George Lucas, Star Wars Creator, Engaged to Mellody Hobson!

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George Lucas, Star Wars Creator, Engaged to Mellody Hobson!
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George Lucas, Star Wars Creator, Engaged to Mellody Hobson!

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.

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Hobson, 43 -- chairman 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 fiance's second; the Star Wars creator was previously married to Marcia Lucas, from 1969 to 1983.

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There's no word yet on when the two plan to tie the knot, but with Lucasfilm out of his hands, the groom-to-be has more time now to help plan a wedding.

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"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."

This article originally appeared on Usmagazine.com: George Lucas, Star Wars Creator, Engaged to Mellody Hobson!

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