Left Coast Writers®: Rita Lakin - The Only Woman in the Room (Corte Madera)

Monday, January 4, 2016 - 7:00pm

Left Coast Writers® Salon

Writers, if you are thinking about taking your writing from the page to the screen at some point, you might want to take advantage of the opportunity to spend an evening with notable staff writer, producer and show biz professional, Rita Lakin.

Rita Lakin was a pioneer, a female script writer in the early 1960s when Hollywood Television was exclusively male.  For years, in creative meetings she was literally the only woman in the room.  In this breezy but heartfelt remembrance, Lakin exposes us to a long-forgotten time when women were not considered worthy or welcome at the creative table.  Widowed with three young children, she talked herself into a secretarial job at Universal Studios in 1962, despite being unable to type or take dictation.  But with guts, skill and humor she rose from secretary to free-lancer, to staff writer, to producer, to executive producer and show-runner, meeting hundreds of famous and infamous show biz legends along the way during her long and unexpected career.  She introduced many women into the business and was a feminist before she even knew she was a feminist. Unknown to the general public, she reached an audience of millions week after week, year after year.

The relevance of her personal journey, charming yet occasionally shocking, will be an eye-opener to today’s readers who take for granted the abundance of female creative talent in today’s Hollywood.

 

Location: 
51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925
The Only Woman in the Room: Episodes in My Life and Career as a Television Writer Cover Image
$29.99
ISBN: 9781495014055
Availability: Special Order
Published: Applause Theatre & Cinema Book Publishers - September 1st, 2015

(Applause Books). Rita Lakin was a pioneer a female scriptwriter in the early 1960s when Hollywood television was exclusively male. For years, in creative meetings she was literally "the only woman in the room." In this breezy but heartfelt remembrance, Lakin takes readers to a long-forgotten time when women were not considered worthy or welcome at the creative table.