CARLA MALDEN has been a screenwriter and published author for over twenty years. With her husband, Laurence Starkman, she wrote twelve feature screenplays which have been optioned by producers such as Jonathan Sanger, Nick Vanoff, Tamara Asseyev and Robert Rehme. The screenwriting team of Malden & Starkman served as rewrite guns-for-hire on feature films and cable programs. Malden co-wrote and produced the short romantic comedy Whit & Charm, which screened at eight major film festivals, including The Hamptons, and won several awards. She also co-created and wrote a series of Cine Golden Eagle Award winning Art History films produced in association with The Detroit Institute of Art and The National Gallery.
Raised in Los Angeles, Malden began her career as the assistant to renowned director Elia Kazan, on his final film, The Last Tycoon. She went on to work in production and development for such producer/directors as Warren Beatty and John Wilder. She later became Production Coordinator on several feature films and movies for television.
Along with her father, Academy Award winning actor Karl Malden, she co-authored his critically acclaimed memoir, "When Do I Start?," published by Simon & Schuster, was hailed as “a joy to read, written with passionate intensity,” and “the best of the bunch.” Booklist remarked: “Carla Malden tells [this] story engagingly and literately.” Malden graduated Magna Cum Laude from U.C.L.A. with a Bachelor of Arts in English, and was inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa Society for her academic achievement.