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Drew Barrymore gets Hasty Pudding award

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. Feb. 8 -- Drew Barrymore got "potted" at Harvard University Thursday.

Barrymore, a veteran of more than 30 movies, was honored by Harvard's Hasty Pudding Theatricals, the oldest undergraduate dramatic organization in the nation, as it's 51st Woman of the Year. At 25, Barrymore was the youngest entertainer ever honored by the group. "This is so cool," Barrymore said.

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Male members of the troupe, dressed in drag, accompanied Barrymore as she rode in an open convertible in a parade through Harvard Square, cheered on by one of the biggest crowds in the event's 51-year history. Barrymore obviously enjoyed herself as she smiled and waved to the onlookers.

A successful actress since age 6 when she landed a role in Steven Spielberg's "E.T. The Extraterrestrial," Barrymore had to endure a good-natured roasting inside the Hasty Pudding Theater, touching on her movies "Charlie's Angels," "Scream," and "Poison Ivy."

"Good morning, Angels," boomed a voice offstage. "Good morning, Charlie," Barrymore beamed to the delight of the audience.

Asked if the scene where she "hooked up with a 97-year-old " Tom Skerritt from "Poison Ivy" was one of her scariest, Barrymore said: "You should have seen Tom then. He hated every moment of it. He was mortified, so not only was I having to get it on with him, I was having to coax him into it."

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Barrymore was then presented with the group's traditional brass Pudding Pot, which she plans to put on the shelf at home.

Next Thursday the group will present "Hannibal the Cannibal" Anthony Hopkins with a Pudding Pot as its Man of the Year.

The awards were created to honor artists who have made a "lasting and impressive contribution to the world of entertainment."

Hopkins received an Academy Award for his role as Dr. Hannibal Lecter -- Hannibal the Cannibal -- in the 1991 film, "The Silence of the lambs." He reprises his role in the recently opened film, "Hannibal."

The Hasty Pudding Theatricals began its tradition in 1951 when it crowned Gertrude Lawrence the first Woman of the Year. In 1967 it named Bob Hope as its first Man of the Year.

Last year's winners were Jamie Lee Curtis and Bill Crystal.

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