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A Brief History of Marcia Lucas’ Role in the Star Wars Universe

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Marcia Lucas is responsible for some of the original ‘Star Wars’ trilogy’s most iconic moments. She also hates the latest films.


By Will DiGravio · Published on September 24th, 2021

Brief History is a column that tells you all you need to know about your favorite — and not so favorite — pop culture topics. This edition looks at the crucial role played by Marcia Lucas in the original Star Wars trilogy and her public criticisms of the franchise’s latest films.

You can’t tell the history of Star Wars, or 20th-century American film for that matter, without talking about Marcia Lucas.

Known for her work as an editor, Marcia’s filmography includes classics of New Hollywood like The Candidate (1972), Francis Ford Coppola’s The Rain People (1969), and a trio of Martin Scorsese films: Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore (1974), Taxi Driver (1976), and New York, New York (1977).

But Marcia is perhaps best known for her collaboration with ex-husband George Lucas on American Graffiti (1973) and the original Star Wars trilogy. Her influence on the films was so significant that earlier this year, SFGate referred to Marcia as the franchise’s “secret weapon.

And this very month, Marcia made headlines after a series of critical comments about the prequels and sequels to the original films were published in the new book, Howard Kazanjian: A Producer’s Life. Kazanjian served as a producer on all but the first of the original Star Wars films.

In the wake of those headlines, here is a brief history of Marcia’s role in the original trilogy and her reactions to the latest films in the Star Wars franchise.


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