Rita Lakin (born January 24, 1930) is an American writer. She created the Gladdy Gold Mystery book series which include Getting Old Is Murder, Getting Old Is The Best Revenge, and Getting Old Is Criminal.
Lakin wrote numerous "Movies of the Week" and such miniseries as Women In Chains, Strong Medicine, and Voices of the Heart. In 1981, she developed the TV series adaptation 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.