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Remembering Prolific Merchant-Ivory Screenwriter Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, 1927-2013

Thompson on Hollywood By Carrie Rickey | Thompson on Hollywood April 3, 2013 at 2:12PM

Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, the prodigiously gifted novelist and prolific screenwriter, Oscar winner for her adapted screenplays "Room with a View" and "Howard's End," has died in Manhattan after a long illness. She was 85.
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Ruth Prawer Jhabvala
Ruth Prawer Jhabvala

Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, the prodigiously gifted novelist and prolific screenwriter, Oscar winner for her adapted screenplays "Room with a View" and "Howard's End," has died in Manhattan after a long illness. She was 85.

As the screenwriter for movies by producer Ismail Merchant and director James Ivory she was for 40 years the hypotenuse of one of the most productive filmmaking triangles in film history. A German Jew who left her native country for England during World War II and relocated to India and then the United States, she was attuned to tales of dislocation and cultural collision. She was a brilliant adapter of novels -- both of her Oscars were for screenplays based on E.M. Forster works -- who distilled the nuance and depth of the source material in under two hours running time.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.