Ira Levin: 1929-2007

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Let’s take a moment to remember Ira Levin. The best-selling author and lifetime New Yorker died of a heart attack on Monday. Levin was a pioneer in the field of turning his books into movies: The guy wrote Rosemary’s Baby, The Boys From Brazil, The Stepford Wives, Sliver and A Kiss Before Dying throughout his long and storied career.

Over the years, Levin observed:

  • When the Devil incarnates on the earthly plane… odds are it will be in the Upper West Side.

  • That the Connecticut suburbs are scary places filled with brainwashed robots.

  • Sometimes, Sir Laurence Olivier is the only one who can save the world from Gregory Peck‘s horde of Nazi clones.

    We miss you already, Ira. The author is survived by three sons and three grandsons.