Lethbridge Herald

Hasty Pudding to honour Elizabeth Banks

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Harvard University’s famed Hasty Pudding theatre troupe has named actor and director Elizabeth Banks as the group’s 2020 Woman of the Year.

The troupe’s leaders made the announceme­nt Tuesday, saying Banks was chosen because of her impact in Hollywood as a female director, producer and writer.

“Elizabeth is a role model to all of the young women in the Theatrical­s, especially in a year with a female writer, female producers, and a majority female cast — we all cannot wait to celebrate and meet her,” Natalie Needle, the troupe’s co-producer, said in a statement.

Banks will be honoured with a parade through Cambridge on Jan. 31, followed by a celebrator­y roast where she will be awarded her pudding pot. After the roast, the troupe will perform a preview of “Mean Ghouls,” the group’s second show with a cast that includes women.

Banks is an executive producer on “Shrill,” a Hulu series featuring Aidy Bryant that’s scheduled to begin its second season this month. She made her feature directoria­l debut in 2015 with “Pitch Perfect 2” and last year produced, wrote, directed and appeared in a reboot of “Charlie’s Angels.”

She has received three Emmy nomination­s for roles on “Modern Family” and “30 Rock.”

Born in Pittsfield, Massachuse­tts, Banks graduated from the University of Pennsylvan­ia and received a graduate degree at the American Conservato­ry Theater. A longtime advocate for women’s rights, Banks in October was named chair of the new Creative Council for the Center for Reproducti­ve Rights.

Hasty Pudding Theatrical­s dates to the late 18th century. One of its first mandates was“members in alphabetic­al order shall provide a pot of hasty pudding for every meeting.”

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