Mathison, Melissa

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Mathison, Melissa Gender: F
Melissa Matheson
born on 3 June 1950
Place Burbank CA, USA, 34n10, 118w18
Timezone PDT h7w (is daylight saving time)
Data source
Date w/o time
Rodden Rating X
Collector: Rodden
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_gemcol.18.gif 12°37' s_mo.18.gif s_capcol.18.gif or s_aqucol.18.gif


American screenwriter and noted family, who spells her last name slightly differently from her father and brother.. One of five kids of Richard Matheson, she spent much of her youth in Los Angeles where her dad was West Coast bureau chief for Newsweek magazine. Family friends included Francis Ford Coppola and Melissa began work as his assistant on the production of "Godfather Part II," 1974. Coppola saw some of Melissa's work and assigned her to write the script of "The Black Stallion," and following that, "E.T. The Extraterrestrial," 1982. The film was a huge success.

Melissa met Harrison Ford on the set of Apocalypse Now, 1979, where she was script supervisor. They lived together for several years until one day in 1982 they quietly went down to the courthouse to get married.

By 1995 they were living in Jackson Hole, WY with son Malcolm, eight and daughter Georgia, five. Her film, "The Indian in the Cupboard" opened that year.

In November 2000, she and Ford separated. With their usual lack of fanfare, they quietly reconciled about February 2001.

Link to Wikipedia biography



  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 1982 (Playwright/ script E.T.)
  • Relationship : Marriage 1982 (Harrison Ford, 18 years)

Source Notes

LMR quotes her brother Dirk for the date; she prefers to not give out her t.o.b.


  • Vocation : Writers : Playwright/ script (Movies)
  • Family : Relationship : Number of Marriages (One, 18 years)
  • Family : Relationship : Mate - Noted (Harrison Ford)