Ghostbuster's Daughter
From the daughter of Ghostbusters star Harold Ramis comes a hilarious and heartwarming account of his life, work, and legacy.Most of us know Harold Ramis as the filmmaker and actor who brought warmth and humor to the big screen in classics like Caddyshack, Ghostbusters, National Lampoon's Vacation, Groundhog Day, and National Lampoon's Animal House. To Violet Ramis, he was best known as an amazing father, confidant, and friend. In Ghostbuster's Daughter, Violet reflects on the life and legacy of her father, providing readers with an extraordinarily candid and insightful look into the man who helped shape modern American comedy.Funny, endearing, and vulnerable, Ghostbuster's Daughter takes readers into the personal life of an American comedy icon, from his humble roots in Chicago and his ascension into Hollywood superstardom to his personal philosophies on life, love, and filmmaking. While the book serves as a comprehensive biography of her father's filmmaking career, Ghostbuster's Daughter is also an homage to their special father/daughter relationship. Violet weaves anecdotes about her father's unique and devoted parenting style among stories of her own unconventional upbringing, ultimately allowing readers to see a more vivid portrait of the man behind the camera. An incredibly personal biography as well as a charming family story for the ages, Ghostbuster's Daughter is an intimate look at one of America's preeminent comedy filmmakers.

Ghostbuster's Daughter Details

TitleGhostbuster's Daughter
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJun 5th, 2018
PublisherDutton
ISBN-139780735217874
Rating
GenreAutobiography, Memoir, Nonfiction, Biography, Biography Memoir

