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Helen Mirren twerks, receives Hasty Pudding Woman of the Year honor

The Oscar-winning actress visited Cambridge, Mass., to receive Hasty Pudding's annual Woman of the Year award.

By Kate Stanton
Helen Mirren twerks, receives Hasty Pudding Woman of the Year honor
Hasty Pudding Theatricals 2014 Woman of the Year actress Helen Mirren (R) twerks for Harvard junior Bobby Flitsch, playing the part of 'Tony Blair' during her roast inside Farkas Hall at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts on January 30, 2014. UPI/Matthew Healey | License Photo

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Jan. 30 (UPI) -- Helen Mirren has a bevy of performing arts awards to her name, but she doesn't have one like this.

On Thursday, the 68-year-old actress received Hasty Pudding's Woman of the Year Award honor, which includes a coveted Pudding Pot trophy, a celebratory roast and a parade.

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“I was made a Dame of the British empire and I went to Buckingham Palace," she told the Cambridge, Mass., crowd. “It didn’t come anywhere close to this.”

Hasty Pudding Theatricals, Harvard's renowned undergraduate drama troupe, honors men and women who have made significant contributions to entertainment.

"How very saucy of the Hasty Pudding organization to offer me their award," Mirren said when the award was announced earlier this month. "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."

Mirren made the most of the festivities, hamming it up with drag queens and showing off her twerking skills.

“I’ve tried in my bedroom in front of a mirror, quite unsuccessfully,” she told reporters afterward.

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Neil Patrick Harris is Hasty Pudding's Man of the Year. His ceremony will take place Feb. 7.

[Boston Globe, E! News]

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