Ira Levin, a writer whose bestselling novels are probably most remembered by the movies made from them, has died. From the Associated Press (“‘Rosemary’s Baby’ Author Dies in NY,” by Larry McShane):
NEW YORK (AP) – Best-selling writer Ira Levin, whose genre-hopping novels such as the horror classic “Rosemary’s Baby” and the Nazi thriller “The Boys From Brazil” provided meaty movie roles for Mia Farrow and Laurence Olivier, has died of a heart attack, his agent said Tuesday. He was 78.
Levin’s page-turning books were once compared by Newsweek writer Peter S. Frescott to a bag of popcorn: “Utterly without nutritive value and probably fattening, yet there’s no way to stop once you’ve started.”