In 1977, Lynn started her journalistic career when she became the film editor and gossip columnist for the now defunct Ritz Newspaper, published by David Bailey. Interview subjects included Frank Zappa. She also wrote the initial treatment, entitled Frantic: A Story About a Gossip Columnist, whose characters included a certain Romo Dolonski, a Polish film director out on bail for abducting a 12-year-old girl, for Don Boyd's abortive 1982 film Gossip.
^Coleridge, Nicholas (1982-08-02). "The best place to shoot the gossips". The Evening Standard. p. 19. "I met Frances Lynn who was then writing a very cafe society gossip column in Ritz Newspaper. She was absolutely crazy in those days. One evening we were having dinner and she suddenly said that she'd written a book, basically about herself and her life reporting parties. I immediately commissioned her to write me a treatment for a possible film." --Nicholas Coleridge|access-date= requires |url= (help)
^Fantoni, Barry. "Ritzy Lynne". Evening News. Francis "Lynne (Franny to the few friends she has left) wins my accolade as the bitchiest gossip columnist in town. As high-priestess of the single-entendre, she has assassinated everybody who is anybody in her two-page column in the bi-monthly magazine, Ritz. Her list of victims includes people like Elkie Brooks, Roman Polanski, Diana Rigg, Yves St. Laurent, Elton John and the Eagles. I would like to give some examples of her killing technique - but I can't in case I get into trouble. Asked if she had, in fact, received any writs lately she replied demurely: 'Of course not'. In a more familiar vein, she added: 'If I had, I wouldn't tell you, dahling.'"|access-date= requires |url= (help)