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Helen Mirren Twerks at Harvard

As she wins its annual Hasty Pudding award

By Newser Editors and Wire Services

Posted Jan 31, 2014 10:15 AM CST
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(Newser) – Helen Mirren has been honored as woman of the year by Harvard University's Hasty Pudding Theatricals, twerking as part of the traditional spoof roast yesterday. Mirren at first tried to sign the word "twerk," then let slip a curse word and danced. She said she's tried to twerk privately in her bedroom and having to do it in public was humiliating.

She also joked that being honored by Prince Charles as Dame of the British Empire at Buckingham Palace didn't come anywhere close to getting the ceremonial Hasting Pudding pot at Harvard. The festivities also included a parade. Hasty Pudding Theatricals is America's oldest undergraduate drama troupe. It annually honors performers who have made a lasting and impressive contribution to entertainment. Neil Patrick Harris will be honored as man of the year next Friday. Last year's winners were Marion Cotillard and Kiefer Sutherland.

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