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'Star Wars: Episode VII' begins filming

'Star Wars: Episode VII' begins filming

LOS ANGELES, April 7 (UPI) -- Production on "Star Wars: Episode VII" began last week, and the cast is almost completely assembled.
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Steven Spielberg won $40 million in a 'Star Wars' bet with George Lucas

Steven Spielberg won $40 million in a 'Star Wars' bet with George Lucas

March 31 (UPI) -- George Lucas made a 1977 bet with Steven Spielberg that has cost him $40 million over the last several decades.
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Lupita Nyong'o reportedly in talks for 'Star Wars' lead

Lupita Nyong'o reportedly in talks for 'Star Wars' lead

March 16 (UPI) -- Oscar winner Lupita Nyong'o has supposedly met with "Episode VII" director J.J. Abrams.
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Steven Spielberg tops Oprah on Forbes' influential celebrities list

Steven Spielberg tops Oprah on Forbes' influential celebrities list

Jan. 15 (UPI) -- Spielberg, Oprah Winfrey and George Lucas topped the magazine's annual list of influential celebrities.
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Chewbacca actor tweets retro collection of behind-the-scenes 'Star Wars' photos

Chewbacca actor tweets retro collection of behind-the-scenes 'Star Wars' photos

Jan. 12 (UPI) -- Peter Mayhew surprised "Star Wars" fans with a huge collection of vintage set photos.
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A.C. Crispin, science fiction and fantasy author, dies in Maryland

WALDORF, Md., Sept. 8 (UPI) -- A.C. Crispin, who wrote tie-in novels for the "Star Wars" franchise and a "Pirates of the Caribbean" prequel, has died in Maryland, her family said. She was 63.

Fire damages building at George Lucas's San Francisco Bay Area ranch

NICASIO, Calif., Sept. 4 (UPI) -- A fire in a warehouse building at filmmaker George Lucas's Skywalker Ranch near San Francisco took more than an hour to extinguish early Tuesday, officials say.

'Star Wars' cinematographer Gilbert Taylor dies at 99

ISLE OF WIGHT, England, Aug. 24 (UPI) -- Gilbert Taylor, the cinematographer who shot the original "Star Wars" film, died at his home on Britain's Isle of Wight, his wife said. He was 99.

Linda Ronstadt says she is fighting Parkinson's, unable to sing

SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 24 (UPI) -- Linda Ronstadt, the U.S. pop star who won Grammys from the 1970s through the '90s, says she now has Parkinson's disease that has left her unable to sing.
George Lucas and Mellody Hobson welcome a daughter

George Lucas and Mellody Hobson welcome a daughter

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 12 (UPI) -- U.S. filmmaker George Lucas and his wife, DreamWorks Animation Chairwoman Mellody Hobson, have become the parents of a daughter born via surrogate.
Obama honors 24, including George Lucas, at White House

Obama honors 24, including George Lucas, at White House

WASHINGTON, July 10 (UPI) -- U.S. President Obama presented the National Medal of Arts and National Humanities Medal to 24 recipients, including filmmaker George Lucas, at the White House.

George Lucas celebrates wedding to Mellody Hobson in Chicago

CHICAGO, June 30 (UPI) -- Droves of Hollywood stars and key political players descended upon Promontory Point in Chicago to celebrate the wedding of George Lucas to Mellody Hobson.

George Lucas and Mellody Hobson plan Chicago wedding reception

CHICAGO, June 28 (UPI) -- The Chicago Park District says it will close Promontory Point Saturday so George Lucas and his new bride Mellody Hobson can enjoy a lavish wedding reception.
George Lucas marries Mellody Hobson

George Lucas marries Mellody Hobson

LOS ANGELES, June 24 (UPI) -- Hollywood filmmaker George Lucas has married businesswoman Mellody Hobson, Lucas' friends Ron Howard and Samuel L. Jackson said via Twitter.
George Lucas wins Daytime Emmy Award

George Lucas wins Daytime Emmy Award

LOS ANGELES, June 16 (UPI) -- Writer-director-producer George Lucas won a Daytime Emmy Award in Los Angeles Sunday night for his animated series "Star Wars: The Clone Wars."
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George Walton Lucas, Jr. (born May 14, 1944) is an American film producer, screenwriter, and director, and the founder, chairman and chief executive of Lucasfilm. He is best known as the creator of the space opera franchise Star Wars and the archaeologist-adventurer character Indiana Jones. Lucas is one of the American film industry's most financially successful directors/producers, with an estimated net worth of $3.2 billion as of 2011.

George Lucas was born in Modesto, California, the son of Dorothy Ellinore (née Bomberger) and George Walton Lucas, Sr. (1913–1991), who owned a stationery store.

Lucas grew up in the Central Valley town of Modesto and his early passion for cars and motor racing would eventually serve as inspiration for his USC student film 1:42.08, as well as his Oscar-nominated low-budget phenomenon, American Graffiti. Long before Lucas became obsessed with film making, he wanted to be a race-car driver, and he spent most of his high school years racing on the underground circuit at fairgrounds and hanging out at garages. However, a near-fatal accident in his souped-up Autobianchi Bianchina on June 12, 1962, just days before his high school graduation, quickly changed his mind. Instead of racing, he attended Modesto Junior College and later got accepted into a junior college to study anthropology. While taking liberal arts courses, he developed a passion for cinematography and camera tricks. George Lucas graduated from USC in California.

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