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Hasty Pudding honors Foster

Actress Jodie Foster brandished a ceremonial brass pot Tuesday as Harvard University's Hasty Pudding theater group honored her as its 1992 Woman of the Year.

Foster also paraded through Harvard Square in an open 1950s-era Lincoln surrounded by male students in drag.

Members of the Hasty Pudding Theatricals will toast actor Michael Douglas, named this year's Man of the Year, in a ceremony next week.

Hasty Pudding, the nation's oldest undergraduate drama group, said in a statement that Foster was being honored for confronting important social issues.

"I feel a responsibility to create human characters for women," said Foster, 29. "Most of the scripts that you read, it's amazing how inhuman and object-like women's roles are.

"Feminism is the best form of humanism that I know."

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