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Thursday, February 10, 2005

Catherine Zeta-Jones named Harvard's Hasty Pudding Woman of the Year

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Catherine Zeta-Jones sang a tune from the musical "Chicago," with the lyrics tweaked just for her, in order to earn her pudding pot and be crowned Hasty Pudding Theatrical's Woman of the Year on Thursday.

Zeta-Jones, who won an Oscar for her part in the film version of "Chicago," also tap danced in high heels and engaged in some swashbuckling before being presented with the brass pudding pot.

"Give me four more Oscars or I'll make 'The Haunting 2,' when you're good to Catherine, Catherine's good to you," she sang with a smile, putting new words to a tune from "Chicago." She appeared in "The Haunting" in 1999.

"This does rank up there with getting the Oscar ... The 10 hours I labored to give birth to my children," Zeta-Jones said after being given the pot.

"All the brilliance that congregates here at gorgeous Harvard ... It's nice to know that there's not one ounce of class. But I feel coming here today I've just sprinkled a little bit of it throughout your yard and if you ever want to redecorate, I'm pretty good at that too," Zeta-Jones said.

Her husband Michael Douglas arrived before the ceremony and sat in the audience watching the proceedings. He was crowned the Hasty Pudding Man of the Year in 1992.

The awards are given to performers who have made a "lasting and impressive contribution to the world of entertainment," by Hasty Pudding Theatricals, the nation's oldest undergraduate drama troupe.

Earlier, Zeta-Jones made an appearance on the steps of the Hasty Pudding Theater surrounded by cast members in drag. A traditional parade was canceled because of rain.

Zeta-Jones earned a best supporting actress Oscar for her role in "Chicago" and has starred in "The Terminal," "America's Sweethearts," and "Intolerable Cruelty."

Actor Tim Robbins is scheduled to be crowned Hasty Pudding Man of the Year on Feb. 17 at the opening night performance of the troupe's production of "Terms of Frontierment."

Last year's recipients were Sandra Bullock and Robert Downey Jr.

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