Boris Leven

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Birthday
13, 1908
Birthplace
Russia
Death Date
Oct 11, 1986 (78)
Birth Sign
Leo
Birthday
13, 1908
Birthplace
Russia
Death Date
Oct 11, 1986 (78)

About

Best remembered for his Academy Award-winning art direction for the popular 1961 movie version of West Side Story, this cinematic artist and production designer also contributed to such films as Invaders from Mars, Anatomy of a Murder, The Sound of Music, and The Andromeda Strain.

Before Fame

In the late 1920s, he moved from Moscow, Russia to the United States. After earning a bachelor's degree in architecture from the University of Southern California, he trained at New York City's Beaux-Arts Institute of Design.

Trivia

For his work on both New York, New York and West Side Story, he recreated the New York cityscape on a sound stage.

Family Life

His marriage to Vera Glooshkoff lasted from 1946 until his death in 1986.

Associated With

As the designer for director George Stevens' 1956 film, Giant, Leven created an image of a Victorian house in the middle of a large field.