Harvard's theater department is simultaneously celebrating and sighing.
The Hasty Pudding Club--the oldest undergraduate theater organization in the country--hailed Sex and the City star Sarah Jessica Parker as its woman of the year Thursday at Harvard, hot on the heels of an embarrassing grand larceny charge brought against two of its members on Tuesday, the Associated Press reports.
Pudding members were ready for both, though, as their president Greg Padgett said--referring to the larceny charges, "If anything, it's brought us closer together. We're going to move ahead and have a great time today [with Parker]."
So they had a party.
Parker's award ceremony kicked off with a rowdy parade featuring the star riding comfortably in a red convertible Corvette, waving to students who lined the streets to take a peek at her.
As the parade came to a close in front of the Pudding Building, the group moved inside and onstage. There club members began a grueling roast, making Parker dance to songs from her previous movies ("Footloose" and "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun") and sing "Tomorrow" from Annie (the play that started her career).
Eventually, Harvard's The Crimson reports, the 36-year-old actress claimed her "pudding pot" (the award she came for), pronouncing, "This is the highest honor in the land."
When Parker spoke to reporters after the event, a Harvard Public Affairs official was there to prevent questioning about the two Harvard seniors--Suzanne Pomey and Randy Gomes, both 21--who were charged with grand larceny Tuesday and released without bail.
People reports that both of the accused admitted to using club credit cards to transfer close to $100,000 to their personal bank accounts, despite pleading not guilty of the charges.