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'Star Wars' creator George Lucas marries longtime friend

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
June 25th, 2013
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May the force be with them - legendary director George Lucas behind the "Star Wars" married longtime friend Mellody Hobson at his Skywalker Ranch north of San Francisco this weekend. It was the second marriage for the 69-year-old Lucas and the first for 44-year-old Hobson.

LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Hobson is president of Chicago-based Ariel Investments and sits on numerous corporate boards. Journalist Bill Moyers officiated, she said, and former New Jersey Sen. Bill Bradley walked Hobson down the aisle.

Actor and director Ron Howard said the wedding was a "joy to behold . Bill Moyers' service was beautiful," he wrote in a Twitter post, "nothing short of profound."

"The visionary 'Star Wars' filmmaker wed the Ariel Investments president before an intimate gathering," Huffington Post founder Arianna Huffington wrote.

The nuptials were attended by friends and family, including fellow filmmakers Steven Spielberg and Francis Ford Coppola. Van Morrison flew in to perform at the reception.
Even the evil Lord Vader, a dark presence in the original "Star Wars" trilogy revealed a lighter tone on a social media site.

"Congrats to George Lucas, who got married this weekend. May the Force be with your marriage," Tweeted one fan from Twitter account Darth Vader@Depressed Darth.
Lucas was previously married to film editor Marcia Griffin. He has three adopted children. His son Jett was his best man and his daughters, Katie and Amanda, served as bridesmaids, Huffington wrote.

Last October, the creator of the "Star Wars" and "Indiana Jones" franchises, sold his production company Lucasfilm Ltd. to Walt Disney Co for $4.05 billion.

Disney has since announced plans for three new "Star Wars" films for the big screen which will be made in Britain and a new animated series to air on television in 2014.
 
A cultural phenomenon, "Star Wars" characters such as Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia and Darth Vader, and phrases like "May the force be with you" has become a permanent part of the current cultural landscape.

The original six-film franchise has grossed more than $4.4 billion at the worldwide box office.

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