Carol Wikarska Titelman, director of publications during the early days of Lucasfilm, died on Dec. 7 in her New York apartment. She was 73.
Titelman died following complications with Alzheimer’s disease, according to a statement released on her behalf.
Titelman began her career at Lucasfilm answering phones in the months before “Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope’s” release. She rose to head three key departments — art, publishing and creative services, including all photography and negotiations of book deals — in support of George Lucas’ original trilogy. In the late ’70s, she aided the creation of art-focused books, particularly with editorial work on “The Art of Star Wars.”
Jan 14, 1997 – The Art of Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope is reissued, with updated artwork from the Special Editions. The book had originally been released in 1979, and republished in 1994.#StarWars pic.twitter.com/xaThgbIdsa
— Less Than 12 Parsecs (@TwelveParPod) January 14, 2018
Titelman’s most ambitious project, “The Art of Star Wars” was designed by Mike Salisbury and published by Ballantine in late 1979. The art book — which included the original “New Hope” script illustrated by Ralph McQuarrie — has since been reprinted in many formats and multiple languages, including the 1994 and 1997 expanded and special edition issues.
Titelman left Lucasfilm after Lucas decided to move the company to Northern California.
Titelman was born in Buffalo, N.Y., in 1946. She graduated from UC Berkeley and became involved in the creative community of the Bay Area. Her circle included poet Michael Davidson, filmmaker Tom Luddy, performance artist Carolee Schneemann and Rolling Stone writer Jonathan Cott.
She is survived by her husband, Russ Titelman.