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George Lucas is a newlywed.
The Star Wars mastermind wed his longtime girlfriend, Mellody Hobson, at Skywalker Ranch in Marin County on Saturday afternoon. Former New Jersey Sen. Bill Bradley, a longtime friend of Hobson’s, gave away the bride. Lucas’ son Jett served as best man, while Lucas’ daughters Amanda and Katie served as bridesmaids, according to a spokesperson for the director.
Ron Howard, who was among the close family and friends who attended, tweeted Sunday night: “George Lucas Melody [sic] Hobson wedding was joy to behold Bill Moyers service was beautiful, nothing short of profound. Congrats Mr&Mrs Lucas.”
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Moyers, the longtime PBS journalist, officiated; Van Morrison and Janelle Monae both performed at the reception; director Steven Spielberg invoked the Force in the groom’s toast; and director Francis Ford Coppola read a poem by Maya Angelou. DreamWorks Animation’s Jeffrey Katzenberg also attended.
Lucas became engaged to Hobson, the chair of DreamWorks Animation and head of the Chicago-based investment management firm Ariel Investments and chairman of Ariel Mutual Funds, in January. Hobson is also a director of The Estee Lauder Companies, Groupon and Starbucks Corp. She serves as a regular contributor to CBS, offering commentary on finance.
In late 2012, Lucas made headlines for selling Lucasfilm to Disney for $4.05 billion.
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This is the first marriage for Hobson, 43, and the second for Lucas, 68.
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