Helen Mirren Channels Miley Cyrus With Twerking at Harvard Roast (Video)

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Friday, 31 Jan 2014 02:08 PM

By Ken Mandel

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When it comes to twerking, Miley Cyrus has nothing on Dame Helen Mirren.

The 68-year-old actress performed the suggestive dance move with minimal prodding Thursday while being honored as "Woman of the Year" by Harvard University's famed drama troupe, Hasty Pudding Theatricals, People magazine reported.

Mirren, who won an Oscar for her portrayal of Queen Elizabeth II in 2006's "The Queen," rode in the back of a Bentley convertible and was flanked by cross-dressing Pudding pranksters in the Hasty's annual parade in Cambridge, Mass., as she flashed the queen's half-hearted wave. In addition to the parade, the honoree also received a ceremonial pudding pot, a toast, and a roast.

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The twerking came during the roast, where it was also mentioned that she has larger breasts than Dame Judy Dench. When asked to twerk, Mirren hesitated briefly, then said, "Oh, [expletive]," and gave the audience a show.

She told reporters afterward that it wasn't her first dance.

"I've tried in my bedroom in front of a mirror, quite unsuccessfully," she told The Boston Globe.

Mirren's acting career spans six decades and includes films like "Age of Consent," "Gosford Park," and "The Madness of King George."

Hasty Pudding Theatricals, the oldest undergraduate drama troupe in the U.S., annually honors performers who have made impressive contributions to entertainment. Previous "Woman of the Year" winners include Catherine Zeta-Jones, Halle Berry, Anne Hathaway, and Claire Danes.

"As someone who adores pudding in all its manifestations . . . suet, Christmas, treacle, bread-and-butter, Yorkshire, plum, figgy, etc., etc., I am so looking forward to the famous Hasty Pudding," Mirren said in a statement when she was announced as this year's winner earlier this month.

Emmy Award-winning actor Neil Patrick Harris will be honored next month as "Man of the Year," the title that Kiefer Sutherland won last year.

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