Famed novelist and Broadway playwright Ira
Levin suffered a fatal heart attack last night, Monday November 12, in his Manhattan apartment. He was 78 years old. Ira Levin was the best-selling author of
horror classic "Rosemary's Baby," thriller "The Boys from Brazil" and
satire "The Stepford Wives."
Born August 27, 1929, Levin became interested in writing at
an early age and began working as a television writer before finishing his
first novel, the acclaimed "A Kiss Before Dying." His debut won the Edgar Allan
Poe Award as the best first novel of 1953.
In addition to Tony Award-nominated Deathtrap (1978), Levin penned eight other Broadway plays: No Time for Sergeants (1955), Interlock (1958), Critic's Choice (1960), General
Seegar (1962), Dr. Cook's Garden (1967), Veronica's Room (1973) and Break a Leg (1979). His musical Drat! The Cat! (1965) starred Lesley Ann Warren and Elliot Gould, and featured the song "He Touched Me," popularized by Barbra Streisand.
Many of Levin's books later became movies, including Rosemary's Baby starring Mia Farrow, The Boys from Brazil, The Stepford Wives and Sliver.
Funeral arrangements are pending. Twice divorced, he is
survived by three sons, Jared, Adam, and Nicholas and three grandsons.