NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Wednesday, November 4, 2015, 7:01 PM
Melissa Mathison, who was married to Harrison Ford between 1983 and 2004, passed away Wednesday at the age of 65.
Melissa Mathison, the screenwriter who brought “E.T.” home and tamed “The Black Stallion,” died Wednesday in Los Angeles.
She was 65.
Her brother, Dirk, told Variety she succumbed to an undisclosed illness.
Off screen, Mathison became much more famous as the wife of actor Harrison Ford, one of the biggest stars in show business at the time of their 1983 wedding.
Their 21-year marriage may have lacked an appropriate Hollywood ending, but the couple had two children, son Malcolm and daughter Georgia. Mathison received a reported $ 90 million settlement from their 2004 divorce.
But Mathison left a legacy of her own at the multiplex.
She remains best known for writing, “E.T.,” the 1982 story of an alien who befriends a lonely boy, that proved to be the 11th highest grossing movie of all time.
“Melissa delivered this 107-page first draft to me and I read it in about an hour,” director Steven Spielberg says on the DVD commentary for “E.T.,” according to Variety. I was just knocked out. It was a script I was willing to shoot the next day. It was so honest, and Melissa’s voice made a direct connection with my heart.”
Her other credits include “The Black Stallion” (1979), “The Indian in the Cupboard” (1995) and director Martin Scorsese’s biopic about the Dalai Lama, “Kundun.”
Before her death, she reunited with Spielberg to write an adaptation of the classic Roald Dahl novel, “The BFG,” which will hit theaters on July 1, 2016.