Ira Levin was twenty-two when he wrote his first novel, the crime classic A Kiss Before Dying. It was followed by his first play – the hit adaptation of Mac Hyman's No Time for Sergeants. Both were adapted for the screen, launching a career that was distinguished by success as both a novelist and playwright.

Levin's iconic, culturally-indelible novels continue to resonate some fifty years after their writing, their landmark plots suspending disbelief through an eerily palpable sense of reality achieved through the crafting of fully-dimensional characters (Rosemary's Baby), ever-ratcheting tension (The Stepford Wives), iron-clad plotting (The Boys from Brazil), and uncanny prescience (This Perfect Day).

His plays include the daring psychological thriller Veronica's Room, the theatrical revenge comedy Break a Leg, a musical – Drat! The Cat! (which yielded the Streisand standard He Touched Me), and of course, Deathtrap – the longest-running thriller in Broadway history, and its fifth longest-running (non-musical) play.

A native New Yorker and graduate of the Horace Mann School and New York University, Levin was a Tony Award nominee, and recipient of lifetime achievement awards from the Mystery Writers of America and the Horror Writers Association. He served on the council of the Dramatists Guild until his death in 2007.