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Dame Helen Mirren Named Hasty Pudding Woman of the Year

by Winnie McCroy
EDGE Editor
Saturday Feb 1, 2014
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The Hasty Puddding Theatricals honor Helen Mirren as 2014 Woman of the Year on Thursday, January 30 in Cambridge
The Hasty Puddding Theatricals honor Helen Mirren as 2014 Woman of the Year on Thursday, January 30 in Cambridge  (Source:Gail Oskin/Getty Images, courtesy Hasty Pudding)

The Hasty Pudding Theatricals, the oldest theatrical organization in the United States, honored Academy Award-winning actress Dame Helen Mirren as the recipient of its 2014 Woman of the Year Award on Thursday, January 30, 2014. The Pudding was proud to honor a talented and renowned actress whose performances have garnered international critical acclaim.

"This is an enormous honor. I never expected to be a made a Dame of the British Empire, I never expect to win an Oscar, and I never expected to be made Woman of the Year by the Hasty Pudding Club," said Mirren. "So I’m ticking them off. It’s a fantastic honor and of course an enormous pleasure." Helen Mirren became a Dame of the British Empire in 2003.

The Woman of the Year Award is the Hasty Pudding Theatricals oldest honor, bestowed annually on performers who have made lasting and impressive contributions to the world of entertainment. Established in 1951, the Woman of the Year Award has been given to many notable and talented entertainers, including Meryl Streep, Katharine Hepburn, Julia Roberts, Jodie Foster, Elizabeth Taylor, Anne Hathaway, Claire Danes and most recently, Marion Cotillard.

The Woman of the Year festivities, presented by The Related Companies, began with Mirren leading a parade through the streets of Cambridge.

"I’ve always loved a parade, but I’ve never got to be the queen of a parade, so that’s fantastic to do this at this end of my life," said Mirren. "That’s usually something you do at 18 years old."


A kiss for the queen  (Source:Gail Oskin/Getty Images, courtesy Hasty Pudding)

Following the parade, the Hasty Pudding Theatricals hosted a celebratory roast for the actress. Mirren was presented with her Pudding Pot at Farkas Hall, the Hasty Pudding’s historic home in the heart of Harvard Square since 1888. A press conference followed the presentation. Afterward, Hasty Pudding cast members performed several musical numbers from the group’s production "Victorian Secrets."

Helen Mirren has won international recognition for her work on stage, screen and television. For her portrayal of Queen Elizabeth II in 2006 of "The Queen," she received an Academy Award®, Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Award®, and BAFTA Award for Best Actress. Most recently, she received a SAG award for Outstanding Performance by a Female in a Television Movie or Miniseries for her role in the HBO film "Phil Spector."

Her film career began with Michael Powell’s "Age of Consent," but her breakthrough film role came in 1980 in John Mackenzie’s "The Long Good Friday." Mirren has worked extensively in the theatre in many varied and challenging roles over the years. She has received two Tony Award nominations, for her work in "A Month in the Country" and for her role opposite Sir Ian McKellen in "Dance of Death."

On television, Mirren starred in the award-winning series "Prime Suspect" and earned an Emmy Award and three BAFTA Awards, as well as numerous award nominations. She won another Emmy Award and earned a Golden Globe nomination when she reprised the role of Detective Jane Tennison in 2006’s "Prime Suspect 7: The Final Act," the last installment in the PBS series. Mirren was also honored for her performance as Queen Elizabeth I in the HBO miniseries "Elizabeth I," winning an Emmy Award, a Golden Globe and a SAG Award®.

Mirren will be seen starring in the upcoming Walt Disney Studios’ film "The Hundred-Foot Journey." Her recent projects include HBO’s 2013 biopic "Phil Spector," a role for which she received Emmy, Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild nominations; Summit’s action sequel "Red 2," and Disney’s animated sequel "Monsters University." In 2012, Mirren starred in Sacha Gervasi’s "Hitchcock," a role for which she received Best Actress nominations from the Golden Globes, SAG, and BAFTA.


The Hasty Pudding Theatricals will honor Neil Patrick Harris as their 2014 Man of the Year on February 7.


For more information, visit http://www.hastypudding.org

Winnie McCroy is the Women on the EDGE Editor, HIV/Health Editor, and Assistant Entertainment Editor for EDGE Media Network, handling all women’s news, HIV health stories and theater reviews throughout the U.S. She has contributed to other publications, including The Village Voice, Gay City News, Chelsea Now and The Advocate, and lives in Brooklyn, New York, where she writes about local restaurants in her food blog, http://brooklyniscookin.blogspot.com/

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