Hasty Pudding members escorted Anne Hathaway to a roast in her honor as Woman of
the Year.

A snowy motorcade through Harvard Square. A bawdy drag queen show. A brass pot to
put on the mantel. It all added up to one memorable afternoon for actress Anne
Hathaway as she received the Hasty Pudding Theatricals’ 60th Woman of the Year. In
time-honored Pudding tradition, Hathaway, 27, was brought onstage at Harvard’s New
College theater for a 30-minute roast hosted by Pudding pooh-bahs Clifford Murray and
Derek Mueller.

Playing merrily along, Hathaway was lauded and teased by an all-male cast portraying
Julie Andrews, Liza Minnelli, Meryl Streep (decked out in silvery “Prada’’ couture), and
Puff Daddy the Magic Dragon, whom Hathaway pretended to slay. In homage to her
roles in such films as “The Princess Diaries’’ and “Brokeback Mountain,’’ there were
plenty of groan-worthy jokes about gay cowboys, Hathaway appearing topless
onscreen, and her being “the second most famous Anne to keep a diary.’’

But Hathaway gave as good as she got, showing off her skills at arm-wrestling, sword-
wielding, singing, and even defending some of her weaker screen credits (“Excuse me,’’
she barked at one point, “I won a Teen Choice Award!’’). Hathaway capped the roast
with an acceptance speech composed in rhymed couplets (sample: “I feel warm and
gooey inside / My rump is swollen with pride’’). Her main theme? She expects some
serious help when her kids grow up and apply to Harvard.

Hathaway sat through a preview of
the forthcoming Pudding Theatricals
show “Commie Dearest,’’ a ribald
satire on the 1950s, and held a
brief press conference afterward,
saying she felt “lovingly skewered’’
by the whole experience. She also
said a network of Harvard-alum f
riends, one being director Edward
Zwick, had helped prepare her to
become what she smilingly called
“roast pudding.’’ Confessed
Hathaway, “I’d always hoped to be
a Woman of the Year someday,’’
an honor for which she felt
“surprisingly touched.’’

That pudding pot? She just might
fill it with potpourri, Hathaway said,
or maybe fortune cookies. As for
last night, she said, she’d be
drinking out of her new trophy -
“whatever they’re pouring.’’
Anne Hathaway snags Harvard Hasty Pudding pot
by Roland Hansen
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