‘E.T.’ Screenwriter Melissa Mathison Dies at 65

By November 4, 2015

This news floored me. For as the title says, Melissa Mathison, best know for the timeless classic (and my all time favorite movie) E.T the Extra Terrestrial, has died at the age of 65.

Per the news and report from Variety:

Melissa Mathison, who was Oscar-nominated for writing Steven Spielberg’s “E.T.: The Extra Terrestrial” and also wrote “The Black Stallion,” died Wednesday in Los Angeles after an illness, her brother Dirk Mathison confirmed. She was 65.

Recently as well, Mathison wrote the movie Spielberg is making as his next movie – the Roald Dahl adaptation The BFG. She was also married to Harrison Ford for a long time, in fact, was married to him at the time when he was working on Raiders of the Lost Ark. As the story goes, she was on set when Spielberg came to her with an idea that was essentially, a story about a boy and his alien. The nugget from that idea came from the development of a Close Encounters sequel.

Other credits include Martin Scorsese’s 1997 Kundun, The Indian in the Cupboard and The Escape Artist.

She leaves behind two children, Malcolm and Georgia, who she had with Harrison Ford.

We here at GeekNation extend our thoughts and prayers to her family.

RIP. Melissa. And thank you.



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