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Role  Screenwriter
Name  Melissa Mathison
Years active  1979–2015
Occupation  Screenwriter

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Full Name  Melissa Marie Mathison
Born  June 3, 1950 (1950-06-03) Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Died  November 4, 2015, Los Angeles, California, United States
Spouse  Harrison Ford (m. 1983–2004)
Children  Georgia Ford, Malcolm Ford
Books  E.T. l'extra-terrestre, E.T., the Extra-terrestrial: The Movie
Movies  ET the Extra‑Terrestrial, Kundun, The Black Stallion, Twilight Zone: The Movie, The Indian in the Cupboard
Similar People  Harrison Ford, Calista Flockhart, Georgia Ford, Mary Marquardt, Steven Spielberg

Cause of death  Neuroendocrine cancer

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Melissa Marie Mathison (June 3, 1950 – November 4, 2015) was an American film and television screenwriter and an activist for Tibetan freedom. She was best known for writing the screenplays for the films The Black Stallion (1979) and E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982), the latter of which earned her the Saturn Award for Best Writing and a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay.


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Mathison went on to write The Indian in the Cupboard (1995), based on Lynne Reid Banks' 1980 children's novel of the same name, and Kundun (1997), a biographical-drama film about the Dalai Lama. Her final film credit was The BFG (2016), which marked her third collaboration with director Steven Spielberg.

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Early years

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Melissa Mathison was born on June 3, 1950 in Los Angeles, California, one of five siblings. Her father, Richard Randolph Mathison, was a journalist, the Los Angeles bureau chief of Newsweek. Her mother was Margaret Jean (née Kieffer) Mathison, a food writer and convenience-foods entrepreneur. After graduating from Providence High School in 1968, Mathison attended the University of California, Berkeley. Her family was friendly with Francis Ford Coppola, whose children were babysat by Mathison. Coppola offered her a job as his assistant on The Godfather Part II, an opportunity for which she left her studies at UC Berkeley.

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With Coppola’s encouragement, she wrote a script for The Black Stallion, adapted from the novel, that caught the attention of Steven Spielberg.

Screenwriting and production credits

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Mathison wrote the screen play for E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial in collaboration with Steven Spielberg. It was nominated for an Oscar for best original screenplay. The screenplay was based on a story that Spielberg provided to Mathison during the filming of Raiders of the Lost Ark. Spielberg attributes the line "E.T. phone home" to Mathison. She collaborated again with Spielberg for The BFG, which was released in 2016. She also had film credits for The Escape Artist and The Indian in the Cupboard. A gross tally (from the Wikipedia pages) for the 8 theatrically released films she was involved with, comes to a grand total of $1,277,143,012.

Dalai Lama

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Mathison knew the Dalai Lama from 1990 when she wrote the script for Kundun, and she developed a lasting friendship with him from that time on. She continued to work as an activist for Tibetan freedom and was on the board of the International Campaign for Tibet.

Personal life and death

From 1983 to 2004, Mathison was married to Harrison Ford; they had two children together. She died on November 4, 2015 in Los Angeles, aged 65, from neuroendocrine cancer.

Her final film, The BFG, was dedicated in her memory.


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