University of California at Berkeley
Wrote Steven Spielberg's "The BFG," her final screenplay
Wrote the script for Martin Scorsese's "Kundun"
Returned to screenwriting after 13 years, scripted "The Indian in the Cupboard"
Made TV writing debut with "Son of the Morning Star", an ABC miniseries biopic about General George Custer
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
Co-wrote "Kick the Can," the Steven Spielberg-directed segment of "Twilight Zone: The Movie," under the name Josh Rogan
Received first sole screenplay credit on Spielberg's landmark children's fantasy "E.T., the Extra-Terrestrial"; also credited as associate producer
Co-scripted (with Stephen Zito) the screenplay for "The Escape Artist", a poorly received Coppola production
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
Credited as "executive assistant" on Coppola's "Apocalypse Now"
Took a leave from UC, Berkeley to work as Coppola's assistant on "The Godfather, Part II" (date approximate)
Acquired a job as a TIME magazine stringer through a friend of her father's who was a bureau chief
Baby-sat for the children of family friend Francis Ford Coppola
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".
Mathison was an avid collector of children's literature and read with her children for forty-five minutes every night.
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.