LOS ANGELES — Melissa Mathison, writer of original screenplay E.T.: The Extra Terrestrial and the bigscreen adaptation of The Black Stallion, has died, according to multiple reports. She was 65.

Mathison, who had recently adapted Roald Dahl’s The BFG for Steven Spielberg’s upcoming feature, had been battling neuroendocrine cancer and died at her Los Angeles home, the Associated Press reported Wednesday.

Mathison was married to Harrison Ford from 1983 to 2004 and had two children, Malcolm and Georgia, with the Indiana Jones actor. She was his second wife, and though the on-again, off-again couple first separated in the late 1990s and legally separated in 2001, they didn’t finalize their divorce until three years alter, long after Ford began dating Calista Flockhart. Read more…

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‘E.T.’ and ‘Black Stallion’ screenwriter Melissa Mathison dies