actress is escorted by 14 men in drag to the Hasty Pudding Theatre to receive her award. To the delight of observers, the actress is roasted, a tradition in which the highlights and embarrassing moments of her career are humorously recounted. (In Barrymore's case, fun was poked at "E.T. The Extraterrestrial" and "The Wedding Singer" -- at the prompting of an off-stage voice, an imitation of Charlie Townsend, the Angels' mysterious boss, who was heard but never seen.) "I feel like a real geek a lot in life. I walk around my house hanging pictures and wondering what I could do better and where my life is going. So thank you very much, this is so cool," she said after receiving the brass pot, which miraculously appeared on stage when it was handed up from the orchestra pit below. The Hasty Pudding Award goes to performers who have made a "lasting and impressive contribution to the world of entertainment." Previous winners include Jamie Lee Curtis, Billy Crystal, Goldie Hawn, Samuel L. Jackson, Sigourney Weaver, Kevin Kline, Julia Roberts and Mel Gibson. Actor Anthony Hopkins is scheduled to receive the Man of the Year award next Thursday. Following his coronation and festivities similar to the Woman of the Year celebration, he views the first performance of the Hasty Pudding season, "Fangs for the Memories."
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