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Hasty Pudding award goes to Davis


Viola Davis was named Woman of the Year on Friday by Harvard University’s Hasty Pudding Theatrical­s.

“Viola has inspired our company with her incredible grit and determinat­ion, and we cannot wait to celebrate her successes, strong character and wonderful talent,” said Jessica Moore, the group’s president, in a statement.

Davis will be honored April 22 in an online ceremony that will include a roast, a discussion and a speech from Davis as she is presented with her ceremonial pudding pot.

The Hasty Pudding award has been handed out annually since 1951 to people who have made lasting and impressive contributi­ons to the world of entertainm­ent.

Teigen returns to Twitter:

Chrissy Teigen returned to Twitter on Friday, just 23 days after announcing she was quitting the platform.

On March 24, she told her nearly 14 million followers that she was done with the social networking service. On Friday, the model and author, 35, said that she simply could not stay away and has chosen “to take the bad with the good.”

“(It) turns out it feels TERRIBLE to silence yourself and also no longer enjoy belly chuckles randomly throughout the day and also lose like 2000 friends at once lol,” she wrote.

Actor McCrory dies of cancer:

British actor Helen McCrory, who starred in the TV show “Peaky Blinders” and the “Harry Potter” movies, has died, said husband and fellow actor Damian Lewis on Friday. The 52-year-old had been suffering from cancer.

McCrory was one of Britain’s most respected actors, making her mark by playing a succession of formidable and sometimes fearsome women. She played the matriarch of a crime family on “Peaky Blinders” and Voldemort ally Narcissa Malfoy in the “Harry Potter” movies.

Schlesinge­r tribute planned:

Members of the Monkees, R.E.M., Dashboard Confession­al and The Black Keys are among the artists turning out for a virtual tribute concert next month for Adam Schlesinge­r, who died of COVID-19 a year ago.

“Adam Schlesinge­r, A Musical Celebratio­n, Virtual Show” will premiere May 5 on the Rolling Live platform, with proceeds going to MusiCares and the venue The Bowery Electric.

Schlesinge­r, a prolific songwriter as well as a producer, was best known for his band Fountains of Wayne. The tribute is being organized by Jody Porter, his former bandmate in Fountains of Wayne.

Cohen to host ‘Jeopardy!’ tourney:

Buzzy Cohen, a former “Jeopardy!” winner, will host the game show’s Tournament of Champions, producers announced Wednesday. The tournament will feature 15 former winners and is slated to take place May 17 to 28. Cohen won $164,603 in nine games as a “Jeopardy!” contestant in 2016, and he won the Tournament of Champions the following year.

April 17 birthdays: Actor David Bradley is 79. Actor Olivia Hussey is 70. Actor Sean Bean is 62. Actor Joel Murray is 58. Actor Lela Rochon is 57. Singer Liz Phair is 54. Rapper Redman is 51. Actor Jennifer Garner is 49. Singer Victoria Beckham is 47. Actor Rooney Mara is 36. Actor Dee Dee Davis is 25.

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CHRIS PIZZELLO/INVISION 2018 Harvard University’s Hasty Pudding Theatrical­s named Viola Davis its Woman of the Year.

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