Ira Levin was born on August 27 in 1929 in New York. When he was 13 years old, the family moved uptown — Manhattan. Ira's father was a prosperous merchant toys. He longed for his son to follow in his footsteps. However, the commercial activities of the boy was not interested.
He loved to read detective stories, and stories about magic and witchcraft. As a teenager, Ira Levin began collecting books on all the mysterious and mystical. Approximately 12 years in Ira Levin became interested in theater, and this passion continued until the end of life.
After high school, he attended Drake University and then at New York University, where he studied philosophy and English. In 1950, he received a bachelor's degree in two subjects.
His first novel, "A Kiss Before Dying" Ira wrote in '22, for his author won the Edgar Allan Poe. The novel was made into a movie twice — in 1956 and 1991. At the end of 1953 Levin was drafted into the army, where he wrote many scripts for training films.
In 1955, Ira Levin made a theatrical adaptation of the acclaimed novel Poppy Haimon "No Time for Sergeants."
In 1967 he published a novel, "Rosemary's Baby" — the most famous novel Levin. This novel is about a young woman who unwillingly carried and gave birth to a child of Satan. In the U.S. alone has sold more than 5 million copies of "Rosemary's Baby." The novel has also been translated into many languages.
Ira Levin died November 12 in 2007 at the age of 78 in New York (USA).