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Melissa Mathison

Melissa Mathison
Born Melissa Marie Mathison[1]
(1950-06-03) June 3, 1950
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Occupation Screenwriter
Years active 1979–present
Spouse(s) Harrison Ford (1983–2004; divorced; 2 children)

Melissa Marie Mathison (born June 3, 1950) is an American film and television screenwriter.


  • Life and career 1
  • Screenwriting filmography 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4

Life and career

Mathison was born in Los Angeles, California. She is perhaps most notable for writing the screenplays for the films 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 film about the Dalai Lama, the exiled political and spiritual leader of Tibet.

From 1983 to 2004, Mathison was married to Harrison Ford, with whom she has two children: Malcolm Carswell Ford (born March 10, 1987) and Georgia Ford (born June 30, 1990).

She has known the Dalai Lama since 1990, when she wrote Kundun, and developed a lasting friendship. She continues to work as an activist for Tibet freedom and is a member of the board of the International Campaign for Tibet.[2]

Screenwriting filmography

Year Title Genre Notes
1979 The Black Stallion family-adventure
1982 E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial fantasy-adventure-science fiction The line "E.T. phone home." is ranked 15th among the top 100 quotations of U.S. cinema by the American Film Institute.
The Escape Artist drama
1983 Twilight Zone: The Movie science fiction-thriller segment 2, "Kick the Can"; credited as "Josh Rogan"
1991 Son of the Morning Star western television film
1995 The Indian in the Cupboard family-adventure
1997 Kundun biographical-drama
2008 Ponyo animated, family-adventure storyline consultant, English-language translation
2016 The BFG family


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  2. ^ Melissa Mathison, A Conversation with the Dalai Lama, July 21, 2011

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