Actress Kerry Washington has been named woman of the year by Harvard University's Hasty Pudding Theatricals.

Actress Kerry Washington at the 2013 'Celebrate Sundance Institute' Los Angeles Benefit on June 5, 2013 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)

Hasty Pudding, the nation's oldest collegiate theatrical organization, announced Wednesday that it had selected Washington because she is a "talented and socially engaged film, TV and stage actress who keeps breaking barriers in Hollywood."

Washington, the first black woman to headline a network TV drama since 1974 as crisis management specialist Olivia Pope on the hit show "Scandal," has earned Golden Globe, Emmy and SAG Best Actress nominations as well as an NAACP Image Award for Best Actress.

She will be given her pudding pot following a parade through Harvard Square and roast scheduled for Jan. 28.

Previous winners include Meryl Streep, Katharine Hepburn, and Elizabeth Taylor. Comedian Amy Poehler won last year.


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