Harrison Ford Divorce: According to ABC News, famed actor Harrison Ford and screenwriter Melissa Mathison met on the set of “Apocalypse Now,” when Ford played Colonel Lucas and Mathison served as his assistant, and later married in 1983. They had a boy named Malcolm in October 1987 and a daughter named Georgia in June 1990, as reported by Closer Weekly.
The two kids are carrying up their parents’ showbiz traditions. And while Malcolm has acted in “Water to Wine” and released two albums with his band The Dough Rollers, Georgia has been in a few films as herself. People reports that 18 years after their wedding, Mathison and Ford have filed for divorce.
The couple had broken up, ironically, to try and resolve their concerns. They reconciled for a while, but then announced their official legal separation. According to Pat McQueeney, Ford’s manager, the couple wanted joint custody of Malcolm and Georgia and ended things amicably.
According to McQueeney, the couple’s parting was nice and cordial. The news of Mathison and Ford’s split came as a shock to both their fans and their closest friends. A relative of Ford’s who spoke to People said that the split that led to the divorce seemed to last for a short time and was caused by what the relative called “a midlife crisis.” The divorce was finalised in 2004 so sadly this did not happen. Ford and Mathison’s divorce was expensive, as you’ll see.
Harrison Ford Divorce
One of the most costly celebrity divorces in history was Harrison Ford and Melissa Mathison’s. They reached a remarkable $85 million settlement without a prenuptial agreement. Mathison also managed to secure a settlement for herself out of the profits her ex-future-husband made from the sales of “Indiana Jones” and “The Fugitive” during their time together.
The actor made millions of dollars per film, therefore his salary was not out of line with his earnings potential. In the early 1990s, Ford made $20 million or more every film, making him one of Hollywood’s highest-paid actors. Yet, if the couple went through with a divorce right now, they may expect a much larger settlement.
Mathison may have been entitled to a large settlement and a share of Ford’s future earnings due to rumours that the “The Devil’s Own” actor was having an affair with Lara Flynn Boyle, a considerably younger woman. Ford and his new partner were observed sharing a booth at a nightclub and going on a carriage ride in New York City around the time of his divorce.
Ford’s manager Patricia McQueeney strongly denied the rumours. There was “no connection” between the divorce of the Fords and the incident, she insisted. They parted ways before that could happen.
The Divorce Was Only The First Tragedy For the Ford Family
The divorce of Harrison Ford and Melissa Mathison devastated fans and family alike, but it wasn’t the only tragedy to strike the Ford family in recent years. In 2015, at age 65, the “E.T.” screenwriter died of neuroendocrine cancer, as reported by the Los Angeles Times.
Two of her daughters, as well as six of her siblings (including brothers Dirk and Mark Mathison, sisters Melinda Johnson and Stephanie Mathison). According to TMZ, the $22 million fortune left behind by the “The Black Stallion” scriptwriter certainly went to her children despite concerns over her missing will.
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The Big Friendly Giant, a film directed by Steven Spielberg and based on a children’s novel by Roald Dahl, was published in 2016 after Mathison’s death; it was the last work she completed. The death of Mathison was felt around the globe.
Steven Spielberg, who worked with Mathison on multiple projects, including the classic “E.T.,” offered her a touching tribute. As reported by People, he claimed that Melissa “burned as brightly as the heart she gave ‘E.T.’ and shone with kindness and love.” In contrast, Ford stayed silent about his ex-death wife’s in public.
After Ford and Mathison broke up, he began dating actor Calista Flockhart, and the two eventually tied the knot in 2010. They’ve been an item forever. Mathison did not date or remarry until her death.