Melissa Mathison, an Oscar nominee for her original screenplay for E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (1982), died November 4 after an illness. She was 65.
Mathison’s other screenwriting included adaptations of The Black Stallion (1979), The Indian in the Cupboard (1995), the English script for Ponyo (2008), and the original script for the biopic Kundun (1997).
Recently she wrote the screen play for an adaptation of Roald Dahl’s The BFG.
Mathison was married to Harrison Ford from 1983 to 2004, and had two children with the actor, Malcolm and Georgia.
[Thanks to James H. Burns for the story.]