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Lucas wrote and directed the Star Wars movies, and produced the Indiana Jones films, among many others.

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“By combining the art of storytelling with boundless imagination and cutting-edge techniques, Mr. Lucas has transported us to new worlds and created some of the most beloved and iconic films of all time,” the White House said in a statement.

Lucas is one of 12 artists, authors and musicians who will be presented with the award at a ceremony in the East Room.

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