What a Dame! Helen Mirren is Harvard’s Hasty Pudding Pick for 2014

Helen Mirren - Courtesy of Harvard - Photo Credit: Trevor Leighton

Helen Mirren – Courtesy of Harvard – Photo Credit: Trevor Leighton

What a Dame! Helen Mirren is Harvard’s Hasty Pudding Pick for 2014. Who doesn’t love Helen Mirren?

The woman is in her 60’s and can rock a bikini still. She also has starred in so many excellent films and television series it boggles the mind.

London born Mirren was born a Mironoff, her father hailing from Russia. The actress’s work in the National Youth Theater led to her being accepted into the Royal Shakespeare Company. Of recent date, Mirren shined as detective Jane Tennison in the critically raised “Prime Suspect,” a multiple award-winning television drama series that was noted for its high quality and popularity. Her portrayal of Tennison won her three consecutive BAFTA Awards for Best Actress between 1992 and 1994.

So bravo for The Hasty Pudding Theatricals, the oldest theatrical organization in the United States, in selecting Academy Award-winning actress Dame Helen Mirren as Hasty Pudding’s 2014 Woman of the Year Award.

From the press release

The Woman of the Year festivities, presented by The Related Companies, will begin at 2:45 p.m. on January 30, 2014, when Mirren will lead a parade through the streets of Cambridge. Following the parade, the Hasty Pudding Theatricals will host a celebratory roast for the actress. At 4 p.m., Mirren will be presented with her Pudding Pot at Farkas Hall. A press conference will follow the presentation. Afterward, Hasty Pudding cast members will perform several musical numbers from the group’s production Victorian Secrets.

“How very saucy of the Hasty Pudding organisation to offer me their award,” said Dame Helen Mirren. “As someone who adores Pudding in all its manifestations… Suet, Christmas, Treacle, Bread and Butter, Yorkshire, Plum, Figgy, etc., etc., I am so looking forward to the famous Hasty Pudding.”

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, will begin at 2:45 p.m. on January 30, 2014, when Mirren will lead a parade through the streets of Cambridge. Following the parade, the Hasty Pudding Theatricals will host a celebratory roast for the actress. At 4 p.m., Mirren will be 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 will follow the presentation. Afterward, Hasty Pudding cast members will perform several musical numbers from the group’s production Victorian Secrets.

Ms. Mirren will also receive a tour of the new Hasty Pudding Clubhouse, which recently relocated to the historic Hyde-Taylor House in Harvard Square.

“It gives us great pleasure to bestow Ms. Mirren with our prestigious Woman of the Year Award recognizing her significant contributions to entertainment,” said Tony Oblen, ’14, President of the Hasty Pudding Theatricals.” “We look forward to welcoming Ms. Mirren and celebrating and honoring her achievements in a truly unique and memorable way.”

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.

In 2013, she again met critical acclaim for reprising her role of Queen Elizabeth II, this time in Peter Morgan’s play “The Audience.” For her performance, she was awarded the prestigious Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actress, the highest honor in British theatre.

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.

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 earned her first Oscar® nomination for “The Madness of King George” for which she also won Best Actress honors at the 1994 Cannes Film Festival. Her second Oscar® nomination came for her work in Robert Altman’s 2001 film “Gosford Park.” Mirren earned both Oscar® and Golden Globe nominations for her performance in “The Last Station,” playing Sofya Tolstoy.

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.” She also received an Olivier Award nomination for Best Actress for her performance in “Mourning Becomes Electra” at London’s National Theatre. In 2009, Mirren returned to the National Theatre in the title role in “Phèdre,” directed by Sir Nicholas Hytner.

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®.

Helen Mirren became a Dame of the British Empire in 2003.

The Hasty Pudding Theatricals will announce their Man of the Year at a later date and the recipient will be honored on February 7, 2014.

For more information about the Hasty Pudding Institute of 1770, please visit:

http://www.hastypudding.org

https://www.facebook.com/HastyPudding

https://twitter.com/HastyPuddin1770

https://www.youtube/TheHastyPudding

The Hasty Pudding Theatricals will announce their Man of the Year at a later date and the recipient will be honored on February 7, 2014.

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