One of the most popular and commercially successful film directors in the world is George Lucas. Here’s a list of entertaining and interesting facts about this man of exceptional talent.
1.) George Lucas is an American motion-picture director, screenwriter and producer.
2.) He is the guiding force behind the Star Wars movie series.
3.) Lucas was born in Modesto, California, USA in 1944.
4.) He was educated at Modesto Junior College and the University of Southern California and graduated in 1966.
5.) Lucas’ career began with his prizewinning student film THX-1138 in 1965. This is a science-fiction story that he reworked as his feature-directing debut in 1971.
6.) He made American Graffiti in 1973 with the help of American film producer Francis Ford Coppola.
7.) His next film was Star Wars (A New Hope, 1977). This film revolutionized the commercial film industry.
8.) He served as executive producer for the Star Wars sequels The Empire Strikes Back (1980) and Return of the Jedi (1983), as well as for the fantasy Willow (1988).
9.) He is also the executive producer of the popular Indiana Jones movie series directed by Steven Spielberg: Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981), Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984), and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989).
10.) Lucas also created and produced films and series for television, including the series The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles (1992-1994).
11.) He continued the story of Willow in a fantasy novel Shadow Moon (1995), the first installment of the Chronicles of the Shadow War trilogy that also included Shadow Dawn (1997) and Shadow Star (1999).
12.) In 1996, he formed Lucas Learning Ltd., a multimedia publishing company making educational products.
13.) In 1997, Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back, and Return of the Jedi were rereleased. The new versions featured new, digitally enhanced special effects and scenes.
14.) In 1999, Lucas released The Phantom Menace, the first prequel to the Star Wars movies.
15.) In 2002, he released the second episode, Attack of the Clones.
16.) The third, Revenge of the Sith was released in 2005 – the final Star Wars feature film according to Lucas.
17.) These prequels tell the story of Anakin Skywalker, Luke Skywalker’s father.
18.) Altogether, the Star Wars films have grossed billions of dollars.
19.) Numerous television series, books and other related ventures were planned about Star Wars.
20.) George Lucas had an estimated net worth of $3.2 billion as of 2011.
21.) In 1969, he married Marcia Lou Griffin, a film editor. They adopted a daughter named Amanda in 1981. They divorced in 1983.
22.) Lucas had no child of his own. He also adopted Katie, born in 1988 and Jett, born in 1993.
23.) All his three children appeared in the Star Wars prequels.
24.) Lucas had been in a long relationship with and engaged to singer Linda Ronstadt.
25.) He is currently in a relationship with Mellody Hobson. He has been dating Mellody Hobson, president of Ariel Investments, since 2006.
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