Melissa Mathison

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Melissa Mathison : biography

June 3, 1950 –

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

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.Melissa Mathison, , July 21, 2011

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 on the Cliff by the Sea animated, family-adventure storyline consultant, English-language translation