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The Hasty Pudding Theatricals, the oldest theatrical organization in the United States, announces actor JENNIFER COOLIDGE as the recipient of its 2023 Woman of the Year Award. From her iconic performances in The White Lotus, The Watcher, Legally Blonde, and American Pie among countless others, the Pudding is proud to celebrate a truly unique and impactful presence in the world of entertainment.
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, Julia Roberts, Scarlett Johansson, Anne Hathaway, Kerry Washington, and most recently Jennifer Garner, the 72nd Woman of the Year.
The Woman of the Year festivities will begin at 1:45pm on February 4th, 2023, when Ms. Coolidge will lead a parade through the streets of Harvard Square. Following the parade, the Hasty Pudding Theatricals will host a celebratory roast for Ms. Coolidge at 7:00pm, after which she will be presented with her Pudding Pot at Farkas Hall, the Hasty Pudding’s historic home in Harvard Square since 1888. A press conference will follow the presentation at 7:30pm. Afterwards, Ms. Coolidge will attend the opening night of the Hasty Pudding Theatricals’ 174th production Cosmic Relief.
JENNIFER COOLIDGE has been a Hollywood mainstay ever since playing Stifler's mom in the 1999 comedy classic American Pie.
Coolidge will next be seen starring in Amazon Prime Video’s romantic comedy Shotgun Wedding opposite Jennifer Lopez.
Coolidge was most recently seen reprising her award-winning role in Season 2 of HBO’s The White Lotus, the Ryan Murphy’s Netflix series The Watcher opposite Naomi Watts, the Netflix’s hit holiday Film Single All The Way and Magnolia’s Film drama Swan Song opposite Udo Kier.
Beloved for her role as ‘Paulette’ in the iconic Legally Blonde franchise, opposite Reese Witherspoon, and well-known for her frequent collaborations with director Christopher Guest in films such as Best In Show (2000), A Mighty Wind (2003) and For Your Consideration (2006), the actress and comedienne has also made scene-stealing appearances in A Cinderella Story, Pootie Tang, Sex and the City, Friends, Seinfeld, Nip/Tuck, Party Down, Inside Amy Schumer, Gentlemen Broncos, 2 Broke Girls, Down to Earth, and more.
In addition to her memorable roles in television and film, she has also voiced animated characters, performed on Broadway, and toured her own standup act in front of live audiences. Recently, Coolidge was seen in Like A Boss, co-starring Tiffany Haddish and Rose Byrne, and Promising Young Woman opposite Carey Mulligan.
Originally from Boston, Coolidge studied at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City and was a nine-year veteran of The Groundlings comedy troupe in Los Angeles.
Coolidge splits her time between Los Angeles and New Orleans.
TO PURCHASE TICKETS to the Hasty Pudding Theatricals’ 174th production, Cosmic Relief, order online at https://www.hastypudding.org/buy-tickets/, email [email protected], or contact the HPT Box Office at 617-495-5205. The show will be performed at Harvard University’s historic Farkas Hall at 12 Holyoke Street from February 5th to March 5th. The company then travels to NYC for performances on March 10th and 11th. They will then travel to Hamilton City Hall in Bermuda for performances from March 15th to 17th.
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