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November 04, 2015 07:00 PM

Melissa Mathison, E.T screenwriter and Harrison Ford’s ex-wife, died Wednesday in Los Angeles. She was 65.

Mathison’s brother Dirk confirmed the news to Variety, stating that Mathison passed away from an illness.

Professionally, Mathison was a well-known and respected screenwriter in Hollywood. A few of her most well-known works include: Steven Spielberg’s E.T: The Extra Terrestrial, for which she received an Oscar nomination for Best Original Screenplay and most recently she re-teamed with E.T. director Spielberg to write the script for his upcoming Roald Dahl adaptation, The BFG.

“Melissa had a heart that shined with generosity and love and burned as bright as the heart she gave E.T.” Steven Spielberg said in a statement to PEOPLE.

Mathison also wrote Martin Scorsese’s Kundun, The Black Stallion and The Indian in the Cupboard

On the more personal side of things, Mathison was also known for being married to Star Wars and Indiana Jones actor Harrison Ford from 1983-2004. They had two children, Malcolm, 28, and Georgia, 25.

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