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Ruth Prawer Jhabvala

Highest Rated:   100% A Room With a View (1985)
Lowest Rated:   33% Surviving Picasso (1996)
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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

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
38% The City of Your Final Destination
  • Screenwriter
$0.5M 2010
37% Le Divorce
  • Screenwriter
$9M 2003
53% The Golden Bowl
  • Screenwriter
$2.2M 2000
77% A Soldier's Daughter Never Cries
  • Screenwriter
1998
33% Surviving Picasso
  • Screenwriter
1996
33% Jefferson in Paris
  • Screenwriter
1995
97% The Remains of the Day
  • Screenwriter
1993
93% Howards End
  • Screenwriter
$0.2M 1992
80% Mr. & Mrs. Bridge
  • Screenwriter
1990
75% Madame Sousatzka
  • Screenwriter
1988
93% Maurice
  • Screenwriter
1987
100% A Room With a View
  • Screenwriter
1985
80% The Bostonians
  • Screenwriter
1984
No Score Yet The Wandering Company
  • Actor
1984
86% Heat and Dust
  • Screenwriter
1983
No Score Yet Quartet
  • Screenwriter
1981
No Score Yet Jane Austen in Manhattan
  • Screenwriter
1980
70% The Europeans
  • Screenwriter
1979
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
83% Shakespeare Wallah
  • Screenwriter
1965
No Score Yet The Householder
  • Screenwriter
1963

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