Melissa Mathison

Screenwriter, Director's assistant, Stringer for Time
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Born: 06/03/1950 in Los Angeles, California, USA

Filmography

Writer (9)

The BFG 2016 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Kon-Tiki 2013 (Movie)

(previous draft) (Writer)

Ponyo 2009 (Movie)

(adaptation/English-language version) (Screenplay)

Kundun 1997 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Indian in the Cupboard 1995 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial 1982 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Escape Artist 1981 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Black Stallion 1980 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Son of the Morning Star (TV Show)

Screenplay
Producer (3)

The BFG 2016 (Movie)

(Associate Producer)

Kundun 1997 (Movie)

(Co-Producer)

E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial 1982 (Movie)

(Associate Producer)
Actor (1)
Production Management (1)

The Godfather, Part II 1974 (Movie)

(Location Assistant)

Relationships

Francis Ford Coppola Executive Producer

Companion
Mathison worked at one time for Coppola as his children's babysitter before becoming his personal assistant; had relationship around the time of the making of "Apocalypse Now" (1979); Mathison later married actor Harrison Ford

Harrison Ford Actor

Husband
Married on March 14, 1983 in Los Angeles, CA Announced separation in November 2000 Divorced Jan. 6, 2004

Georgia Ford

Daughter
born on June 30, 1990 father, Harrison Ford

Malcolm Ford

Son
born on March 10, 1987 father, Harrison Ford

Benjamin Ford

Step-Son
born in September 1966 mother, Mary Ford

Willard Ford

Step-Son
born in May 1969 mother, Mary Ford

Richard Mathison

Father

Margaret Mathison

Mother

Matthew Mathison

Brother
born in 1959

Richard Mathison

Brother
born in 1955

Melinda Mathison

Sister
born in 1947

Stephanie Mathison

Sister
born in 1952

EDUCATION

University of California at Berkeley

Berkeley , California
took a leave to work as Francis Ford Coppola's assistant on "The Godfather, Part II" (1974)

Milestones

2016

Wrote Steven Spielberg's "The BFG," her final screenplay

1997

Wrote the script for Martin Scorsese's "Kundun"

1995

Returned to screenwriting after 13 years, scripted "The Indian in the Cupboard"

1991

Made TV writing debut with "Son of the Morning Star", an ABC miniseries biopic about General George Custer

1989

Benefited from the Writers Guild of America's winning of an arbitration which entitled her to a 5 percent share of all revenue received by Universal--or its parent company, MCA--from the merchandising of the E.T. character; also entitled to 4 percent of t

1983

Co-wrote "Kick the Can," the Steven Spielberg-directed segment of "Twilight Zone: The Movie," under the name Josh Rogan

1982

Co-scripted (with Stephen Zito) the screenplay for "The Escape Artist", a poorly received Coppola production

1982

Received first sole screenplay credit on Spielberg's landmark children's fantasy "E.T., the Extra-Terrestrial"; also credited as associate producer

1979

Made feature screenwriting debut, co-scripting (with Jeanne Rosenberg and William D. Wittliff) "The Black Stallion" at the urging of Coppola who also executive produced

1979

Credited as "executive assistant" on Coppola's "Apocalypse Now"

1974

Took a leave from UC, Berkeley to work as Coppola's assistant on "The Godfather, Part II" (date approximate)

Baby-sat for the children of family friend Francis Ford Coppola

Acquired a job as a TIME magazine stringer through a friend of her father's who was a bureau chief

Bonus Trivia

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Coppola's aides confirmed the rumor that Mathison was the young woman to whom Eleanor Coppola refers to as her husband's extramarital interest in "Notes", her journal on the making of "Apocalypse Now".

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Mathison was an avid collector of children's literature and read with her children for forty-five minutes every night.

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While traveling with boyfriend Harrison Ford on location for the shoot of Steven Spielberg's "Raiders of the Lost Ark," the director asked her to write a screenplay about a little alien stranded on Earth; she wrote the first draft in eight weeks.

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