Award-winning author Ruth Prawer Jhabvala dies at 85
Ruth Prawar Jhabvala, the only person to have won an Oscar and the Booker, has died after a bout of illness.
Writer Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, who won an Oscar as well as Booker prize and lived in India for more than two decades, died on Wednesday in the US.
Jhabvala, 85, breathed her last at her home in Manhattan after a long illness.
She has a long association with Merchant Ivory Productions which yielded her two Academy Awards for her work on the films 'A Room with a View' and 'Howards End'. The trio -- Jhabvala, producer Ismail Merchant and director James Ivory -- made more than 20 films over a period of 40 years.
India was the inspiration for many of her stories, including 'Heat and Dust', which won her the Booker in 1975.
Jhabvala wrote 19 novels and short-story collections that reflected the cultures she absorbed on three continents during her half-century career.
In 1951, she married Cyrus H Jhabvala, an Indian Parsi architect.