From winning awards for her costume design, Seasoned Hollywood costume designer Ruth E. Carter; has yet again written her name in the history books as she recently earned a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame; making her the first Black woman in her profession to have her name immortalized on the sidewalks of Hollywood Boulevard.
The event was held virtually on Thursday and featured Oprah Winfrey and Eddie Murphy as guest speakers. With a career spanning over four decades, Carter has worked with some of Hollywood’s A-list directors including long-time collaborator Spike Lee, Steven Spielberg, John Singleton and Ryan Coogler. Some of her notable projects include; Do the Right Thing, Amistad, Malcolm X, Black Panther and yet-to-be-released Coming 2 America.
Ruth didn’t mince words commenting on her Recognition as she said; “Nothing was handed to me. Every moment, every sacrifice, every effort was hard work, inspired by my passion,” Carter said, according to ABC7.
Carter got her start when she met Spike Lee at the Los Angeles Theater Center in 1986; who hired her for his second film “School Daze.” She has since collaborated with him on several other projects.
She started her career in her Massachusetts hometown of Springfield as an intern before working with the Santa Fe Opera. In 1986, she moved from Santa Fe to Los Angeles where she worked at the Los Angeles Theater Center until Spike Lee noticed her talent.