IF I EVER HAVE AN EX-HUSBAND, DON'T PUT HIS NAME IN THE HEADLINE OF MY OBITUARY.

Melissa Mathison, and countless women, deserve better than this.
  1. (DO NOT DO SOMETHING LIKE THIS: Melissa Mathison, ‘E.T.’ Screenwriter and Ex-Wife of Harrison Ford, Dies at 65)
  2. THESE WOULD WORK:
  3. Melissa Mathison, Screenwriter and Academy Award Nominee, Dies at 65
  4. Melissa Mathison, Screenwriter, Academy Award Nominee, A Founding Board Member of @826LA, Dies at 65
  5. Melissa Mathison, Generous Woman and Friend to Many, Dies at 65
  6. Melissa Mathison, Screenwriter of 'E.T.,' One of the Highest Grossing Movies of All Time, Dies at 65
  7. Melissa Mathison, Screenwriter of Acclaimed and Beloved Movies, Dies at 65
  8. Melissa Mathison, Screenwriter, Mother, Sister, Daughter, Friend, Dies at 65
  9. Melissa Mathison, Screenwriter of ‘E.T.’ and ‘The Black Stallion,’ Dies (This is how The New York Times wrote it. This is one appropriate way to write it.)
  10. There are many other appropriate ways too. Definitely not the first one, a trope that was, unfortunately, repeated in many other news outlets as well.