FILE – 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) Related Coverage
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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — Actress Kerry Washington is coming to Cambridge to collect her pudding pot.
Washington, as Harvard University’s Hasty Pudding Theatricals Woman of the Year, will be feted with a roast and parade through Harvard Square on Thursday.
Washington is the first black woman to headline a network TV drama since 1974 as crisis management specialist Olivia Pope on the hit show “Scandal.” She has earned Golden Globe, Emmy and SAG Best Actress nominations as well as an NAACP Image Award for Best Actress.
Washington was selected because she’s a “talented and socially engaged film, TV and stage actress who keeps breaking barriers in Hollywood.”
Previous winners include Meryl Streep, Katharine Hepburn and Elizabeth Taylor. Comedian Amy Poehler won last year.
Hasty Pudding is the nation’s oldest collegiate theatrical organization.
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