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.