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Marcia Lucas

Marcia Lucas
BornMarcia Lou Griffin
(1945-10-04) October 4, 1945 (age 73)
Modesto, California, U.S.
Other namesMarcia Lucas Rodrigues
OccupationFilm editor
Years active1968–1983
Known forStar Wars
George Lucas
(m. 1969; div. 1983)

Tom Rodrigues
(m. 1983; div. 1993)
Children2, including Amanda Lucas

Marcia Lou Lucas (née Griffin; born October 4, 1945)[1] is an Oscar-winning American film editor who was most well known for her work on the early 1970s films of Martin Scorsese. Lucas won the Academy Award for Best Film Editing in 1977 for Star Wars, which was written and directed by her first husband, George Lucas.[2][3]

Early life

Lucas was born in Modesto, California, but grew up in North Hollywood, California.[4]:237


Lucas began working as an editor in 1964, mostly as an assistant editor on commercials, eventually working her way up to assistant editor to renowned editor Walter Murch.[2]

In 1974, Lucas and Verna Fields were nominated for the Academy Award for Best Film Editing for their work on American Graffiti, which was directed by George Lucas. In 1975, she edited the Martin Scorsese film, Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore and was supervising film editor on Scorsese's 1976 film, Taxi Driver. She received a nomination for the BAFTA Award for Best Editing with Tom Rolf and Melvin Shapiro for her work on Taxi Driver.

Lucas won the 1977 Academy Award for Best Film Editing with Richard Chew and Paul Hirsch for her work editing Star Wars. She was a supervising editor on Martin Scorsese's 1977 film, New York, New York. Her last editing credit was as one of the three editors of the third film in the original Star Wars trilogy Return of the Jedi, directed by Richard Marquand and released in 1983. Lucas' last film credit was as producer of 1996's No Easy Way.

Lucas was interviewed in Peter Biskind's book, Easy Riders, Raging Bulls: How the Sex, Drugs and Rock 'N' Roll Generation Saved Hollywood.[when?]

In an interview with Mark Hamill, Hamill cited Lucas for her contributions to Star Wars.[5] In Mythmaker: The Life and Work of George Lucas, filmmaker John Milius described Lucas' contributions to Milius' own films and those of George Lucas, Steven Spielberg, and Martin Scorsese, calling her one of the best editors he knew.[2]:38–39

Personal life

She met George Lucas while he was attending film school at the University of Southern California, and they were married from 1969 to 1983. They adopted one daughter, Amanda Lucas, who was born in 1981.

Marcia later married Tom Rodrigues, a stained glass artist who worked as a production manager at Skywalker Ranch from 1980 to 1983. In 1985, the couple had a daughter, Amy Rodrigues.[6] Lucas and Rodrigues divorced in 1993.[2]



Year Film Role Director Notes
1968 Filmmaker Uncredited editor George Lucas Documentary short
The New Cinema Assistant editor Gary Young TV Movie documentary
1969 The Rain People Assistant editor Fransis Ford Coppola Theatrical films
Medium Cool Assistant editor Haskell Wexler
1971 THX 1138 Assistant editor George Lucas
1972 The Candidate Assistant editor Michael Ritchie
1973 American Graffiti Editor George Lucas
1974 Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore Editor Martin Scorsese
1976 Taxi Driver Supervising film editor Martin Scorsese
1977 New York, New York Supervising film editor Martin Scorsese
Star Wars Editor George Lucas
1979 More American Graffiti Uncredited editor Bill L. Norton
1980 The Empire Strikes Back Uncredited editor Irvin Kersher
1983 Return of the Jedi Editor Richard Marquand
1996 No Easy Way Executive producer Jeffrey Fine
1998 A Good Son Producer Robert Little Short

Special thanks credit for

  • More American Graffiti (1979)
  • The Making of 'Raiders of the Lost Ark' (1981, TV Movie documentary)
  • Twice Upon a Time (1983, ''extra special thanks'')
  • A Good Son (1998, short; ''made possible by a grant from'')


  1. ^ "Marcia Lou Griffin - California Birth Index". FamilySearch. Retrieved 28 December 2015.
  2. ^ a b c d Kaminski, Michael (6 January 2010). "In Tribute to Marcia Griffin". The Secret History of Star Wars. Archived from the original on 31 January 2010. Retrieved 28 December 2015.
  3. ^ Chung, Frank (17 December 2015). "The 'secret weapon' behind Star Wars". Retrieved 28 December 2015.
  4. ^ Biskind, Peter (1998). Easy Riders, Raging Bulls: How the Sex-Drugs-and-Rock-'n'-Roll Generation Saved Hollywood. New York, NY: Simon & Schuster. ISBN 978-0-684-80996-0. OCLC 38389788. Retrieved 28 December 2015.
  5. ^ Chaw, Walter (19 March 2013). "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Toshi's Station: FFC Interviews Mark Hamill". Film Freak Central. Retrieved 28 December 2015.
  6. ^ Sparks, Steve (24 January 2011). "Tom Rodrigues". Lives and Times of Anderson Valley Folks. Retrieved 28 December 2015.
  7. ^ Fawcett, Farrah; Mastroianni, Marcello; Hirsch, Paul; Lucas, Marcia; Chew, Richard (3 April 1978). "Star Wars Wins Film Editing: 1978 Oscars". Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Retrieved 28 December 2015.

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