Ruth Prawer Jhabvala passes away aged 85
Film world mourns as Oscar Winner Dies. Ruth Prawer Jhabvala passed away after a long illness, her daughter, Firoza Jhabvala confirmed. She penned twenty-two films over an illustrious career, and won two Oscars.
Jhabvala 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, while three films were in the running for Best Picture. Firoza Jhabvala confirmed to the Associated Press Wednesday (April 3rd) that her mother died in New York after a long illness. "Ruth Prawer Jhabvala has been a beloved member of the Merchant Ivory family since 1960, comprising one-third of our indomitable trifecta that included director James Ivory and the late producer Ismail Merchant," said the company's director of development, Neil Jesuele. "The passing of our two-time Academy Award winning screenwriter is a significant loss to the global film community." But she didn’t just lend her talents to writing for the screen, Jhabvala was also lauded for her work for her fiction.
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She received Britain's highest literary honour for her 1975 novel, Heat and Dust. Jhabvala is survived by her husband: Cyrus S.H. Jhabvala - an Indian-born architect she met in London - and three daughters, Renana Jhabvala, Ava Wood, and Firoza Jhabvala, and six grandchildren.