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'E.T.,' 'Jaws,' 'Star Wars' composer John Williams honored at American Film Institute

'E.T.,' 'Jaws,' 'Star Wars' composer John Williams honored at American Film Institute

When John Williams, composer of such classic movie scores as “E.T.,” “Indiana Jones” and “Superman,” accepted the American Film Institute’s Life Achievement Award on Thursday night, he confessed a slight misunderstanding on one of his signature films, “Star Wars.”

“For the first film I wrote a quite heated love theme, with a melody … and a torrid climax, thinking that Luke and Leia were lovers,” Williams said, during a witty and self-effacing speech from the stage at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood. “I found out two years later that they were brother and sister.”

Despite the minor mixup,...

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