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Melissa Mathison Net Worth

Melissa Marie Mathison net worth is

$22 Million

Melissa Marie Mathison Wiki Biography

Melissa Marie Mathison was born on 3rd June 1950, in Los Angeles, California USA, and was a film and TV screenwriter, best known for scripting such films as “The Black Stallion” (1979), and “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982) among many others. Her career started in 1979 and ended with her death in 2015.

Have you ever wondered how rich Melissa Mathison was, at the time of her death? According to authoritative sources, Melissa`s net worth was as high as $22 million, earned through her successful career in the entertainment industry.

Melissa Mathison Net Worth $22 Million

Melissa was one of five siblings born to Richard Randolph Mathison and his wife Margaret Jean, nee Kieffer; her father worked as a journalist for Newsweek as its bureau chef, while her mother was a food writer and convenience-foods entrepreneur. She attended Providence High School and matriculated in 1968, then enrolled at the University of California, Berkeley, but dropped out of college when film director Francis Ford Copola invited her to help him out with the script for The Godfather Part II. Her family was quite friendly with the Copolas, which turned out to be fruitful for Melissa. Soon after, she was encouraged by Francis to write a screenplay for “The Black Stallion”, based on the novel of the same name by Walter Farley. This brought Steven Spielberg to the picture, as the film became quite successful, as it was nominated for two Academy Awards. Building up friendship with Spielberg, the two started working on “E.T. the Extra Terrestrial”, and the film came out in 1982, garnering four Oscars and numerous other prestigious nominations and awards. The success of the film certainly increased Melissa`s net worth to a large degree.

Her next venture was the crime drama “The Escape Artist”, which was released the same year, directed by Caleb Deshanel and starring Raul Julia and Desi Arnaz. In 1995 Melissa collaborated with film director Frank Oz on the film “The Indian in the Cupboard”, but several years before she had traveled to Tibet and met with the Dalai Lama to write a screenplay for a biographical film about the life of the spiritual leader of Tibet, entitled “Kundun”, which came out in 1997, crediting Martin Scorsese as its director. The film turned out to be yet another success for Melissa, as it was nominated for four Oscars and won various awards. Her net worth was rising.

After “Kundun” came out, Melissa focused on other activities, including fighting for Tibetan freedom, while she was also on the board of the International Campaign for Tibet. Before her death, she collaborated once again with the legendary director, Steven Spielberg on the film “BFG”, which came out several months after her death.

Melissa won several awards during her career, including a Saturn Award in the category Best Writing for the film “E.T. the Extra Terrestrial”, while she was also nominated for Academy and Golden Globe Awards for the same film.

Regarding her personal life, Melissa was married to actor Harrison Ford from 1983 until 2004 when they split up; the couple has two children together. Melissa passed away on 4th November 2015 after losing her battle with neuroendocrine cancer.

Full Name Melissa Mathison
Net Worth $22 Million
Date Of Birth June 3, 1950
Died November 4, 2015, Los Angeles, California, United States
Place Of Birth Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Profession Screenwriter
Education Providence High School
Nationality American
Spouse Harrison Ford (m. 1983–2004)
Children Georgia Ford, Malcolm Ford
Parents Richard Randolph Mathison, Margaret Jean Kieffer Mathison
IMDB http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0558953/
Awards Saturn Award, Saturn Award for Best Writing, Writers Guild of America Award for Best Original Drama
Nominations Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay, Golden Globe Award for Best Screenplay – Motion Picture, Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation, BAFTA Award for Best Screenplay
Movies The BFG, In Search of Kundun with Martin Scorsese, Kundun, The Indian in the Cupboard, Twilight Zone: The Movie, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, The Black Stallion


Title Year Status Character
The BFG 2016 screenplay
Universal Studios Theme Parks Adventure 2001 Video Game character: E.T.
Kundun 1997 written by
The Indian in the Cupboard 1995 screenplay
Morning Star 1991 TV Mini-Series teleplay – 2 episodes
Twilight Zone: The Movie 1983 segment “2”, as Josh Rogan
E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial 1982 Video Game characters
The Escape Artist 1982 screenplay
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial 1982 written by
The Black Stallion 1979 screenplay


Title Year Status Character
The BFG 2016 associate producer
Kundun 1997 co-producer
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial 1982 associate producer


Title Year Status Character
Ponyo 2008 storyline consultant: English dubbed version
Apocalypse Now 1979 executive assistant


Title Year Status Character
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial 1982 Elliot’s School Nurse (uncredited)

Location Management

Title Year Status Character
The Godfather: Part II 1974 location assistant


Title Year Status Character
The BFG 2016 dedicatee
Stephanie Daley 2006 very special thanks
Lights, Camera, Magic 1995 TV Movie special thanks


Title Year Status Character
Refuge 2006/II Documentary Herself
Live at the Shrine! John Williams and the World Premiere of ‘E.T.: The Extra Terrestrial’: The 20th Anniversary 2002 Video Herself
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial: 20th Anniversary Celebration 2002 Video documentary Herself
E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial 20th Anniversary Special 2002 TV Movie documentary Herself
The Annual Film Society of Lincoln Center Honors Mike Nichols 1999 TV Movie Herself
In Search of Kundun with Martin Scorsese 1998 Documentary Herself
The Making of ‘E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial’ 1996 Video documentary Herself

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Won Awards

Year Award Ceremony Nomination Movie
1983 Saturn Award Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA Best Writing E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
1983 WGA Award (Screen) Writers Guild of America, USA Best Drama Written Directly for the Screen E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
1982 New Generation Award Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)

Nominated Awards

Year Award Ceremony Nomination Movie
2016 BAFTA Children’s Award BAFTA Awards BAFTA Kids Vote – Feature Film The BFG (2016)
1983 Oscar Academy Awards, USA Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
1983 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Screenplay – Motion Picture E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
1983 BAFTA Film Award BAFTA Awards Best Screenplay E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
1983 Hugo Hugo Awards Best Dramatic Presentation E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)

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