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Writer Ruth Prawer Jhabvala dies at 85

By NewsDesk • Published on April 4, 2013

Ruth Prawer JhabvalaWriter Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, who collaborated with producer Ismail Merchant and director James Ivory on more than 20 films, died on April 3 at her New York home.

Ruth, born in 1927 in Germany, moved to New Delhi in 1951 after marrying Indian architect Cyrus H. Jhabvala.

Her scripts for Howards End and A Room With A View won her two Oscars for Best Adapted Screenplays in 1986 and 1992 respectively.

Her novel “Head and dust”, set in India, won her a Booker prize in 1975. She was first approached by Merchant Ivory production for the adaptation of the novel. The novel got made into a film in 1983.

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