Melissa Mathison

film producer of Disney

Melissa Marie Mathison (June 3, 1950 – November 4, 2015) was an American movie and television screenwriter and an activist for Tibetan freedom. Her last movie produced and written was Disney's The BFG (2016).

Melissa Mathison
Melissa Marie Mathison[1]

(1950-06-03)June 3, 1950
DiedNovember 4, 2015(2015-11-04) (aged 65)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Cause of deathNeuroendocrine cancer
Years active1979–2015
Spouse(s)Harrison Ford
(m. 1983-2004, divorced)

She was best known for writing the screenplays for the movies The Black Stallion (1979); E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982), for which she received a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay; and Kundun (1997), a biographical-drama movie about the Dalai Lama, the exiled political and spiritual leader of Tibet.

From 1983 to 2004, Mathison was married to Harrison Ford. She died on November 4, 2015 in Los Angeles, California at the age of 65 from neuroendocrine cancer, a rare form of pancreatic cancer.[2]


  1. "Melissa Mathison". April 20, 2011. Retrieved November 4, 2015.
  2. Chawkins, Steve (4 November 2015). "Melissa Mathison dies at 65; screenwriter of 'E.T.,' 'Black Stallion,' 'Kundun'". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 5 November 2015.]

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