She scored a best screenplay Oscar nomination in 1983 for ‘E.T.,’ the same year she wed Harrison Ford.
by Natalie Stone (HollywoodReporter) – Melissa Mathison, the Oscar-nominated screenwriter of 1982’s E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial, died Wednesday in Los Angeles, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. She was 65.
Mathison’s writing credits include The Black Stallion (1979), The Escape Artist (1982), Indian in the Cupboard (1995), Kundun (1997) and her most recent collaboration with director Steven Spielberg for The BFG, currently in postproduction and set for release in 2016.
The screenwriter, a native of Los Angeles, was married to Harrison Ford from 1983 to 2004. They met when she was a young assistant on the set of Apocalypse Now in 1976. Mathison and Ford married in a 15-minute ceremony at the Santa Monica Courthouse in 1983 and had two children together: son Malcolm, a musician, born in 1987 and daughter Georgia, an actress, born in 1990. They survive her.