Julianne Moore Named Hasty Pudding Woman of the Year

Julianne Moore—star of films such as “Boogie Nights,” “The Big Lebowski,” and “The Kids Are All Right”—has been named Hasty Pudding’s 2011 Woman of the Year, according to a press release issued today.

“We’re very excited,” Hasty Pudding spokesperson Learah T. Lockhart ’12 said of the pick.

The Pudding selected Moore, also known for her recurring role in the popular television show “30 Rock,” for her diverse accomplishments and wide range of acting experience, according to Lockhart.

“Julianne Moore has made a lot of bold choices in her career,” said Lockhart. “She has acted in everything from movies to independent films to theater to television. She has even authored two children’s books.”

Lockhart added that the Pudding was also impressed by Moore’s academic achievements. She is a graduate of Boston University’s College of the Fine Arts.

Moore will be honored in a parade that will move from the intersection of Mass. Ave. and Plympton Street to the New College Theater at 12 Holyoke St. on Jan. 27 at 2:30 p.m.

Following the parade, Hasty Pudding Theatricals President Michael A. Barron ’11 and Vice President of Cast Kyle J. Dancewicz ’11 will roast Moore, a four-time Oscar nominee, and then present her with her Pudding Pot.

Moore began her acting career in 1983 after moving to New York City where she worked extensively. She made her television debut on the daytime soap opera “As the World Turns” and made her debut on the silver screen with her role in 1990’s “Tales from the Darkside: The Movie.”

Moore took on her first big screen leading role in the 1995 movie “Safe,” which earned her critical acclaim.

She received Golden Globe and British Academy of Film and Telvison Arts nominations for her most recent film “The Kids are All Right.” In that film, co-starring with Annette Bening, she played a lesbian mother of two children who meet their biological father.

She will next appear in the film “Crazy Stupid Love”—opposite Steve Carell and Ryan Gosling—and “Shelter,” also starring Jonathan Rhys-Meyers.

Anne J. Hathaway was the 2010 Woman of the Year. Previous Woman of the Year honorees include Meryl Streep, Katharine Hepburn, Julia Roberts, Jodie Foster, and Elizabeth Taylor.

The Pudding also selects a Man of the Year. This year’s recipient will be announced next week, according to the press release. The event for the Man of the Year will be held Feb. 4.

—Staff writer Tara W. Merrigan can be reached at tmerrigan@college.harvard.edu.

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