James Ivory Biography (1928-)

Full name, James Francis Ivory; born June 7, 1928, in Berkeley, CA; son of Edward Patrick (a sawmill operator) and Hallie Millicent (maiden name, De Loney) Ivory; companion of Ismail Merchant (a producer and director). Addresses: Office: Merchant-Ivory Productions, 250 West 57th St., Suite 1825, NewYork, NY 10107.; Agent: Rand Holston, Creative Artists Agency, 9830 WilshireBlvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90212.

Nationality
American
Gender
Male
Occupation
Director, producer, writer
Birth Details
June 7, 1928
Berkeley, California, United States

Famous Works

  • CREDITS
  • Film Work
  • Director, producer, and cinematographer, Venice: Theme and Variations (short documentary), New Yorker, 1957
  • Director, producer, cinematographer, and editor, The Sword and the Flute (short documentary), 1959
  • Director, The Householder (also known as Gharbar), Royal Productions, 1963
  • Director, producer, and cinematographer, The Delhi Way (documentary), 1964
  • Director, Shakespeare Wallah, Continental Distributing, 1965
  • Director, The Guru, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1968
  • Director, Bombay Talkie, Merchant-Ivory, 1970
  • Director and (with Ismail Merchant) producer, Savages, Angelika, 1972
  • Producer, Helen, Queen of the Nautch Girls (short film), New Yorker, 1973
  • Director, The Wild Party, American International Pictures, 1975
  • (With Merchant) Producer, Sweet Sounds, 1976
  • Director, Roseland, Cinema Shares, 1977
  • Director, The Europeans, Levitt-Pickman, 1979
  • Director, Quartet, New World Pictures, 1981
  • Director and performer on tampura, Heat and Dust, Universal, 1983
  • (With Merchant and Ruth Prawer Jhabvala) Producer, The Courtesans of Bombay (documentary), New Yorker, 1983
  • Director, The Bostonians, Almi, 1984
  • Director, A Room with a View, Cinecom International, 1986
  • (With Ermanno Olmi) Director, Maurice, Cinecom International, 1987
  • Director, Slaves of New York, TriStar, 1989
  • Director, Mr. & Mrs. Bridge, Miramax, 1990
  • Director, Howards End, Sony Picture Classics, 1992
  • Director, The Remains of the Day, Columbia, 1993
  • Director, Jefferson in Paris (also known as Jefferson a Paris), Buena Vista, 1995
  • (With Merchant) Director, Lumiere et compagnie (also known as Lumiere and Company and Lumiere y compania), Alta Films/Pierre Grise Distribution, 1995
  • Director, Surviving Picasso, Warner Bros., 1996
  • Director, A Soldier's Daughter Never Cries (also known as La fille d'un soldat ne pleure jamais), October Films, 1998
  • Director, The Golden Bowl (also known as La coupe d'or), Lions Gate Films, 2001
  • Director and producer, Le divorce, Fox Searchlight, 2003
  • Film Appearances
  • Man in warehouse, The Europeans, Levitt-Pickman, 1979
  • Television Work
  • Specials
  • Director, Adventures of a Brown Man in Search of Civilization (documentary), BBC (England), 1971
  • (With Ismail Merchant) Producer, Mahatma and the Mad Boy, 1973
  • Director, The Autobiography of a Princess, BBC, 1975
  • Director, Hullabaloo over Georgie and Bonnie's Pictures, ITV (England), 1978
  • Director, "The Five Forty Eight" (also known as "The 5:48"), 3 by Cheever, 1979
  • Director, Jane Austen in Manhattan, ITV, 1980
  • (With Merchant) Executive producer, "Noon Wine," American Playhouse, PBS, 1985
  • RECORDINGS
  • Albums
  • Participated in the recording Merchant Ivory Productions: 25th Anniversary, 1962-1987, 1988.
  • WRITINGS
  • Films
  • Venice: Theme and Variations (documentary), New Yorker, 1957
  • The Sword and the Flute (documentary), 1959
  • The Delhi Way (documentary), 1964
  • (With Ruth Prawer Jhabvala) Shakespeare Wallah, Continental Distributing, 1965, published by Grove (New York City), 1973
  • (With Jhabvala) The Guru, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1968
  • (With Jhabvala) Bombay Talkie, Merchant-Ivory, 1970
  • Savages, Angelika, 1972, published by Grove, 1973
  • Helen, Queen of the Nautch Girls (short film), New Yorker, 1973
  • (With Jhabvala) The Europeans (based on the novel by Henry James),Levitt-Pickman, 1979
  • (With Jhabvala) Quartet (based on the novel by Jean Rhys), New World Pictures, 1981
  • (With Kit Hesketh-Harvey) Maurice (based on the novel by E. M. Forster), Cinecom International, 1987
  • (With Jhabvala) A Soldier's Daughter Never Cries (based on a novelby Kaylie Jones; also known as La fille d'un soldat ne pleure jamais), October Films, 1998
  • (With Jhabvala) Le divorce, Fox Searchlight, 2003
  • Television Specials
  • Adventures of a Brown Man in Search of Civilization (documentary),BBC (England), 1971
  • Other
  • (Editor) Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, The Autobiography of a Princess: Also Being the Adventures of an American Film Director in the Land of the Maharajahs, Harper (New York City), 1975
  • Contributor to books, including John Pym's The Wandering Company: Twenty-One Years of Merchant Ivory Films, Museum of Modern Art (New York City), 1983. Contributor to periodicals.

Further Reference

OTHER SOURCES

    Books
    • Contemporary Authors, Volume 139, Gale, 1993
    • Encyclopedia of World Biography Supplement, Volume 20, Gale, 2000
    • International Dictionary of Films and Filmmakers, Volume 2: Directors, St. James Press, 1996
    • Long, Robert Emmet, The Films of Merchant Ivory, Harry N. Abrams (New York City), 1997
    • Pym, John, The Wandering Company: Twenty-One Years of Merchant Ivory Films, Museum of Modern Art (New York City), 1983
    Periodicals
    • American Cinematographer, November, 1993, p. 52
    • American Film, February, 1987, pp. 13, 54
    • Biography, November, 1998
    • Commonweal, February 8, 1991, p. 100
    • Interview, November, 1990, p. 128
    • Nation, April 27, 1992, p. 570
    • New Republic, December 24, 1990, p. 26
    • Newsweek, March 10, 1986, p. 74
    • New York, October 5, 1987, pp. 62, 66
    • New Yorker, December 3, 1990, p. 170; May 4, 1992, p. 74
    • People, October 26, 1987
    • Smithsonian, March, 1995, p. 94
    • Time, March 16, 1992, p. 72
    Electronic
    • Merchant-Ivory, http://www.merchantivory.com, December 22, 2002

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