Ira Levin

Ira Levin


Born
in The Bronx, New York City, New York, The United States
August 27, 1929

Died
November 12, 2007

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Levin graduated from the Horace Mann School and New York University, where he majored in philosophy and English.

After college, he wrote training films and scripts for television.

Levin's first produced play was No Time for Sergeants (adapted from Mac Hyman's 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 Don Knotts, Griffith's long-time co-star and friend. No Time for Sergeants is generally considered the precursor to Gomer Pyle, USMC.

Levin's first novel, A Kiss Before Dying, was well received, earning him the 1954 Edgar Award for Best First Novel. A Kiss Before Dying was turned into a movie twice, first in 1956,
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“Anyone who needs more than one suitcase is a tourist, not a traveler”
Ira Levin, Rosemary's Baby

“Being happy or unhappy - is that really the most important thing? Knowing the truth would be a different kind of happiness - a more satisfying kind, I think, even if it turned out to be a sad kind.”
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“You're not going to get any true confessions out of me," she said. "I'm a Leo, and our thing is changing the subject.”
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