Rita Lakin

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Rita Lakin[1] is an American screenwriter, with 474 produced television scripts spanning 30 productions. She is also a novelist and author of "The Only Woman In The Room," a memoire of her life as one of the first female show runners and one of the first women in television (released October 2015, Applause publishing). In fiction, Lakin 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 nominations and 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 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 US medical drama Nightingales produced by Aaron Spelling.[5]

Series Episodes / Type Year
Dr. Kildare A Candle in the Window 1964
Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre The Shattered Glass 1964
Daniel Boone The Reunion 1965
The Virginian Jennifer 1965
Peyton Place 1965-1966
Run for Your Life A Choice of Evils 1967
The Invaders Moonshot 1967
The Doctors 1967-1969
The Outsider 1969
Family Affair 1968-1969
The Mod Squad 1969-1971
Death Takes a Holiday TV Movie 1971
Women in Chains TV Movie 1972
A Summer Without Boys TV Movie 1973
Message to My Daughter TV Movie 1973
The ABC Afternoon Playbreak Last Bride of Salem 1974
The Rookies 1972-1975
Medical Center 1975
Hey, I'm Alive TV Movie 1975
Medical Story Us Against the World 1975
A Sensitive, Passionate Man TV Movie 1975
Torn Between Two Lovers TV Movie 1975
Executive Suite TV Series, Executive Producer 1976
Flamingo Road 1980-1982
Emerald Point 1984
Her Life as a Man TV Movie, Executive Consultant 1984
Peyton Place: The Next Generation TV Movie 1985
Strong Medicine TV Miniseries 1986
Dynasty 1987
Nightingales Creator, Supervising Producer, Writer TV Movie 1988
Voice of the Heart TV Miniseries 1989
Nightingales 1989


  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