11 Facts About George Lucas

1. In July 2013, George Lucas was awarded the National Medal of Arts by President Barack Obama for his contributions to American cinema.

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2. In 1969, George Lucas married film editor Marcia Lou Griffin, who went on to win an Academy Award for her editing work on the original Star Wars film.

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3. On January 17, 2017, George Lucas announced that the museum will be constructed in Exposition Park, Los Angeles California.

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4. On June 24, 2016, George Lucas announced that he was abandoning his plans to locate the museum in Chicago, due to a lawsuit by a local preservation group, Friends of the Parks, and would instead build the museum in California.

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5. On June 24, 2008, George Lucas testified before the United States House of Representatives subcommittee on Telecommunications and the Internet as the head of his Foundation to advocate for a free wireless broadband educational network.

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6. In October 2016, George Lucas announced his decision to not be involved in the story of the film, but would remain an executive producer.

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7. In January 2012, George Lucas announced his retirement from producing large blockbuster films and instead re-focusing his career on smaller, independently budgeted features.

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8. From 2003 to 2005, George Lucas served as an executive producer on Star Wars: Clone Wars, an animated microseries on Cartoon Network created by Genndy Tartakovsky, that bridged the events between Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith.

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9. In 1994, George Lucas began work on the screenplay of the first prequel, tentatively titled Episode I: The Beginning.

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10. In 1969, George Lucas was one of the camera operators on the classic Rolling Stones concert film Gimme Shelter.

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11. In 1997, George Lucas rereleased the Star Wars trilogy as part of a Special Edition, featuring several alterations; home media versions with further changes were released in 2004 and 2011.

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