About Carla Malden


My Story

Raised in Los Angeles, Carla Malden began her career working in motion picture production and development before becoming a screenwriter. Along with her father, Academy Award–winning actor Karl Malden, she coauthored his critically acclaimed memoir, When Do I Start?.

More recently, Malden published AfterImage: A Brokenhearted Memoir of A Charmed Life, a fiercely personal account of battling the before and surviving the after of losing her first husband to cancer.

Carla’s feature writing has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, highlighting the marvels and foibles of Southern California and Hollywood.

Carla turned to fiction with SEARCH HEARTACHE (2019), followed by SHINE UNTIL TOMORROW (2021) — a novel for both Young Adults and Young-at-Heart Adults, available where books are sold. She lives in Los Angeles, California.


Carla Malden is a native of Los Angeles, California. She 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. She worked extensively in the film business, both in production and development. She co-wrote 12 feature screenplays and co-produced and co-wrote an award-winning short romantic comedy, Whit & Charm, which screened at eight major film festivals.

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“Emotionally raw from start to finish, the story . . . also celebrates a rare and profound love that transcended death. A brutally candid memoir of the ‘all-consuming and profoundly uncomplicated’ power of grief.”

— Kirkus Reviews of Afterimage