23 Facts About James Ivory


James Ivory was born in Berkeley, California, the son of Hallie Millicent and Edward Patrick James Ivory, a sawmill operator.

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James Ivory attended the University of Oregon, where he received a degree in fine arts in 1951.

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James Ivory is a recipient of the Lawrence Medal, UO's College of Design's highest honor for its graduates.

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James Ivory's papers are held by UO Libraries' Special Collections and University Archives.

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James Ivory then attended the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts, where he directed the short film Four in the Morning .

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James Ivory wrote, photographed, and produced Venice: Theme and Variations, a half-hour documentary submitted as his thesis film for his master's degree in cinema.

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James Ivory met producer Ismail Merchant at a screening of James Ivory's documentary The Sword and the Flute in New York City in 1959.

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In May 1961, Merchant and James Ivory formed the film production company Merchant James Ivory Productions.

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James Ivory owned several homes, including the Jacob Rutsen Van Rensselaer House and Mill Complex in Claverack, New York.

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James Ivory received Best Director nominations from the British Academy Film Awards, the Golden Globes Awards, and the Directors Guild of America.

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In 1992, Merchant-James Ivory tackled their third Forster adaptation, Howards End, based on the acclaimed novel and starring Emma Thompson, Helena Bonham Carter, Anthony Hopkins, and Vanessa Redgrave.

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James Ivory received his second Academy Award for Best Director nomination.

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James Ivory received nominations from the British Academy Film Awards, Golden Globe Awards, and Directors Guild of America.

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In 2017, James Ivory wrote and co-produced the film adaptation of Call Me by Your Name, a coming-of-age romantic drama film directed by Luca Guadagnino.

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James Ivory originally was to co-direct the film based on Guadagnino's suggestion however there was no contract to that effect.

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James Ivory accepted the offer to co-direct on the condition that he would write the film; he spent "about nine months" on the screenplay.

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James Ivory stepped down from a directorial role in 2016, leaving Guadagnino to direct the film alone.

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James Ivory became the sole-credited screenwriter The film was the only narrative feature he has written but not directed.

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James Ivory was nominated for his fourth Academy Award this time for Best Adapted Screenplay for which he won.

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James Ivory received the BAFTA Award for Best Adapted Screenplay and Writers Guild of America Award for Best Adapted Screenplay.

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In 1992 James Ivory directed another film adapted from Forster, Howards End.

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James Ivory was nominated for the AACTA International Award for Best Screenplay, and the Gotham Independent Film Award for Best Screenplay.

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At 89, James Ivory is the oldest person to ever win an Academy Award in competition.

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