American screenwriter and novelist Rita Lakin will discuss her career in television and screenwriting on Sunday, Sept. 18 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Beverly Hills Public Library.
Lakin is considered a pioneer for being a female scriptwriter in the early 1960s when Hollywood’s television industry was almost exclusively male. Her memoir, “The Only Woman in the Room,” is about a time when women were not considered worthy or welcome at the creative table. Her courage, fortitude and self-confidence helped propel her from being a secretary to becoming an executive producer and showrunner.
Lakin began writing in the early 1960s for the television shows “The Doctor,” “Dr. Kildare” and “Peyton Place.” In 1968, she began working as story editor and head writer of “The Mod Squad,” and in 1972, she created “The Rookies.” In 1977, she served as executive producer of the CBS Television adaptation of the 1954 film “Executive Suite.”
Lakin also wrote numerous “Movies of the Week” including “Women in Chains” and miniseries such as “Strong Medicine” and “Voices of the Heart.”
The Library is located at 444 N. Rexford Drive, Beverly Hills. For information, call (310)288-2211, or visit www.bhpl.org.
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