Phone Home? Try phoning the fire department!
The house made famous in E.T. The Extra Terrestrial is in danger of being engulfed in the deadly California fires currently raging throughout the state.
Flames from the huge fire have surrounded the property at 7121 Lonzo Street in Tujunga with the whole neighborhood being evacuated.
The family style home – which is set in a cul de sac – has rolling hills running down to its back yard with the mountains directly behind it.
E.T. – the story of a young boy who is visited by a lovable alien who wants to go home – began filming in September 1981 with the house being used in many of scenes between Henry Thomas (Elliott) Drew Barrymore (Gertie), their family and E.T.
Spielberg – who took 61 days to shoot the film at a cost of just $10 million – hand-picked the property because it ideally mirrored a ‘middle class’ American home.
When Universal Pictures released the science fiction film in 1982 it went on to be one of the most successful films of all time grossing $793 million worldwide in box-office ticket sales.
The success of E.T. helped propel Spielberg’s career as Hollywood’s top director and he went on to direct a succession of smash hits like Jurassic Park, Schindler’s List and Saving Private Ryan.