She had it comin’. Catherine Zeta-Jones, who won an Oscar two years ago for showing off her song-and-dance skills in Chicago, will be paraded through the streets of Cambridge, Mass., on Feb. 10 alongside several young men in drag, part of her victory celebration for a slightly less prestigious award. Harvard’s Hasty Pudding Theatricals, the nation’s oldest undergraduate drama club, has named her its Woman of the Year. Tim Robbins, who won an Oscar last year for Mystic River, is the Hasty Pudding’s Man of the Year, and he’ll get a similar parade on Feb. 17.
The Pudding gives out the awards each year to a man and a woman who have made a ”lasting and impressive contribution to the world of entertainment.” Each winner is feted with a February parade, presented with a trophy (a brass pudding pot), and treated (if that’s the right word) to a preview of the troupe’s annual student-written drag musical (this year’s show is a Western called Terms of Frontierment).
Robbins seemed to know what kind of mischief to expect, since his partner, Susan Sarandon, won the Woman of the Year prize in 1996. In the spirit of the award, he issued a statement to the student daily newspaper, the Harvard Crimson, saying: ”I understand that receiving the Hasty Pudding Man of the Year Award is a crowning achievement in one’s life, an experience of exaltation rivaled only by the birth of one’s children, being named the new Dalai Lama, or by being found not guilty on all charges. I have dreamed for years of the day when I could hold the brass pot and call it my own, and now at long last that day has arrived.”
Zeta-Jones’ husband, Michael Douglas, is also a past winner (in 1992). ”I am really looking forward to coming to Harvard next week,” she said in a statement to the Crimson. ”It’s an honor to be added to the list of women who have gone before me. I can?t wait to see what the Hasty Puddings have in store for me.”