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Hasty Pudding Theatricals Awards Jennifer Coolidge for Impact on Entertainment Industry

Jennifer Coolidge is best known for her role as Stifler’s mother in the American Pie film series and for her Emmy-, Golden Globe- and Critics’ Choice-winning performance in HBO’s The White Lotus

She will be named Hasty Pudding Woman of the Year, an honorary award from Harvard University, next month. 

The award, given yearly by Harvard’s Hasty Pudding Theatricals, honors performers who have significantly impacted the entertainment industry. A well-deserving recipient of this prestigious award is Coolidge, who has had a successful career in both film and television.

Founded in 1795, Hasty Pudding Theatricals, the oldest theater organization in the United States, has a long history of honoring outstanding artists.

The Woman of the Year award was added in 1951, with previous winners including Audrey Hepburn, Meryl Streep and Jodie Foster.

On an as-yet-undetermined date, Coolidge will receive the award, at which point she will be feted with a parade and roast and have the chance to make a speech in gratitude.

This is a major achievement that marks Coolidge among the most talented and accomplished artists in entertainment.

Fans of Coolidge and Hasty Pudding Theatricals will be looking forward to this event as it promises to be a night of laughter, entertainment and a celebration of true talent in the entertainment industry.

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Harvard Recognition Award

On February 4th, Coolidge will receive a tribute in her native Cambridge, Massachusetts.

She will lead a parade through Harvard Square, which will be the gayest parade of the year, according to the article. After the parade, the Hasty Pudding Institute will host a celebratory roast for Coolidge, where she will receive her Pudding Pot trophy. 

This will be followed by the opening night performance of the Pudding’s 174th production, Cosmic Relief.

Coolidge is best known for her roles in popular movies and TV shows such as Seinfeld, She TV, the American Pie movies, the Legally Blonde franchise, the Christopher Guest cinematic universe, and Sex and the City

She has also been recognized for her work in the industry, receiving awards for her performances.

Coordinator of the Man and Woman of the Year honor, Maya Dubin, said in a statement, “We are so excited to welcome Jennifer Coolidge back to her hometown and to Harvard, the iconic setting of Legally Blonde. Her glittering personality and comedic presence are so Pudding. 

“We know she’ll fit right into the Pudding’s musical spectacular, though she’ll still have to earn her Pudding Pot onstage.”

Man of the Year honoree Bob Odenkirk will also be honored on February 2nd, but there will be no parade for him.

Coolidge and Her Career

Coolidge is a well-known actress who has made a name for herself in the entertainment industry with her comedic talents. 

Born in Boston, Massachusetts, Coolidge began her career in the early 90s and has since appeared in a wide variety of films and television shows.

One of Coolidge’s most iconic roles was as Stifler’s mom in the American Pie franchise. Her performance in the first film, American Pie, received widespread acclaim and solidified her status as a comedic actress. 

She would later reprise the role in two more American Pie films, American Pie 2 and American Wedding.

In addition to her work in the American Pie franchise, Coolidge has also had notable roles in other popular films. She played Paulette, the beauty school teacher in Legally Blonde and its sequel, Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde

She also appeared in Christopher Guest’s mockumentary films, such as Best in Show and A Mighty Wind.

Coolidge’s television career is also impressive, she appeared in a recurring role as Sophie on the hit show 2 Broke Girls, and had guest appearances on popular series like Seinfeld and Sex and the City.

Coolidge will be honored on February 4th in her hometown of Cambridge, Massachusetts. She will lead a parade through Harvard Square and receive the Pudding Pot trophy from the Hasty Pudding Institute. 

This will be followed by the opening night performance of the Pudding’s 174th production, Cosmic Relief.

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Charity Works

In addition to her acting career, Coolidge is also known for her philanthropic work. She is an advocate for animal rights and has worked with various organizations to promote animal welfare.

Coolidge is a supporter of PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals), an animal rights organization that focuses on issues such as factory farming, animal testing, and the fur trade. 

She has participated in several of PETA’s campaigns, including one in which she posed for a billboard wearing only lettuce leaves to promote vegetarianism.

Coolidge is also a supporter of the ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals), an organization that aims to prevent animal cruelty and promote animal welfare. 

She has been involved in several ASPCA campaigns, including one that aimed to raise awareness about the link between domestic violence and animal abuse.

Additionally, Coolidge has also been involved in various animal welfare organizations that support rescuing, rehabilitating and rehoming animals. 

She has been vocal about her support for these organizations, and often speaks about the importance of adopting animals instead of buying them from pet stores or breeders.

Coolidge’s philanthropic efforts don’t stop there, she has also been involved in several charitable organizations that support children, veterans, and cancer patients. She has been involved in various charity events, such as walks and runs, to raise funds for these causes.

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