Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, 1927–2013

by Richard Vetere

In interviewing Ruth Prawer Jhabvala when she was on the panel for Screenplay Adaptation for the Guild, I was surprised to find her such a petite lady in physical size, yet enormously gracious and charming as she gave easily and patiently of her time. She was a delight as she answered my questions and revealed, without hesitation, some wonderful anecdotes and insights into her work as a screenwriter, directing her answers to why she crafted the screenplays as she did. She was youthful and vigorous with a delightful no-nonsense attitude. She made us all feel as if she was sharing her life experiences as a screenwriter with old friends. Her tough and ageless spirit will be missed.