Melissa Mathison, Oscar-Nominated 'E.T.' Screenwriter, Dead At 65
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Melissa Mathison, the Oscar-nominated screenwriter behind Steven Spielberg’s “E.T.” and Martin Scorsese’s “Kundun,” died on Wednesday of neuroendocrine cancer. She was 65. Her sister, Melinda Johnson, confirmed the news to The Associated Press. Mathison was an accomplished writer whose career in film spanned over 30 years. She penned screenplays for movies like “The Black Stallion” (1979), “The Escape Artist” (1982), “The Indian in the Cupboard” (1995) and “Kundun” (1997). Her most recent work was the screenplay for “The BFG,” an upcoming Spielberg film based on the beloved Roald Dahl children’s book of the same name. The movie, due to be released in 2016, is currently in post-production. But for all her achievements, Mathison is probably best remembered for her role in the creation of 1982’s “E.T.: The Extra Terrestrial,” for which she earned an Oscar nomination for original screenplay. Mathison also served as an assistant producer on the film. On a DVD special edi...
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