Melissa Mathison, left, who is credited for writing the screenplays for E.T.
and The Black Stallion
, among others, died Wednesday at 65 of neuroendocrine cancer. She is survived by two children from her relationship with former husband Harrison Ford, pictured at right in 1998. File photo by Michael Smith/UPI | License Photo
"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 offering his condolences.
Mathison is survived by her two children, Georgia Ford and Malcolm Carswell Ford from her marriage to actor ex-husband Harrison Ford.