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Ruth Prawer Jhabvala
German-born British-American authorwd:Q235759
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educated at: Queen Mary University of London
occupation: screenwriter, novelist, writer
award received: John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship, MacArthur Fellows Program, Commander of the Order of the British Empire, Writers Guild of America Award, Academy Award for Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay, Man Booker Prize, O. Henry Award, Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature
Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, (7 May 1927 – 3 April 2013) was a German-born British and American Booker prize-winning novelist, short story writer and two-time Academy Award-winning screenwriter. She is perhaps best known for her long collaboration with Merchant Ivory Productions, made up of director James Ivory and producer Ismail Merchant.
After meeting Cyrus Jhabvala in England, she married him and moved to India in 1951; Jhabvala was an Indian-Parsi architect. The couple lived in New Delhi and had three daughters. Jhabvala began then to elaborate her experiences in India and wrote novels and tales on Indian subjects. She wrote a dozen novels, 23 screenplays, and eight collections of short stories and was made a CBE in 1998 and granted a joint fellowship by BAFTA in 2002 with Ivory and Merchant. She is the only person to have won both a Booker Prize and an Oscar.
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