Harold Levitt, a veteran architect who designed homes for the rich and famous, including Walter Mirisch, Steven Spielberg and Lew Wasserman, has died. He was 81.
Levitt, who retired to Reno two years ago, died of natural causes Thursday at his vacation home in Las Vegas.
The Wassermans' modern glass-walled mansion may be among the best known of Levitt's creations because of its use over many years as a venue for fund-raising events for politicians and organizations such as the Los Angeles Music Center's Center Theatre Group.
But over Levitt's half-century career, the architect also created homes for such show-business personalities as Olivia Newton John, Ross Hunter, Quincy Jones, Burt Lancaster, Dean Martin, Debbie Reynolds, Lionel Ritchie, Kenny Rogers and Hal Wallis.
He also designed such commercial projects as the Riviera Hotel in Las Vegas and the Academy of Motion Pictures, Arts & Sciences in Los Angeles.