May the Force be with your marriage, George Lucas!
Just months after selling Lucasfilm Ltd. -- and the rights to his Star Wars legacy -- for $4.05 billion to the Walt Disney Company, the famed director, 68, is starting a new chapter in his life, with longtime girlfriend Mellody Hobson. The couple are engaged after seven years of dating, a Lucasfilm rep confirms to Us Weekly.
Hobson, 43, chairwoman for DreamWorks Animation and head of a Chicago-based investment management firm, has been a steady presence in Lucas' life, accompanying him on red carpets all over the world. The marriage will be her first and her fiancé's second. The "Star Wars" creator was married to Marcia Lucas from 1969 to 1983.
"For the past 35 years, one of my greatest pleasures has been to see Star Wars passed from one generation to the next," he said in a statement after the multibillion-dollar sale. "It’s now time for me to pass Star Wars on to a new generation of filmmakers. I've always believed that Star Wars could live beyond me, and I thought it was important to set up the transition during my lifetime."