Filmmaker Ismail Merchant, May 25Filmmaker Ismail Merchant, who with partner James Ivory became synonymous with classy costume drama in films such as "A Room With a View" and "Howards End," died on March 25. He was 68. Merchant died surrounded by family and friends at a hospital in London. Born in Bombay, Merchant spent most of his life in the West and had been ill for some time. He recently underwent surgery for abdominal ulcers.
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