Catherine Zeta Jones was honoured with the coveted Hasty Pudding Woman of the Year award surrounded by actors dressed in drag.
Zeta Jones was honoured at Harvard University
But a street parade had to be cancelled because of rain, denying the audience a chance to see Zeta Jones dressed up in drag, as is tradition at the event.
The actress was honoured by the Hasty Pudding troupe for her contribution to the entertainment industry.
During the event Zeta Jones sang a song from Chicago, making up her own words.
Zeta Jones, won a best supporting actress Oscar for her turn in the musical movie, poked fun at herself and her career.
She sang: "Give me four more Oscars or I'll make The Haunting 2. When you're good to Catherine, Catherine's good to you."
Each year the Hasty Pudding troupe elect a man and woman of the year to receive their honour, with Tim Robbins this year's male recipient.
Zeta Jones took to the stage at Harvard University in Massachusetts to thank the hosts for her award, comparing it to "the 10 hours I laboured to give birth to my children".
Her husband Michael Douglas was in the audience to watch the festivities, having won the award himself in 1992.
Although the parade was cancelled, Zeta Jones did pose outside with a large group of ostentatiously dressed actors.
Robbins will be crowned Hasty Pudding Man of the Year on 17 February.