Mathison, Melissa

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Mathison, Melissa Gender: F
Melissa Marie Mathison
born on 3 June 1950
Place Burbank (Los Angeles County), California, 34n11, 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 film and television screenwriter and an activist for Tibetan freedom. She was best known for writing the screenplays for the films "The Black Stallion" (1979) and "E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial" (1982), the latter of which earned her the Saturn Award for Best Writing and a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay.

One of five kids of Richard Randolph Mathison, 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 March of 1983 when 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.

Mathison died from neuroendocrine cancer on 4 November 2015. She was 65.

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • spouse relationship with Ford, Harrison (born 13 July 1942). Notes: 1983-2004


  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 1982 (Playwright/ script E.T.)
  • Death by Disease 4 November 2015 (Neuroendocrine cancer, age 65)
    chart Placidus Equal_H.

Source Notes

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


  • Diagnoses : Major Diseases : Cancer
  • Family : Relationship : Mate - Noted (Harrison Ford)
  • Family : Relationship : Number of Marriages (One, 21 years)
  • Vocation : Writers : Playwright/ script (Movies)