James Ivory

4th Annual Rome International Film Festival - "The City of Your Final Destination" Photocall

Ivory in 2009, photo by Prphotos

Birth Name: Richard Jerome Hazen

Place of Birth: Berkeley, Alameda, California, United States

Date of Birth: June 7, 1928

Ethnicity: Anglo-Irish

James Ivory is an American director and writer. He has directed the films The Householder, Shakespeare Wallah, The Guru (1969), Bombay Talkie, Savages (1972), Autobiography of a Princess, The Wild Party (1975), Roseland, The Europeans (1979), Jane Austen in Manhattan, Quartet (1981), Heat and Dust, The Bostonians (1984), A Room with a View (1985), Maurice (1987), Slaves of New York, Mr. & Mrs. Bridge, Howards End (1992), The Remains of the Day, Jefferson in Paris, a segment of Lumière and Company; Surviving Picasso, A Soldier’s Daughter Never Cries, The Golden Bowl (2000), Le Divorce, The White Countess, and The City of Your Final Destination; the made-for-tv movies Hullabaloo Over Georgie and Bonnie’s Pictures and The Five Forty-Eight (1979), and the documentaries The Delhi Way and Adventures of a Brown Man in Search of Civilization. He also wrote the film Call Me by Your Name, for which he won the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay; co-wrote the docudrama The Courtesans of Bombay; co-wrote his own first four films, as well as Maurice, Soldier’s Daughter, and Le Divorce; and wrote his documentaries.

James is the son of Hallie Millicent (DeLoney) and Edward Patrick Ivory, who were his adoptive parents. He was raised partly in Klamath Falls, Oregon. He has said that his biological parents were Anglo-Irish, from London and Dublin, respectively. James had often worked with producer Ismail Merchant (born Ismail Noor Muhammad Abdul Rahman), who was from Bombay, India, and with whom he founded Merchant Ivory Productions; and with screenwriter Ruth Prawer Jhabvala. Ismail was also his life partner.

Edward Ivory was the son of John F. Ivory and Mary A. Condon, who were Irish, with Mary having been from County Cork. Hallie DeLoney was the daughter of Isaac Fox Deloney, who was born in Alabama or Arkansas, and Hallie Hailey, who was from Arkansas.

Sources: https://www.nytimes.com

James Ivory on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
James Ivory on the 1940 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

James’ adoptive father on the 1910 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Genealogy of James’ adoptive mother (through her brother) – https://www.wikitree.com

1 Response

  1. tomoyo says:

    Hallie and Edward aren’t his biological parents:
    “Born Richard Jerome Hazen and renamed as an infant by his adoptive parents, Ivory is now 93.”

    “Ivory recently found out that his biological parents were Anglo-Irish, specifically from London and Dublin, “and that makes sense to me,” he says.”

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