Ruth Prawer Jhabvala

Novelist, Screenwriter, Producer
An Oscar-winning screenwriter who often worked in collaboration with James Ivory and Ismail Merchant, Ruth Prawer Jhabvala first developed her writing craft as an author of acclaimed novels like Esmond in India ... Read more »
Born: 05/07/1927 in Cologne, , DE

Filmography

Writer (27)

Independent People 2014 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The City of Your Final Destination 2010 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Le Divorce 2003 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Golden Bowl 2001 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

A Soldier's Daughter Never Cries 1998 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Surviving Picasso 1996 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Portrait of A Lady 1996 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Jefferson in Paris 1995 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Remains of the Day 1993 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Howards End 1992 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Mr. & Mrs. Bridge 1990 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Madame Sousatzka 1988 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

A Room With A View 1986 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Bostonians 1984 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Heat and Dust 1982 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Heat and Dust 1982 (Movie)

(Source Material (from novel))

Quartet 1981 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Jane Austen in Manhattan 1980 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Europeans 1978 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Roseland 1977 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Autobiography of a Princess 1974 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Bombay Talkie 1970 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Guru 1969 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Shakespeare Wallah 1966 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Householder 1962 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Householder 1962 (Movie)

(Source Material (from novel))
Producer (1)

Courtesans of Bombay 1986 (Movie)

(Producer)

Biography

An Oscar-winning screenwriter who often worked in collaboration with James Ivory and Ismail Merchant, Ruth Prawer Jhabvala first developed her writing craft as an author of acclaimed novels like Esmond in India (1957) and The Householder (1960) that often dealt with the culture clash between India and England. In fact, the latter novel attracted Merchant-Ivory to seek Jhabvala out and hire her to adapt her novel into the 1963 film of the same name, thus commencing one of the most critically acclaimed writer-director-producer trios of all time. From there, Jhabvala wrote Merchant-Ivory films like "Shakespeare Wallah" (1965), Autobiography of a Princess" (1975) and "Heat and Dust" (1983), but commercial success on most of their early films was elusive. It was not until they adapted the works of Henry James and E.M. Forster starting in the mid-1980s that the trio began having great critical and commercial success. Their two greatest triumphs were the lighthearted comedy of manners "A Room with a View" (1986) and the widely praised "Howards End" (1992), both of which won Jhabvala Academy Awards. She continued adapting material for Merchant-Ivory with "The Remains of the Day" (1993), "The Golden Bowl" (2000) and "Le Divorce" (2003), thus cementing her status as one of Hollywood's most gifted and celebrated scribes.

Relationships

Cyrus Jhabvala

Husband
Married June 16, 1951

Firoza Jhabvala

Daughter

Renana Jhabvala

Daughter

Marcus Prawer

Father
Jewish; immigrated to Cologne, Germany from Poland; left with family 1939 to England Committed suicide 1948

Eleonora Prawer

Mother

Ava Wood

Daughter

EDUCATION

Hendon County School

Queen Mary and Westfield College, University of London

1951

Milestones

2011

Published last short-story collection A Lovesong for India

2009

Final screenplay, "The City of Your Final Destination"; adapted from novel by Peter Cameron

2003

With James Ivory, co-wrote screenplay for "Le divorce" based on Diane Johnson's novel

2000

Third adaptation of Henry James, "The Golden Bowl"

1998

Penned screenplay for "A Soldier's Daughter Never Cries," adapted from Kaylie Jones' autobiographical novel

1995

Wrote historical drama "Jefferson in Paris"

1993

Adapted "The Remains of the Day" from the novel by Kazuo Ishiguro

1992

Won second Academy Award for adapting Forster's "Howards End" for Merchant Ivory

1988

First screenplay not produced by Merchant Ivory team, "Madame Sousatzka"; co-wrote film with director John Schlesinger

1986

Received Oscar for screenplay adaptation of E. M. Forster's "A Room with a View," a Merchant Ivory production

1984

Scripted screen version of Henry James novel "The Bostonians"

1983

Made producing debut (with Merchant and Ivory) with documentary "The Courtesans of Bombay"

1983

Adapted own novel to feature film "Heat and Dust" for Merchant Ivory

1979

First Henry James adaptation, "The Europeans"

1975

Received Man Booker Prize, Britain’s highest literary honor for novel Heat and Dust

1965

Penned "Shakespeare-Wallah"

1961

First met James Ivory and Ismail Merchant at her New Delhi home when they came to request permission to film her novel The Householder; adaptation was her first screenplay, released 1963

1955

Made publishing debut with novel To Whom She Will; released in U.S. as Amrita

1951

Moved to Delhi after marrying architect C.S.H. Jhabvala

1939

Immigrated to England

Bonus Trivia

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Jhabvala won the Neil Gunn International Fellowship in 1978, the MacArthur Foundation Fellowship in 1984, and was made a Commander of the British Empire (CBE) in 1998 for her service to literature.

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