Claire Danes Does Harvard 'Whackadoodle'
Claire Danes, 32, was at Havard University in Cambridge, Mass., on Thursday, where she was honored as the Hasty Pudding Theatricals' Woman of the Year. "It was totally bizarre — in the best sense," Danes said, before going on to describe the festivities as a "whackadoodle."
"I'm learning a lot about Harvard," Danes, who attended Harvard's Ivy League rival Yale University, said at a press conference. "I now know you guys are kind of deranged and like to pee on statues."
Danes, who is married to her Evening co-star Hugh Dancy, was recently awarded her third Golden Globe award for her work on the Showtime drama Homeland, in which she plays a CIA operative battling mental illness. "I first won this award when I was 15 for My So-Called Life, and I was utterly stunned and overwhelmed as one is," she said during her acceptance speech. "And the first thing I did when I left the stage was burst into tears because I realized that I had forgotten to thank my parents." Danes also previously won the Globe for her starring role in the made-for-TV movie Temple Grandin.
Hasty Pudding Theatricals bills itself as "the nation's oldest theater company, which annually puts on a spectacular spring production starring Harvard men in drag," according to its web site. Muppets advocate Jason Segel was named Man of the Year.
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