(Rachel Mcgrath’s article appeared in the Daily Mail, 11/4; via Pam Green.)

Hollywood screenwriter Melissa Mathison, who was responsible for the immortal line: 'E.T. phone home' and was married to Harrison Ford from 1983 to 2004, has died.

Mathison passed away on Wednesday, aged 65, after a battle with neuroendocrine cancer, her sister Melinda Mathison Johnson confirmed.

Hollywood's best known director, Steven Spielberg said in a statement: 'Melissa had a heart that shined with generosity and love and burned as bright as the heart she gave E.T.'

Mathison is survived by her two children with Ford: a son Malcolm, a musician who was born in 1987, and a daughter Georgia, an actress who was born in 1990.


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