Rita Lakin

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Rita Lakin[1] is an American screenwriter, novelist, and author of the forthcoming memoir, "The Only Woman In The Room," scheduled for release October 2015 by Applause publishing. In fiction, she created the Gladdy Gold Mystery seven-book series (published by Bantam Books) , including Getting Old Is Murder, Getting Old Is The Best Revenge, and Getting Old Can Kill You.

Lakin began writing regularly during the early 1960s for such television shows as The Doctors, Dr. Kildare and Peyton Place. In 1968, she began working as story editor and head writer of The Mod Squad. In 1972, she created The Rookies. In 1977, she served as executive producer of the CBS TV adaptation of the 1954 film Executive Suite. She wrote numerous "Movies of the Week" including Women in Chains, and such miniseries as Strong Medicine and Voices of the Heart. In 1981, she developed the TV series adaptation and served as show-runner of Flamingo Road. In 1989, she co-created the medical drama Nightingales. She also wrote or co-authored two original theatrical plays, No Language But a Cry and Saturday Night at Grossinger's.[2]


Rita Lakin has won awards for her writing including the Writers Guild of America Award,[3] the Edgar Allan Poe Award[4] and the Avery Hopwood Award from the University of Michigan.[2]


Title Release
The Only Woman In The Room October 20, 2015
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 Summer Without Boys 1976
The Four Coins Of The Kaballah (formerly Demon Of The Night) 1976


Rita Lakin has written 464 episodes, eight movies of the week, and two miniseries, spanning 30 television productions. She Executive Produced three of these shows, Nightingales, Flamingo Road, and Executive Suite, and was a creative consultant on 60 television episodes and a MOW. She is also the creator of the crime drama series The Rookies, and the prime time soap Flamingo Road, and co-creator with Howard Lakin and Frank Furino of the original medical drama Nightingales produced by Aaron Spelling.[5]


  1. ^ Profile, imdb.com; accessed November 29, 2014.
  2. ^ a b Official website, ritalakin.com; accessed November 29, 2014.
  3. ^ WGA Awards, Writers Guild of America Award for Television: Episodic Drama
  4. ^ Profile, fantasticfiction.co.uk; accessed November 29, 2014.
  5. ^ IMDB