Rita Lakin

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Rita Lakin[1] (born January 24, 1930) is the creator of the Gladdy Gold mystery books. These include Getting Old Is Murder, Getting Old Is The Best Revenge, and Getting Old Is Criminal. A pioneer of female Hollywood writers, she worked on shows such as Dr. Kildare, Peyton Place, Mod Squad & Dynasty. She created her own shows: The Rookies, Flamingo Road and Nightingales.

She also wrote many Movies of the Week and mini-series such as Death takes A Holiday, Women In Chains, Strong Medicine, and Voices of the Heart. She has also written two original theatrical plays, No Language But a Cry and Saturday Night at Grossinger’s (co-authored) which are still being produced.[2]


Her awards include Writers Guild of America, Mystery Writers of America’s Edgar Allan Poe Award [3] and the Avery Hopwood Award from the University of Michigan.[4]


Title Release
Getting Old Can Kill You June 28, 2011
Getting Old Is Très Dangereux June 22, 2010
Getting Old Is a Disaster December 30, 2008
Getting Old Is to Die For December 26, 2007
Getting Old Is Criminal May 1, 2007
Getting Old Is The Best Revenge March 28, 2006
Getting Old Is Murder October 25, 2005
A Sensitive, Passionate Man 1977
Demon Of The Night 1976

TV Credits[edit]

Show Year
Voice of the Heart (TV) (teleplay) 1990
Nightingales (TV) (story) 1988
Strong Medicine (aka Arthur Hailey's 'Strong Medicine') 1986
Peyton Place: The Next Generation 1985
Flamingo Road 1980
Torn Between Two Lovers(TV) (story) 1979
A Sensitive, Passionate Man 1977
Hey, I'm Alive 1975
The Rookies 1975
Last Bride of Salem 1974
Message to My Daughter 1973
A Summer Without Boys 1973
The Rookies (TV) (story) 1972
Women in Chains 1972
Death Takes a Holiday 1971
The Invaders 1967
Peyton Place 1964
The Doctors 1963