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Melissa Mathison

Melissa Mathison

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Born: June 3, 1950 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Los Angeles, California, USA Profession: Writer ...
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Grew up in Hollywood Hills, CA
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Baby-sat for the children of family friend Francis Ford Coppola
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Acquired a job as a TIME magazine stringer through a friend of her father's who was a bureau chief
1974:
Took a leave from UC, Berkeley to work as Coppola's assistant on "The Godfather, Part II" (date approximate)
1979:
Credited as "executive assistant" on Coppola's "Apocolypse Now"
1979:
Feature screenwriting debut, co-scripted (with Jeanne Rosenberg and William D. Wittliff) "The Black Stallion" at the urging of Coppola who also executive produced
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Began dating actor Harrison Ford
1980:
Traveled with Ford on location for the shoot of Steven Spielberg's "Raiders of the Lost Ark"; Spielberg asked her to write a screenplay about a little alien stranded on Earth; wrote the first draft in eight weeks (date approximate)
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; first original screenplay; nominated for Oscar
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 the gross from merchandise in which E.T. is joined by other characters from the film
1991:
TV writing debut, "Son of the Morning Star", an ABC miniseries biopic about General George Custer
1995:
Returned to screenwriting after 13 years, scripted "The Indian in the Cupboard"

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