On Nov. 14 the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce announced that seven-time Oscar-winning make-up artist Rick Baker will receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Nov. 30, 2012 at 11:30 a.m. The ceremony will take place in front of The Guinness World Records Museum (6764 Hollywood Boulevard).
During the ceremony, Baker will also be entered into The Guinness World Records book twice: for the most Oscar wins and for the most Oscar nominations for Best Achievement in Makeup. He has received twelve Oscar nominations and won seven times: An American Werewolf in London (1982), Harry and the Hendersons (1988), Ed Wood (1995), The Nutty Professor (1997), Men in Black (1998), How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2001) and The Wolfman (2011).
“We are proud to honor those who have successfully helped make Hollywood what it is today with their talent and magical creations that fans have enjoyed since the beginning of the motion picture industry. Rick Baker is a revered artist who we are proud to say started his extraordinary career in California, home of the movies,” said Ana Martinez, producer of the Walk of Fame ceremonies, in a press release.
As we reported in Issue 97 of Make-Up Artist magazine, Baker and his fellow star honorees were chosen from among hundreds of nominations at a meeting held on June 15, 2012, and ratified by the Hollywood Chamber’s Board of Directors.
In that article, Baker said, “I was totally shocked to find out that I was getting a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.” Baker said his wife, Silvia, had been working for years to get him a star and finally succeeded, with help from industry friends.
“I was 13 when I first went to Hollywood to the Max Factor building to buy my first professional make-up. I looked for the longest time at those stars, trying to find a make-up artist and couldn’t, because at that time there weren’t any. Now there are a few, and I can’t believe that I am going to be one of them.”
Director Barry Sonnenfeld will be the guest speaker for the Hollywood Walk of Fame ceremony; he worked with Baker on all three Men in Black films. The event will be streamed live on walkoffame.com.
Return to makeupmag.com for complete coverage. Follow this link for our coverage of Baker, including his work on the Men in Black series, The Wolfman, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Enchanted, Star Wars, The Nutty Professor and more.