The Woman Behind Star Wars
Today is Star Wars Day (May the 4th be with you), providing Charlie Jane Anders to tell the story of Leigh Brackett, a 1940s science fiction novelist, mentor to Ray Bradbury, and screenwriter of the first draft of “The Empire Strikes Back.” She died of cancer before shooting started and George Lucas made some rather major changes. But she’s an interesting character and the feature is well worth a read.
Interestingly, Brackett also co-wrote the screenplay for “Rio Bravo,” one of my favorite John Wayne movies. (Also, “El Dorado,” which is essentially the same movie.)