Melissa Mathison Net Worth

Melissa Mathison Net Worth 2023: Wiki Biography, Married, Family, Measurements, Height, Salary, Relationships

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 NameMelissa Mathison
Net Worth$22 Million
Date Of BirthJune 3, 1950
DiedNovember 4, 2015, Los Angeles, California, United States
Place Of BirthLos Angeles, California, U.S.
EducationProvidence High School
SpouseHarrison Ford (m. 1983–2004)
ChildrenGeorgia Ford, Malcolm Ford
ParentsRichard Randolph Mathison, Margaret Jean Kieffer Mathison
AwardsSaturn Award, Saturn Award for Best Writing, Writers Guild of America Award for Best Original Drama
NominationsAcademy Award for Best Original Screenplay, Golden Globe Award for Best Screenplay - Motion Picture, Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation, BAFTA Award for Best Screenplay
MoviesThe 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
1Graduated from Providence High School in Burbank, California.
2Ex-sister-in-law of Terence Ford.
3Two children with Harrison Ford: son, Malcolm Ford (b. 10 March 1987) and daughter, Georgia (b. 30 June 1990).
4Was babysitter for Francis Ford Coppola and Eleanor Coppola's children.


The BFG2016screenplay
Universal Studios Theme Parks Adventure2001Video Game character: E.T.
Kundun1997written by
The Indian in the Cupboard1995screenplay
Morning Star1991TV Mini-Series teleplay - 2 episodes
Twilight Zone: The Movie1983segment "2", as Josh Rogan
E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial1982Video Game characters
The Escape Artist1982screenplay
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial1982written by
The Black Stallion1979screenplay


The BFG2016associate producer
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial1982associate producer


Ponyo2008storyline consultant: English dubbed version
Apocalypse Now1979executive assistant


E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial1982Elliot's School Nurse (uncredited)

Location Management

The Godfather: Part II1974location assistant


The BFG2016dedicatee
Stephanie Daley2006very special thanks
Lights, Camera, Magic1995TV Movie special thanks


Live at the Shrine! John Williams and the World Premiere of 'E.T.: The Extra Terrestrial': The 20th Anniversary2002VideoHerself
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial: 20th Anniversary Celebration2002Video documentaryHerself
E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial 20th Anniversary Special2002TV Movie documentaryHerself
The Annual Film Society of Lincoln Center Honors Mike Nichols1999TV MovieHerself
In Search of Kundun with Martin Scorsese1998DocumentaryHerself
The Making of 'E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial'1996Video documentaryHerself

Archive Footage

The 88th Annual Academy Awards2016TV SpecialHerself (Memorial Tribute)

Won Awards

1983Saturn AwardAcademy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USABest WritingE.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
1983WGA Award (Screen)Writers Guild of America, USABest Drama Written Directly for the ScreenE.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
1982New Generation AwardLos Angeles Film Critics Association AwardsE.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)

Nominated Awards

2016BAFTA Children's AwardBAFTA AwardsBAFTA Kids Vote - Feature FilmThe BFG (2016)
1983OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the ScreenE.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
1983Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Screenplay - Motion PictureE.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
1983BAFTA Film AwardBAFTA AwardsBest ScreenplayE.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
1983HugoHugo AwardsBest Dramatic PresentationE.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)

Known for movies

IMDB Wikipedia

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