Ruth E. Carter
HOLLYWOOD CHAMBER OF COMMERCE TO HONOR HISTORY MAKING COSTUME DESIGNER RUTH E. CARTER ON THE HOLLYWOOD WALK OF FAME
Carter is the Second Costume Designer to be Honored with a Star Following Edith Head Who was Honored in 1960 When the Walk of Fame Was Created
WHO: Honoree: Ruth E. Carter
Emcee: Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, President/CEO Rana Ghadban
Guest Speakers: Oprah Winfrey and Eddie Murphy
WHAT: Dedication of the 2,694th Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the Category of Motion Pictures
WHERE: Although the ceremony will be virtual the star will be in place at 6800 Hollywood Boulevard
WHEN: Ceremony will be held on Thursday, February 25, 2021 at 11:30 AM
The event will be streamed exclusively on all of the Chamber’s social media platform including www.walkoffame.com
The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce is proud to present Ruth E. Carter with the 2,694th star in a virtual star ceremony. The ceremony will be dedicated in the category of Motion Pictures, and will take place on February 25, at 11:30 AM. The event will stream live exclusively on the Walk of Fame social media and at www.walkoffame.com.
Joining Emcee Rana Ghadban, President & CEO of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce to unveil the star will be guest speakers Oprah Winfrey and Eddie Murphy.
Ruth E. Carter began her career working as an intern in her hometown of Springfield, Massachusetts and at the Santa Fe Opera. She moved to Los Angeles in 1986. While working at the Los Angeles Theater Center, Carter met director Spike Lee, who hired her for his second film, ‘SCHOOL DAZE”, and with whom she worked on a number of films thereafter, including “DO THE RIGHT THING,” “MO’ BETTER BLUES,” “JUNGLE FEVER” and “MALCOLM X”. Carter has continued to work on films for Spike Lee, including “OLDBOY,” “ DA SWEET BLOOD OF JESUS.”
Stay tuned to see her work in the upcoming “COMING 2 AMERICA,” a sequel to the 1988 classic “COMING TO AMERICA” starring Eddie Murphy and directed by Craig Brewer which will be released globally on March 5th exclusively on Amazon Prime Video.
In addition to designing costumes for the films of Spike Lee, Carter has worked with legendary directors such as Steven Spielberg and John Singleton, and has dressed actors from Denzel Washington to Josh Brolin, and actresses from Angela Bassett to Oprah.
Ruth E. Carter is the 2019 Academy Award winner for Achievement in Costume Design for Marvel’s “BLACK PANTHER” making history as the first African-American to win in the category. Carter wows audiences and dazzles critics alike with costumes inspired by traditional African tribal wear merged with a contemporary look delivering fashion and function, incorporating technology, and creating such authenticity, ownership, and empowerment for the characters and viewers; cementing her as one of the preeminent voices and experts on Afrofuturism.
A career spanning more than three decades in theater, cinema, and television, Carter’s depth of artistry flowing together with her creative instincts, passion for culture and history, empathy for people, enormous capacity for research, eye for detail, and ability to deliver the director’s vision while infusing her art makes her one of the most sought after and renowned costume designers in the world; earning her over forty film credits including two additional Academy Award nominations for “MALCOLM X” (1993) and “AMISTAD” (1998) and an Emmy nomination for the reboot of television mini-series “ROOTS” (2016).
Carter has collaborated with a myriad of directors and visionaries. She joined forces with Robert Townsend making the iconic “FIVE HEARTBEATS,” with Keenan Ivory Wayans in “I’M GONNA GET YOU SUCKA,” and gritty “BABY BOY” and “ROSEWOOD” with the late John Singleton. Carter also created the costumes and look for the pilot episode of Larry David’s “Seinfeld.”
Her breadth of knowledge in African-American history and art was sought after by Steven Spielberg and Debbie Allen for the incredible “AMISTAD.” Carter continued to present outstanding work for period ensemble films in Lee Daniels’ “THE BUTLER,” Ava Duvernay’s “SELMA” and Reginald Hudlin’s “MARSHALL.” Carter also completed work on the first season of “YELLOWSTONE,” a television series starring Kevin Costner and directed by Taylor Sheridan.
Carter’s brilliant and bold 1970s urban dandy costume design work was recently seen in the Netflix film, “DOLEMITE IS MY NAME” starring Eddie Murphy and directed by Craig Brewer for which Carter won the 2020 Critics’ Choice Award for Best Costume Design. She can also be seen in Netflix’s Original Documentary “ABSTRACT” Season 2.
Carter has now forayed into consumer fashion with a Conscious Collection collaboration with H&M featuring Carter’s 90’s street inspired look from early films. Carter’s costumes tell stories so intriguing and memorable they influence music, fashion, culture, and film-making and help us to understand ourselves better. Sixty-one years after Edith Head was honored as the first costume designer to receive this prestigious award, Ruth E. Carter paves history as only the second recipient in the costume design category and the first African-American to be given this honor.
Audiences will soon be rewarded with a rich and extensive palette of Carter’s work showcased in the upcoming sequel “COMING 2 AMERICA” directed by Craig Brewer starring Eddie Murphy, Arsenio Hall, Jermaine Fowler, Leslie Jones, Wesley Snipes, and Tracy Morgan. “COMING 2 AMERICA” will debut globally on Amazon Prime Video on March 5th.
Academy Award Achievement in Costume Design “BLACK PANTHER”
Academy Award Nomination “MALCOM X”
Academy Award Nomination “AMISTAD”
Costume Designers Guild “Career Achievement Award”
Costume Designers Guild “Excellence in Sci-fi/Fantasy Film “BLACK PANTHER”
Critics Choice Award for “Best Costume Design” for “BLACK PANTHER”
Critics Choice Award for “Best Costume Design” for “DOLEMITE IS MY NAME”
Emmy Nomination “ROOTS”
Hollywood Critics’ Association – Artisans Achievement Award
Wall Street Journal INNOVATOR
Honorary Doctorate – Suffolk University, Boston, MA.
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