Rita Lakin

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Rita Lakin[1] (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 began working regularly during the early 1960s on such television series 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 became first female [non-actress] [clarification needed] prime time executive producer.[citation needed]

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.[2]


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


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


  1. ^ Profile, imdb.com; accessed November 29, 2014.
  2. ^ a b Official website, ritalakin.com; accessed November 29, 2014.
  3. ^ Profile, fantasticfiction.co.uk; accessed November 29, 2014.