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Great cinema is timeless, so it’s hard to believe that it’s been 30 years since audiences first fell in love with E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial, one of the most iconic and commercially successful films of all time. Actress Dee Wallace — who portrayed Elliott’s mother in E.T. and recently released a book titled Bright Light: Spiritual Lessons from a Life in Acting — shares one of her fondest memories of making the movie.

“We shot the picture chronologically and all through fall, and I’ll never forget on Halloween, Steven [Spielberg] dressed up in costume. But he completely dressed up. He came to set dressed like E.T., when the alien was dressed up like a woman. So here comes Steven, in a perfect costume — the big hat, the wig — being an alien. And he was like that all day. It was kind of hard to concentrate. But that’s part of why the movie is still touching people’s hearts, because Steven was in touch with his childlike sense of wonder, and he could find it or unlock it or film it in everyone he worked with.”