Melissa Mathison, the screenwriter best known for her work in classic family films such as The Black Stallion, E.T., and The Indian in the Cupboard, has passed away at the age of 65.
Melissa was married to Hollywood star, Harrison Ford from 1983 to 2004 and had two children together, Malcolm Carswell Ford, and Georgia Ford. According to her family, Mathison had been battling neuroendocrine cancer.
E.T. director Steven Spielberg expressed his condolences in a statement reading, “Melissa had a heart that shined with generosity and love and burned as bright as the heart she gave E.T.”
As a screenwriter and consultant, Mathison had more than a dozen credits to her name, including The Escape Artist, Twilight Zone: The Movie, Son of the Morning Star, and the acclaimed Martin Scorsese-Brad Pitt collaboration, Kundun.
At the time of her death, Mathison was working with Spielberg once again, this time on an adaptation of the beloved Roald Dahl novel The BFG.