Melissa Mathison Biography, Career, Net Worth, And Other Interesting Facts

Melissa Mathison was an American Screenwriter, Producer, and Activist born on June 3, 1950, and died on November 4, 2015. She was also active in supporting Tibet’s independence. Her most famous works include writing the scripts for “The Black Stallion” and “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial.” For “E.T.”, she won the Saturn Award for Best Writing and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay.

Later in her career, Mathison wrote the screenplay for “The Indian in the Cupboard,” based on a popular children’s book, and “Kundun,” a film about the life of the Dalai Lama. Her last film project was “The BFG,” which was her third collaboration with director Steven Spielberg.

Full NameMelissa Marie Mathison
Date of BirthJune 3, 1950
Died4 November 2015
Place of BirthLos Angeles, California, U.S.
OccupationScreenwriter, Producer, Activist
Height5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
SpouseHarrison Ford (m. 1983–2004)
ChildrenMalcolm Ford, Georgia Ford
Net Worth$100 Million (at death in 2015)

Melissa Mathison’s Early Life and Education

Melissa Mathison Biography, Career, Net Worth, And Other Interesting Facts

Melissa Mathison was Born on June 3, 1950, in Los Angeles and grew up with four siblings. Her father Richard Randolph Mathison worked as the Los Angeles bureau chief of Newsweek while her mother Margaret Jean Mathison was involved in food writing and the convenience foods business. After finishing high school in 1968 Melissa attended the University of California Berkeley.

Melissa’s family had close ties with Francis Ford Coppola whose children she babysat. Coppola offered her a job as his assistant on The Godfather Part II a chance she couldn’t resist leading her to leave Berkeley. Encouraged by Coppola she wrote a screenplay based on the novel The Black Stallion which grabbed the attention of Steven Spielberg.

Career

Melissa Mathison Biography, Career, Net Worth, And Other Interesting Facts

Melissa Mathison co-wrote the screenplay for “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial” with Steven Spielberg. This iconic film earned them an Oscar nomination for Best Original Screenplay. The idea for the movie came from a story by John Sayles which Spielberg shared with Mathison while they were working on “Raiders of the Lost Ark.”

Spielberg credits Mathison for the famous line “E.T. phone home.” They teamed up again for The BFG Mathison’s final film dedicated to her memory. She also worked on scripts for “The Escape Artist” and “The Indian in the Cupboard.”

Beyond her film career, Mathison met the Dalai Lama in 1990 while writing “Kundun” and they became close friends. She remained committed to supporting Tibetan freedom and served on the board of the International Campaign for Tibet.

Net Worth

Melissa Mathison has an estimated net worth of $100 Million, according to Celebrity Net Worth. The main source of Melissa Mathison’s net worth came from her successful career as a screenwriter. She is best known for writing the screenplay for the classic 1982 film “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial,” which became one of the highest-grossing films of all time. Her work on this film earned her critical acclaim and significant financial success.

Additionally, she wrote other screenplays and was involved in various film projects, contributing further to her net worth. Her long-lasting impact in the film industry and successful projects were the primary contributors to her wealth.

Personal life

Melissa Mathison Biography, Career, Net Worth, And Other Interesting Facts

From 1983 to 2004, Mathison was married to Harrison Ford, and they had two children together. She passed away on November 4, 2015, in Los Angeles at the age of 65 due to neuroendocrine cancer.