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Oscar-winning screenwriter and award-winning novelist Ruth Prawer Jhabvala has died. She was 85.

Firoza Jhabvala said Wednesday that her mother died in New York after a long illness.

Ruth Prawer Jhabvala was a longtime member of Merchant Ivory Productions, writing 22 films over four decades. She won two Academy Awards for her adaptations of the E.M. Forster novels Howards End and A Room With a View. She was also nominated for adapting 1993′s The Remains of the Day. All three films were also best-picture contenders.

Ruth Prawer Jhabvala has been a beloved member of the Merchant Ivory family since 1960, comprising one-third of »


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