Thursday, 5 November 2015


The Oscar-nominated screenwriter behind some of the most beloved titles in recent decades had died. Melissa Mathison, the former wife of actor Harrison Ford and an Academy Award nominee for Steven Spielberg's E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, was 65 when she passed on Wednesday the 4th of November 2015 after suffering from neuroendocrine cancer. After attending Berkeley University, Mathison went on to enjoy a highly successful Hollywood career over a relatively small selection of films. Among her works were her debut, The Black Stallion and Martin Scorsese's Kundun; experiences working with the Dalai Lama on that film led to Mathison working as an activist for Tibetan freedom in recent years. Her first screenplay since that was for Spielberg's The BFG, due to be released next year. She is survived by her two children, both with Ford, Malcolm and Georgia. She will be much missed by movie fans across the world, who will surely savour her final film when it is released in 2016.