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Date of Birth 7 May 1927Cologne, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
Date of Death 3 April 2013Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA  (complications of a pulmonary condition)
Birth NameRuth Prawer

Mini Bio (1)

Ruth Prawer Jhabvala was born on May 7, 1927 in Cologne, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany as Ruth Prawer. She was a writer, known for The Remains of the Day (1993), A Room with a View (1985) and Howards End (1992). She was married to Cyrus Jhabvala. She died on April 3, 2013 in Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA.

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Cyrus Jhabvala (1951 - 3 April 2013) (her death) (3 children)

Trivia (8)

The screenwriting partner of the Merchant Ivory production team.
She was awarded the C.B.E. (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) in the 1998 Queen's Honours List for her services to Literature.
She was awarded the Booker Prize for her novel, "Heat and Dust," in 1975.
Both of her Oscar wins were for adapted screenplays of E.M. Forster novels.
Became a U.S Citizen in 1986.
She studied English literature at St. Mary College, University of London, and received her degree in 1951.
She was born into a Jewish family which fled Nazi Germany in 1939 to begin a new life in Britain. She met her future husband in London, and they moved to his native India in the 1950s.
She was approached by Merchant and Ivory for permission to make a film of her 1960 novel The Householder. She agreed to write the screenplay, and it was the beginning of a successful partnership.

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