Q: Can you tell me anything about the black woman I’ve seen recently on CBS’ “Sunday Morning”? Did I hear correctly that she is married to George Lucas of “Star Wars” fame?
L.J., of Collinsville
A: The current events force with you strong it is. (If only Yoda to speak correctly George could have taught.)
Named one of the world’s 100 most influential people by Time Magazine in 2015, Mellody Hobson is a Chicago native who used her Princeton B.A. as the springboard to becoming an economics whiz and corporate mogul. Today, Hobson, who turned 48 last month, is president of Ariel Investments and chairs the board of directors of DreamWorks Animation while also serving as a money guru at CBS. She also is on the boards of such organizations as the Chicago Public Education Fund, the Sundance Institute and, of course, the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art now under development, most recently in Los Angeles.
According to past gossip items, Hobson began dating Lucas in 2006 after meeting at a business conference. They became engaged in January 2013 and, on Lucas’ Skywalker Ranch, they tied the knot on June 22, 2013, 30 years after Lucas’ first marriage had ended in divorce. They have one daughter together, Everest, who was born Aug. 9, 2013, through surrogacy, and she is a little sister to Lucas’ three adult adopted children. So, today, the couple will celebrate Mother’s Day — and Lucas’ 73rd birthday.
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Answer to Saturday’s trivia: If you’re of a certain age (like me), actor William Bendix will immediately come to mind if someone mentions “The Life of Riley.” After all, he started playing Chester Riley on the radio version in 1944. But he wasn’t the star when the show premiered Oct. 4, 1949, on NBC-TV. Because Bendix’s RKO contract would not permit him to do both radio and TV, Jackie Gleason played Riley during the show’s first run, which lasted only a season. Bendix came aboard for the show’s second run from Jan. 2, 1953 to May 23, 1958.