Scoop: Remembering ‘E.T.’ screenwriter Melissa Mathison

Fans are remembering Melissa Mathison, who gave the world “E.T.: The Extra Terrestrial.”

“Lost one of the greats today. RIP, Ms. Mathison. You wrote some amazing, beautiful movies. We all thank you,” filmmaker Paul Feig tweeted Wednesday upon hearing that the Oscar-nominated screenwriter died at 65 after a long illness.

“You left a trail of Reese’s Pieces that led a lot of my generation to the movies,” tweeted comedian Patton Oswalt.

“E.T.” director Steven Spielberg, who worked closely with Mathison on the concept for the film partially inspired by his parents’ divorce, said in a statement, “Melissa had a heart that shined with generosity and love and burned as bright as the heart she gave E.T.”

According to the Los Angeles Times, Mathison recently reunited with Spielberg to write the screenplay for the Roald Dahl adaptation “The BFG,” which is in post-production.

Mathison — who wrote the screenplay for Martin Scorsese’s 1997 “Kundun” and became friendly with that movie’s subject, the Dalai Lama, as well as an activist for Tibet freedom — also served as associate producer on “E.T.”

A lover of children’s literature, she adapted the novel “The Indian in the Cupboard.” She broke into Hollywood in 1979 with her script for “The Black Stallion.”

Mathison, who was married to Harrison Ford from 1983 to 2004, had two children with the actor.

Responding to news headlines reporting the death of “ ‘E.T.’ screenwriter ex-wife of Harrison Ford,” actress Rose McGowan rightfully tweeted, “She stood on her own. Her career credits shouldn’t include ex wife.”

NEW COUPLE ALERT

Some “Voice” coaches are officially a couple.

Gwen Stefani‘s representative confirmed to Page Six on Wednesday that she and Blake Shelton are dating.

In September, Stefani’s rep said that persistent rumors of their romance were “completely untrue,” but now the couple have changed their tune.

The pair also created a buzz over the weekend when they were photographed together at Adam Levine’s Halloween party.


QUICK TAKES

Trevor Noah, host of Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show,” underwent emergency appendectomy Wednesday.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY

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— Wire report

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