|Born||Marcia Lou Griffin
October 4, 1945
|Other names||Marcia Lucas Rodrigues|
|Known for||Star Wars|
|Spouse(s)||George Lucas (m. 1969–83)
Tom Rodrigues (m. 1983–93)
|Children||2, including Amanda Lucas|
Marcia Lou Lucas (née Griffin; born October 4, 1945) is an Academy Award-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 Editing in 1977 for Star Wars, which was written and directed by her first husband, George Lucas.
In 1974, Lucas and Verna Fields were nominated for the Academy Award for 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 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.
In an interview with Mark Hamill, Hamill cited Lucas for her contributions to Star Wars. 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.:38–39
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. Lucas and Rodrigues divorced in 1993.
- 1973: Academy Award for Best Film Editing (nomination), American Graffiti with Verna Fields
- 1976: BAFTA Award for Best Editing (nomination), Taxi Driver with Tom Rolf and Melvin Shapiro
- 1977: Academy Award for Best Film Editing, Star Wars with Paul Hirsch and Richard Chew
- 1977: Saturn Award for Best Editing, Star Wars with Paul Hirsch and Richard Chew
- 1968: Filmmaker (Documentary short)
- 1968: The New Cinema (TV Movie documentary) – Assistant editor
- 1969: The Rain People – Assistant editor (credited as Marcia Griffin)
- 1969: Medium Cool – Assistant editor
- 1971: THX 1138 – Assistant editor
- 1972: The Candidate – Assistant editor
- 1973: American Graffiti – Editor
- 1974: Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore – Editor
- 1976: Taxi Driver – Supervising film editor
- 1977: New York, New York – Supervising film editor
- 1977: Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope aka Star Wars – Film editor
- 1979: More American Graffiti – Editor (uncredited)
- 1980: Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back – Editor (uncredited)
- 1983: Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi – Editor
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- 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.
- 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.
- Sparks, Steve (24 January 2011). "Tom Rodrigues". Lives and Times of Anderson Valley Folks. Retrieved 28 December 2015.
- 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.
- Biskind, Peter. Easy Riders, Raging Bulls: How the Sex-Drugs-and Rock 'n Roll Generation Saved Hollywood. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2014. ISBN 978-0-684-80996-0 OCLC 38389788
- Kaminski, Michael. The Secret History of Star Wars: The Art of Storytelling and the Making of a Modern Epic. Kingston, Ont: Legacy Books Press, 2008. ISBN 978-0-978-46523-0 OCLC 313441965 - Excerpt of first 100 pages
- Pollock, Dale. Skywalking: The Life and Films of George Lucas. New York: Da Capo Press, 1999. ISBN 978-0-306-80904-0 OCLC 237354028