Pudding Taps Spielberg and Julie Andrews
Julie Andrews, who donned male attire in her last screen role, will come to Harvard this month at the invitation of a group of men in women's clothing in receive the Hasty Pudding Theatricals Woman of the Year award.
The theater group, which annually invites a pair of entertainment celebrities to Cambridge to publicize the all-male Hasty Pudding musical, also announced this week that Steven Spielberg, the nation's most successful movie director, will be 1983's Man of the Year.
Andrews will accept her award on February 16, after a parade through Harvard Square. Spielberg who directed the immensely popular film, "E. T.", will receive his ceremonial pudding pot at the February 22 premiere of the company's 135th annual all-male production, "Of Mines and Men."
Andrews said in an interview yesterday she has never visited Harvard, but expects its undergraduates to be "a hundred times smarter than I could ever imagine."
A student of private tutors who "never even considered college," she added. "I just wish I could be a fly on the wall at every class going on there."
One of the Boys
Noting that she has not marched in a parade since she was publicizing "Mary Poppins" in the 1960s. Andrews said she hoped the Pudding's Massachusetts Avenue route would not be too cold but added, "being from England. I'm used to it."
Asked whether she would have been a more appropriate choice for Man of the Year, in light of her role as a male impersonator in "Victor Victoria," she said. "I've done a little research about the Hasty Pudding, and I gather I'll be in good company."
Her next role will be alongside Burt Reynolds in "The Man Who Loved Women," a loose adaptation of the Francois Truffaut film of the same title, her public relations associates Gene Schwam said yesterday.
In addition to her work as an actress. Andrews has been active in finding homes for Cambodian and Vietnamese refugees, and visited Cambodia in December. Schwam said She is also the author of two children's novels.
Spielberg could not be reached yesterday, but an associate said his next project will probably be a sequel to "Raiders of the Lost Ark."