Marion Cotillard has been named the 2013 Harvard University Hasty Pudding Theatricals Woman of the Year, putting her in company of other actresses like Claire Danes and Elizabeth Taylor in receiving the honor.
Cotillard, a 37-year-old French actress, will be given a parade and roast along with a ceremonial pudding pot at event at Harvard on January 31. The Hasty Pudding Man of the Year will be named later, with an award ceremony on February 8, Entertainment Weekly reported.
Marion Cotillard, who won the Oscar for best actress in 2007 for her role in La Vie En Rose, received the award to honor her “lasting and impressive contribution to entertainment.” The Hasty Pudding Theatricals is the nation’s oldest undergraduate drama troupe.
The Hasty Pudding Awards date back to 1956, with the first given to Gertrude Lawrence. Others to receive the honor over the last 56 years include Bob Hope, Bill Cosby, Carol Burnett, Meryl Streep, and Bill Murray. Now Marion Cotillard joins those ranks. The Harvard Gazette spoke glowingly of her accomplishments:
“Cotillard is internationally renowned for her unbridled commitment to her art. In 2008, she became the second French actress ever to win an Oscar, and the first to win an acting award for a performance in the French language. The worldwide critical acclaim came for her riveting portrayal of legendary French chanteuse Edith Piaf in the film La Vie En Rose. For her role, Cotillard also received a best actress BAFTA, Golden Globe, and César Award, as well as nominations for a Screen Actors Guild and Critics Choice award. In addition, she was named best actress by critics’ organizations worldwide, including the Los Angeles Film Critics Association and the London Film Critics’ Circle.”
In 2010, Cotillard was named a Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters, for her contribution to the enrichment of French culture. Born in Paris, she studied drama at the Conservatoire d’Art Dramatique in Orléans.
Marion Cotillard has appeared more recently in Inception, Contagion, and The Dark Knight Rises.