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The Only Woman in the Room

4.28  ·  Rating details ·  40 ratings  ·  8 reviews
(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. Wido ...more
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published October 15th 2015 by Applause Theater & Cinema Books
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Neil Plakcy
Aug 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I loved this light, breezy look at what it was like to be a woman writer on popular TV programs over several decades.
I started this book intending to read a quarter, then to the halfway mark, and by then I was rushing toward the end. Lakin is a talented professional writer and her memoirs fly by. The first 60% is a gem, as she enters the workforce in the early 60s to support herself and her kids after her husband's untimely death. Lakin learns to assert herself, to claim a professional identity, and to write TV and movie scripts for a living. This is all framed against lovely glimpses of her three children, a ...more
Sep 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This delightful memoir offers a rare look behind the scenes at some turning-point TV shows back when television was first taking off: Doctor Kildare, The Mod Squad, Peyton Place, The Rookies. Rita Lakin didn't set out to be a Hollywood screenwriter -- in those days, that wasn't an option for a woman. Widowed with three young children, her urgent quest was to support her family. Not surprisingly, she got in the the back way, as a secretary. Hard work and some lucky breaks turned a few brick walls ...more
Oct 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: autobiographies
I found this memoir written by Rita Lakin, a television script writer from the 1960's through the 1980's, entertaining and compelling reading. I lived through similar experiences in searching for a job, a husband, raising three children and working fulltime. It is at best a difficult balancing act. I was frequently "the only woman in the room" in my profession at the time so found her memoir especially interesting. It is filled with anecdotes about famous Hollywood people and popular television ...more
Feb 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
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I loved this book! I won it on Good Reads Giveaway and I have to be honest, it is not a book I would have picked out to read. I can happily say that from the moment I opened the book I was hooked....her story has you turning the page wanting more. I enjoyed her writing felt like she was sitting across from me telling me her life over a cup of coffee. So riveting to see how she paved the road for women and I love her spirit to keep true to who she is thru her journey as the only woman ...more
Gail O'Connor
Nov 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
A very well-written and honest portrayal of her life in Hollywood. Marvelous insight into her struggles and her relationships with her peers.

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Jun 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
I picked up this book off the shelf in my local library purely out of curiosity: I'm currently studying scriptwriting so this book practically yelled out to me to borrow it, and borrow it I did. I hadn't heard of Rita Lakin before (I'm in the early stages of becoming a scriptwriter) and nor did I realise that behind-the-scenes Hollywood was such a sexist industry back in the 60s/70s/80s (heck, even right up to now). Maybe I assumed it had been something like that because when Lakin described the ...more
Mar 07, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyable look at behind-the-scenes Hollywood/TV while the women's movement gained steam. Old habits die hard.
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After being widowed at a young age with three small children, Rita Lakin began an extensive writing career, which has included staff writing on television programs such as Peyton Place, Mod Squad, Dynasty, and Strong Medicine, as well as creating original series such as The Rookies. She has won an Edgar Allen Poe award for her screenwriting, as well as receiving several other award nominations, an ...more