Melissa Mathison

1950 - 2015

Melissa Mathison

Melissa Marie Mathison (June 3, 1950 – November 4, 2015) was an American film and television screenwriter and an activist for the Tibetan independence movement. She was best known for writing the screenplays for the films The Black Stallion (1979) and E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982), the latter of which earned her the Saturn Award for Best Writing and a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay. Mathison later wrote The Indian in the Cupboard (1995), based on Lynne Reid Banks' 1980 children's novel of the same name, and Kundun (1997), a biographical-drama film about the Dalai Lama. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Melissa Mathison has received more than 2,558,701 page views. Her biography is available in 16 different languages on Wikipedia making her the 4,133rd most popular writer.

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  • 43.41

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  • 16

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  • 2.45

    Effective Languages (L*)

  • 2.94

    Coefficient of Variation (CV)

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Among writers, Melissa Mathison ranks 4,126 out of 4,883Before her are Stanislav Stratiev, Armen Ohanian, Patrick Poivre d'Arvor, Abraham Cowley, Louis Sachar, and Candace Bushnell. After her are Yakov Polonsky, Tanith Lee, Tatyana Tolstaya, Louella Parsons, Carl Amery, and Brian Herbert.

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Among people born in 1950, Melissa Mathison ranks 306Before her are Lou Gramm, Rudy Sarzo, Nelinho, Candida Royalle, Yuji Hyakutake, and Pascal Yoadimnadji. After her are Josef Tošovský, Alec Jeffreys, Frank Silva, Rosi Mittermaier, Joseph Paul Franklin, and Trevor Bolder. Among people deceased in 2015, Melissa Mathison ranks 295Before her are Dick Van Patten, Csaba Fenyvesi, Martin Gilbert, Gunther Schuller, Candida Royalle, and Scott Weiland. After her are Tanith Lee, Colette Marchand, Vladimir Kesarev, Thelma Coyne Long, Klaus Roth, and Gerry Byrne.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Melissa Mathison ranks 6,161 out of 12,171Before her are Art Acord (1890), Jeff Hardy (1977), Thomas Calabro (1959), Jaden Smith (1998), Dexter Jackson (1969), and Thaddeus Stevens (1792). After her are Penelope Ann Miller (1964), Jessica Drake (1974), Jimmy Kimmel (1967), Kevin Dunn (1956), Jon Stewart (1962), and Richard DeVos (1926).

Among WRITERS In United States

Among writers born in United States, Melissa Mathison ranks 501Before her are Patrick Rothfuss (1973), Marilynne Robinson (1943), Meg Cabot (1967), David E. Kelley (1956), Louis Sachar (1954), and Candace Bushnell (1958). After her are Louella Parsons (1881), Brian Herbert (1947), Robert Cormier (1925), Donald Richie (1924), Christopher Paolini (1983), and Ben Bova (1932).