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Ruth Prawer Jhabvala

Highest Rated: 100% A Room With a View (1985)

Lowest Rated: 31% Jefferson in Paris (1995)

Birthday: May 7, 1927

Birthplace: Not Available

Novelist and screenwriter Ruth Prawer Jhabvala was born Ruth Prawer in Cologne, Germany, on May 7, 1927. The daughter of Polish-Jewish parents, she came to England as a young refugee with her family in 1939. After attending University of London, where she studied English, Prawer married Indian architect C.S.H. Jhabvala in 1951 and moved to New Delhi. It was there that she began writing; during the mid-'50s, most of her novels and short stories were published in England -- many of her stories centered on the culture clash between the Indians and the British colonialists. By the mid-'60s, Jhabvala was writing screenplays and had begun a long, productive association with the filmmaking team of James Ivory and Ismail Merchant, who first collaborated with her on their filmed version of her novel The Householder (1962). Her work with the two resulted in a number of distinguished films that focused on post-colonialist life. In 1984, after their usual type of film began to lose popularity, the three changed tactics, and Jhabvala began adapting period novels, particularly those of Henry James and E.M. Forster. This change, exemplified by films such as The Bostonians (1984) and A Room with a View (1985), brought Merchant, Ivory, and Jhabvala acclaim from both critics and audiences alike. The latter film also won Jhabvala a Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar; she also won in 1992 for her adaptation of Forster's Howards End. She was again nominated for the same award the following year for her screenplay for Merchant Ivory's adaptation of Kazuo Ishiguro's The Remains of the Day.Though she primarily worked with Merchant Ivory -- by century's end, Jhabvala had collaborated with them three more times on Jefferson in Paris (1995), Surviving Picasso (1996), and A Soldier's Daughter Never Cries (1998) -- she also wrote for others, as evidenced by her screenplay for John Schlesinger's Madame Sousatzka (1988). She continued her relationship with Merchant Ivory through the end of her career, writing her last screenplay in 2009, The City of Your Final Destination. Jhabvala passed away in 2013 at the age of 85.

Highest Rated Movies



84% The Europeans Screenwriter 2019
39% The City of Your Final Destination Screenwriter $0.5M 2010
36% Le Divorce Screenwriter $9M 2003
53% The Golden Bowl Screenwriter $2.2M 2000
77% A Soldier's Daughter Never Cries Screenwriter 1998
32% Surviving Picasso Screenwriter 1996
31% Jefferson in Paris Screenwriter 1995
95% The Remains of the Day Screenwriter 1993
94% Howards End Screenwriter $0.2M 1992
80% Mr. & Mrs. Bridge Screenwriter 1990
78% Madame Sousatzka Screenwriter 1988
90% Maurice Screenwriter 1987
100% A Room With a View Screenwriter 1985
83% The Bostonians Screenwriter 1984
No Score Yet The Wandering Company Actor 1984
90% Heat and Dust Screenwriter 1983
43% Quartet Screenwriter 1981
No Score Yet Jane Austen in Manhattan Screenwriter 1980
No Score Yet Roseland Screenwriter 1977
No Score Yet Autobiography of a Princess Screenwriter 1975
No Score Yet Bombay Talkie Screenwriter 1970
No Score Yet The Guru Screenwriter 1969
89% Shakespeare Wallah Screenwriter 1966
No Score Yet The Householder Screenwriter 1963


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