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. Up Next34:28'E.T.' Screenwriter Melissa Mathison Dies at 6503:00Taylor Swift's Parents Expected to Meet Travis Kelce's Mom and D…01:51Barry Williams Reacts to ‘DWTS’ Elimination After Ripping His Sh…01:44Rachel Zegler on Channeling a Mockingjay at ‘Hunger Games’ Premi…08:03'The Crown's Elizabeth Debicki Reveals 'Horrendous' Scenes to Sh…02:28Prince Harry's Birthday Call to King Charles Could Be 'Turning P…03:07Sofia Vergara Hosts 'Modern Family' Reunion; How They Honored On…02:13Carey Mulligan Gives Update on Baby No. 3 With Hubby Marcus Mumf…02:36'90 Day Fiancé': Armando Feels 'Awkward' Going Through Fertility…02:08'The Family Chantel': Chantel Confronts Pedro for Meeting Up Wit…09:37Lacey Chabert and Scott Wolf Share 'Party of Five' Memories | Sp…08:17Princess Diana's Death: How Brad Pitt, Oprah Winfrey and More Ce…02:23Meghan Markle Reacts to ‘Suits’ Reaching 45 Billion Watch Minute…01:46Tyla Reacts to GRAMMY Nomination and 'Water' Success (Exclusive)02:17Why Chlöe Bailey Is 'Ecstatic' Over Sister Halle's GRAMMY Nomina…01:47Robert Pattinson and Suki Waterhouse Expecting First Child Toget…03:24Khloé Kardashian’s Daughter True Naps During Mariah Carey’s Perf…03:11Travis Kelce Shares Taylor Swift's Best Quality That Is 'Right U…02:29Hollywood Hits Las Vegas for F1! 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 Crash In 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.