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Jennifer Coolidge, Bob Odenkirk Are Harvard's Hasty Pudding People of the Year

The awards are given out to people who have made lasting and impressive contributions to the world of entertainment

Jennifer Coolidge and Bob Odenkirk at the 80th Golden Globe Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Jan. 10, 2023.
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Jennifer Coolidge, who saw a career resurgence following her Emmy-winning turn as Tanya McQuoid-Hunt in the acclaimed HBO series "The White Lotus," was named the 2023 Woman of the Year by Harvard University's Hasty Pudding Theatricals on Tuesday.

Last week, the Pudding named award-winning actor, writer and bestselling author Bob Odenkirk, perhaps best known as shady lawyer Saul Goodman on "Breaking Bad" and "Better Call Saul," its 2023 Man of the Year.

The Pudding is the oldest theatrical organization in the nation and one of the oldest in the world.  The awards are given out to people who have made lasting and impressive contributions to the world of entertainment. The women's award dates to 1951 and the men's to 1967.

Coolidge, who also played Stifler's sultry mom in "American Pie" and sage manicurist Paulette in the "Legally Blonde" movies, grew up in the Boston area.

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"We are so excited to welcome Jennifer Coolidge back to her hometown and to Harvard, the iconic setting of Legally Blonde," Man and Woman of the Year coordinator Maya Dubin said in a press release. "Her glittering personality and comedic presence are so Pudding."

Coolidge will be honored with a parade through Harvard Square on Feb. 4 followed by a roast when she will be presented her Pudding Pot.

Her other film credits include roles in "Best In Show," "A Mighty Wind" and "Shotgun Wedding" while she has appeared multiple television shows including "Seinfeld," "2 Broke Girls" and "Nip/Tuck."

Previous winners of the Woman of the Year Award include Meryl Streep, Viola Davis and Debbie Reynolds. Last year's recipient was Jason Bateman, and previous honorees include Bob Hope, Dustin Hoffman and Sean Connery.

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Odenkirk is scheduled to receive his Pudding Pot award at a celebratory roast Feb. 2, after which he will attend a preview of Hasty Pudding Theatricals' 174th production, "COSMIC RELIEF!," the group announced.

"When choosing our 2023 Man of the Year, I immediately knew we better call Bob Odenkirk," producer Aidan Golub said in a statement. "We're cooking up a lot of surprises to celebrate Mr. Odenkirk's contributions to the world of comedy both in front of and behind the camera."

Odenkirk reprised the role of Saul Goodman, aka Jimmy McGill, in "Better Call Saul," which earned him three Critics Choice TV awards and multiple Emmy, Golden Globe, and SAG Award nominations.

He is also the star and executive producer of "Lucky Hank," adapted from the novel "Straight Man" by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Richard Russo, which is scheduled to premier on AMC and AMC+ on March 19.

Some of his other acting credits include "Nobody," "Mr. Show with Bob and David" and "Girlfriend's Day."

He received two Emmy Awards for his comedic writing for "Saturday Night Live" in 1989 and for "The Ben Stiller Show" in 1993.

In 2013 Odenkirk co-wrote The New York Times bestseller "Hollywood Said No!," a collection of unproduced screenplays, and his third book released in March 2022, a memoir entitled "Comedy Comedy Comedy Drama," went to No. 2 on The New York Times bestseller list.

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