News Melissa Mathison, Harrison Ford's Ex-Wife and 'E.T.' Screenwriter, Dies at 65 By Jackie Willis 2:56 AM PST, November 5, 2015 This video is unavailable because we were unable to load a message from our sponsors. If you are using ad-blocking software, please disable it and reload the page. 49:25'E.T.' Screenwriter Melissa Mathison Dies at 6502:26‘Raiders of the Lost Ark’ Turns 40: Karen Allen Reflects on Her …02:03Ernie Lively, Beloved Actor and Blake Lively’s Dad, Dies at 7410:48‘Lucifer’ 5B: Tom Ellis and Lauren German on Deckerstar and the …02:46Machine Gun Kelly Dyes Tongue Black and Makes Out With Megan Fox…02:36Tina Knowles-Lawson Gushes Over Spending Quality Time With Her G…05:52‘American Idol’ Winner Chayce Beckham on How He’s Celebrating Hi…08:4090 Day Fiancé: Loren and Alexei Open Up About How Tourette's Has…03:32North West Pokes Fun at Mom Kim Kardashian For Fangirling Over O…08:01‘The Masked Singer’: Jenny McCarthy and Donnie Wahlberg on His S…03:392021 Billboard Music Awards: Backstage With the Night’s Biggest …01:16Drew Barrymore Reacts to Her First Daytime Emmy Nomination (Excl…04:38Kim Kardashian Says She Didn't Pass First Year Law School Test24:58Ariana Grande Shares First Wedding Pics, What to Expect From ‘Fr…11:42Angela and Vanessa Simmons Talk 'GUHH' Season 6: Daniel Jacobs R…02:13Shania Twain Wants to Sing in a Trio With Blake Shelton and Gwen…04:56'Friends' Reunion: Jennifer Aniston and David Schwimmer Admit Re…04:29Chris Harrison Exits 'Bachelor' Franchise Following Racism Contr…02:32Kim Kardashian and Kanye West's Relationship Is Still 'Pretty Em…02:29Bachelor Nation Reacts to Chris Harrison’s Exit From Franchise Oscar-nominated screenplay writer, Melissa Mathison, died on Wednesday in Los Angeles. Her brother, Dirk Mathison, said that his 65-year-old sister died after an illness, according to Variety. Mathison earned an Oscar nomination for penning the screenplay for Steven Spielberg's 1982 film, E.T.: The Extra Terrestrial. She also served as an associate producer on the movie.Most recently, she was working with Spielberg on an adaptation of Roald Dahl's 1982 children's tale, The BFG (Big Friendly Giant), which is in post-production and due out in 2016. PHOTOS: Stars We've Lost In Recent Years"Melissa had a heart that shined with generosity and love and burned as bright as the heart she gave E.T.," Spielberg said in a statement obtained by Variety.Mathison was married to Harrison Ford for 21 years, from 1983 to 2004, and has two children with the actor, Malcolm and Georgia. WATCH: Harrison Ford Reveals He Had Amnesia After Near Fatal Plane CrashIn addition to E.T, Mathison also wrote The Black Stallion (1979), The Escape Artist (1982), Martin Scorsese's Kundun (1997) and The Indian in the Cupboard (1995).Mathison, who was born in Los Angeles and attended U.C. Berkeley, is survived by her two children, her brothers Dirk and Mark Mathison and her sisters, Melinda Johnson and Stephanie Mathison.