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84.George Lucas: The Man Behind Star Wars
George Lucas is an American screenwriter, producer, and
, who is known mostly for his popular Star
series of movies. He is a California native
graduated from the University of Southern California, where
learned how to create films. His interest in
effects, and science fiction were the driving force
the Star Wars franchise, which he launched in
. Star Wars has become one of the largest
most successful film franchises in the history of
Born in Modesto, California on May 14, 1944,
developed an early passion for fast cars racing.
moving on to the film school at USC,
raced cars throughout the central California region he
up in. At USC, Lucas was fascinated by
filmmaking process. In 1967, one of his films
a national student film festival contest. That film
released years later as THX 1138, which won
Although Lucas is forever tied to his
Wars series of films, he has been involved
several Hollywood blockbusters, including American Graffiti, and the
Jones movies. He earned critical acclaim for these
as well. Star Wars, however, is his legacy.
the original film was first shown in 1977,
were captivated by it. The film depicts a
universe where good battles evil with good coming
on top. Americans wanted more, and Lucas was
to accommodate them. His sequels The Empire Strikes
, and Return of the Jedi, became two of
most anticipated films in recent history and both
very well at the box office.
gave the American movie-going public what they wanted
- more Star Wars. The Phantom Menace was
first of the next three films, and continued
legacy of the film franchise of Lucas.