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August 27, 1929|
The Bronx, New York City,
New York, United States
|Died||November 12, 2007
Manhattan, New York City,
New York, United States
Professional life 
After college, Levin wrote training films and scripts for radio and television. The first of these was "Leda’s Portrait", for Lights Out in 1951.
Levin's first produced play was No Time for Sergeants (adapted from the Mac Hyman novel), a comedy about a hillbilly drafted into the United States Air Force that launched the career of Andy Griffith. The play was turned into a movie in 1958, and co-starred Nick Adams., later developed into a 1964 television comedy series starring Sammy Jackson. No Time for Sergeants is generally considered the precursor to Gomer Pyle, USMC.
Levin's best-known play is Deathtrap, which holds the record as the longest-running comedy-thriller on Broadway and brought Levin his second Edgar Award. In 1982, it was made into a film starring Christopher Reeve and Michael Caine.
Levin's best-known novel is Rosemary's Baby, a horror story of modern day Satanism and other occultisms, set in Manhattan's Upper West Side. In 1968, it was made into a film starring Mia Farrow and John Cassavetes. Ruth Gordon won an Oscar for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for her performance. Roman Polanski, who wrote and directed the film, was nominated for Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium.
In the 1990s, Levin wrote two more bestselling novels: Sliver (1991) which became a film by Phillip Noyce, with Sharon Stone and Tom Berenger; and Son of Rosemary (1997), the sequel to Rosemary's Baby.
Stephen King has described Ira Levin as "the Swiss watchmaker of suspense novels, he makes what the rest of us do look like cheap watchmakers in drugstores." Chuck Palahniuk, in Stranger Than Fiction: True Stories, calls Levin's writing "a smart, updated version of the kind of folksy legends that cultures have always used."
Personal life 
Levin was married and divorced twice, first with Gabrielle Aronsohn, then with Phyllis Finkel, and had three sons, Adam, Jared, and Nicholas (from the first marriage) and four grandsons.
- A Kiss Before Dying (1953)
- Rosemary's Baby (1967)
- This Perfect Day (1970, winner 1992 Prometheus Hall of Fame Award)
- The Stepford Wives (1972)
- The Boys from Brazil (1976)
- Sliver (1991)
- Son of Rosemary (1997)
- No Time for Sergeants (1956)
- Interlock (1958)
- Critic's Choice (1960)
- General Seeger (1962)
- Dr. Cook's Garden (1968)
- Veronica's Room (1974)
- Deathtrap (1978) - Tony Nomination for Best Play
- Break a Leg: A Comedy in Two Acts (1981)
- Cantorial (1982)
- Fox, Margalit (2007-11-14). "Ira Levin, of ‘Rosemary’s Baby,’ Dies at 78". New York Times. Retrieved 2007-11-14.
- From www.imdb.com
- Hugh Ruppersburg, The New Georgia Encyclopedia Companion to Georgia Literature, page 220 (University of Georgia Press, 2007). ISBN 978-0-8203-2876-8
- "`Rosemary's Baby' Author Dies". Associated Press. Retrieved 2007-11-13.[dead link]
- "Ira Levin, author of chilling novels, dies at 78". International Herald Tribune. Retrieved 2007-11-14.
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