It is with a heavy heart that I report the passing of the incredibly talented screenwriter Melissa Mathison. An Oscar nominated screenwriter in 1983 for arguably one of Steven Spielberg's most beloved film, E.T., the talented writer passed away in Los Angeles at the age of 65.
Famously known for her E.T. screenplay, Mathison's credits also include The Black Stallion (1979), The Escape Artist (1982), Indian in the Cupboard (1995) and Kundun (1997). Her most recent collaboration was with Steven Spielberg for the highly anticipated upcoming film adaption of Roald Dahl's much adored book, The BFG, currently in postproduction and slated for a 2016 release.
The screenwriter was also married to Hollywood star, Harrison Ford. Meeting on the set of Apocalypse Now in 1976, Mathison and Ford held a 15 minute ceremony at the Santa Monica Courthouse in 1983 (the same year she was nominated for an Oscar - all round good year) and were married until 2004. The couple had two children together which survive her; son Malcolm born in 1987 and daughter Georgia, born in 1990.