- Ryan Leston
Steven Spielberg makes a touching tribute to ‘The BFG’ writer, Melissa Mathison. Screenwriter Melissa Mathison was renowned for writing one of Spielberg’s finest works - ‘E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial’. Over thirty years later, Mathison returned to collaborate with the legendary filmmaker on ‘The BFG’ - the final feature film before her death in 2015.
- Ben Arnold
Hollywood screenwriter Melissa Mathison, who penned the Oscar-nominated script for Steven Spielberg’s ‘E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial’, has died at the age of 65. She died yesterday at the UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles from neuroendocrine cancer, her brother Dirk Mathison confirmed. In a statement, Spielberg said: “Melissa had a heart that shined with generosity and love and burned as bright as the heart she gave E.T.” Mathison’s first credit was for writing the 1979 family adventure, 'The Black Stallion’ which starred Mickey Rooney and Teri Garr. After she married Harrison Ford in 1983, the family moved to Jackson Hole, Wyoming, where Mathison put her career on hold to raise their children Georgia and Malcolm.