6/7/1928 (93 years old) Berkley, California, United States
A student filmmaker in California, Ivory began making independent documentaries in the late '50s. A project in India resulted in Ivory's encounter with producer Ismail Merchant, who became his partner in a series of subtle culture-clash comedies co-written by Ivory and Ruth Prawer Jhabvala: The Householder, Shakespeare Wallah, The Guru, Bombay Talkie. Ivory returned to filmmaking in the West in the '70s, taking his new partners with him. Their notable subsequent work includes Roseland, Heat and Dust, and handsome adaptations of Henry James (The Europeans, The Bostonians) and E.M. Forster (A Room With a View, Maurice, Howard's End).