CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — Actress Kerry Washington has been named woman of the year by Harvard University’s Hasty Pudding Theatricals.
In this Dec. 6, 2015 file photo, actress Kerry Washington arrives at the 2015 Kennedy Center Honors reception in the East Room of the White House in Washington. On Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2016, Hasty Pudding Theatricals named Washington as its 2016 Woman of the Year. Washington will be paraded through the streets of Cambridge, Mass., and awarded the Pudding Pot at Harvard University on Jan. 28. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)
Hasty Pudding, the nation’s oldest collegiate theatrical organization, announced Wednesday that it had selected Washington because she is a “talented and socially engaged film, TV and stage actress who keeps breaking barriers in Hollywood.”
Washington, the first black woman to headline a network TV drama since 1974 as crisis management specialist Olivia Pope on the hit show “Scandal,” has earned Golden Globe, Emmy and SAG Best Actress nominations as well as an NAACP Image Award for Best Actress.
She will be given her pudding pot following a parade through Harvard Square and roast scheduled for Jan. 28.
Previous winners include Meryl Streep, Katharine Hepburn, and Elizabeth Taylor. Comedian Amy Poehler won last year.