Architect of Success

In the dark, drab Chicago flat where he was born and brought up, there was no money for such luxuries as college. But Bill Pereira was ambitious, so he figured out a scheme with his elder brother Harold. Hal got a job as a draftsman, helped pay Bill's way through architectural school. When Bill finally began to prosper, he paid Hal back by taking him on as a partner.

By such single-minded planning, William Leonard Pereira has become, at 37, something of a phenomenon in two different fields: architecture and the movies. In his Los Angeles office, he and a...

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