Ghostbuster's Daughter Review

  • Sean Gibson
    January 1, 1970
    Reviewed for Kirkus: https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-re...More like 3.5 stars.Full disclosure: Harold Ramis is, in my humble opinion, a comedy god, Ghostbusters is the greatest movie ever made, and one of the greatest tragedies in the history of the arts is that Ghostbusters 3 never actually became a thing. That might have influenced my star rating.If you love Ramis, this will be interesting (and I mean the full Ramis oeuvre--not just one or two movies, as there's not that much detail about a Reviewed for Kirkus: https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-re...More like 3.5 stars.Full disclosure: Harold Ramis is, in my humble opinion, a comedy god, Ghostbusters is the greatest movie ever made, and one of the greatest tragedies in the history of the arts is that Ghostbusters 3 never actually became a thing. That might have influenced my star rating.If you love Ramis, this will be interesting (and I mean the full Ramis oeuvre--not just one or two movies, as there's not that much detail about any particular film).
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  • Kevin
    January 1, 1970
    Violet Ramis Stiel's affectionate memoir of her father, writer-director-producer-actor Harold Ramis (GROUNDHOG DAY, ANIMAL HOUSE, CADDYSHACK, GHOSTBUSTERS), offers an overview of both his successful career and their often chaotic family life. At one point, Ramis tells his daughter, "I think, really, being an adult is about acknowledging ambiguity in all areas of life and finding a way to be okay with that." Stiel embraces the disorder of her childhood and her father's life.Stiel's parents had a Violet Ramis Stiel's affectionate memoir of her father, writer-director-producer-actor Harold Ramis (GROUNDHOG DAY, ANIMAL HOUSE, CADDYSHACK, GHOSTBUSTERS), offers an overview of both his successful career and their often chaotic family life. At one point, Ramis tells his daughter, "I think, really, being an adult is about acknowledging ambiguity in all areas of life and finding a way to be okay with that." Stiel embraces the disorder of her childhood and her father's life.Stiel's parents had a "marital arrangement of low-key nonmonogamy." When Stiel was eight, her parents decided to divorce because Ramis had fallen in love with his personal assistant (and soon-to-be second wife, Erica). That same year, Ramis and his daughter visited director Amy Heckerling (FAST TIMES AT RIDGEMONT HIGH) in the hospital after she'd given birth. Later, Stiel discovered her dad had fathered Heckerling's baby girl. From an early age, Stiel visited the sets of most of her father's films, graduating to bit parts and working behind the scenes. The book ends with heartfelt memories of her father's four-year battle with debilitating vasculitis and a brain hemorrhage--something the family kept hidden. The secret kept his career safe but left the family without emotional support from loved ones.GHOSTBUSTER'S DAUGHTER is a genuine love letter to Harold Ramis from his adoring but clear-eyed, shrewd and opinionated daughter. Her portrait captures her father from all sides, calling him a "perfectly imperfect person" and "the best father I could have ever imagined." Fans will enjoy Stiel's deeply personal, irreverent and loving valentine to her beloved father.Harold Ramis's daughter remembers her beloved father and her disorderly childhood in this supremely loving but emotionally candid memoir.
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  • J.A. McNeil
    January 1, 1970
    Couldn’t put it down and read the entire book in one day. Here was my adolescence through adulthood juxtaposed with one of my favorite actors and screenwriters life story. The brave memoir of Harold Ramis’ daughter is honest, eye-opening, and beautifully told with candid photos and countless interesting anecdotes. Ramis is someone I would love to have as a girlfriend, next door neighbor or fellow colleague. Who would have had such a rare glimpse into a Hollywood success story? Not only did she l Couldn’t put it down and read the entire book in one day. Here was my adolescence through adulthood juxtaposed with one of my favorite actors and screenwriters life story. The brave memoir of Harold Ramis’ daughter is honest, eye-opening, and beautifully told with candid photos and countless interesting anecdotes. Ramis is someone I would love to have as a girlfriend, next door neighbor or fellow colleague. Who would have had such a rare glimpse into a Hollywood success story? Not only did she live the Hollywood dream life, she survived it while somehow remaining in touch with her true self. By the end of the book, we feel the depth her grief losing such a creative genius as a father and a loving role model. Sure, this father and daughter relationship is unusual, and there is a fair amount of co-dependency. What makes their story delightful in an all too imperfect world is the constant love and humor that made somehow makes it all better.
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  • Kathy (Bermudaonion)
    January 1, 1970
    3.75 stars
  • Patricia
    January 1, 1970
    Honest, heartwarming and humorous. I wouldn't want to have know Violet in high school, but I'd love to meet her now!
  • Diana Brown
    January 1, 1970
    Violet Stiel loves her Daddy. She knows many of us love him too. And now that he has died, she'd like two things:1. To keep him as alive as she can through memories and affectionate tribute2. For you to know the man she knew, and love him as she did.This book is not a biography of Ramis or his daughter. Rather, it's a memoir - a glimpse into each of their lives, following the thread of where those two lives intersected. It is the story of Violet's rare relationship with an uncommon man, and how Violet Stiel loves her Daddy. She knows many of us love him too. And now that he has died, she'd like two things:1. To keep him as alive as she can through memories and affectionate tribute2. For you to know the man she knew, and love him as she did.This book is not a biography of Ramis or his daughter. Rather, it's a memoir - a glimpse into each of their lives, following the thread of where those two lives intersected. It is the story of Violet's rare relationship with an uncommon man, and how he shaped her world and her heart. This is not the dramatic Biography of a Famous Man. It's not the Heartbreaking Memoir of a Dysfunctional Family. It's a love letter to Harold Ramis, from the person whose life he touched more deeply than any other, and invitation for you to see the man she saw. An invitation worth accepting.#EgonButNotForgotten
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  • Susan
    January 1, 1970
    That it's a memoir about the love between a daughter and a father is the main point here. There doesn't seem to be much acknowledgment though from the author on the relationship between the way she was parented and the destructive behaviors she engaged in during her younger years. What was positive in her life however gave her strength to surpass that. More importantly for me, Ramis Stiel seems unaware of her ignorance and dishonesty re: what upsets her about what she overhears at Yeshiva Univer That it's a memoir about the love between a daughter and a father is the main point here. There doesn't seem to be much acknowledgment though from the author on the relationship between the way she was parented and the destructive behaviors she engaged in during her younger years. What was positive in her life however gave her strength to surpass that. More importantly for me, Ramis Stiel seems unaware of her ignorance and dishonesty re: what upsets her about what she overhears at Yeshiva University's social work program. Ramis Stiel uses comments she may have overheard to generalize a whole group--exactly what she claims she doesn't want done to others (she says"highly ignorant and offensive"). Had she felt this was important to include in her book in order to deride a certain Jewish group? To show how "enlightened" she is? Jewish Orthodoxy isn't necessarily as "fundamentalist" as her late father counseled. I take issue with one comment she takes issue with: The question of why illegal aliens should or shouldn't get government services is a legitimate discussion point and not a topic that necessarily illustrates the questioner's character. It's interesting that elsewhere in the book the author flippantly remarks that she's "....partial to...Jewish girls who...aren't afraid of a good Holocaust joke..". Really? So I suppose her sensitivity to others ends when it suits her. May I judge her character? Paraphrasing Ramis Stiel (p271) I ask if she can clarify her point so I can understand. She may not be aware that what she's saying is rooted in hypocrisy, ignorance and intellectual dishonesty. She should know that her comments come across as highly ignorant and offensive.
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  • John
    January 1, 1970
    I will say it is in fact, impossible to put down. Finished it in a single day. Harold Ramis was a big part of my childhood, mainly through GHostbusters 1 and 2 playing repeatedly and overtime Stripes, Caddyshack, Vacation and Animal house. He very well a major part of what my comedy through his writing and occasionally acting. His daughter is equally as cool as him, maybe more so. This book was a joy to read. Violet Ramis Stiel wrote a loving book about her and her dad. It is all not airs and gr I will say it is in fact, impossible to put down. Finished it in a single day. Harold Ramis was a big part of my childhood, mainly through GHostbusters 1 and 2 playing repeatedly and overtime Stripes, Caddyshack, Vacation and Animal house. He very well a major part of what my comedy through his writing and occasionally acting. His daughter is equally as cool as him, maybe more so. This book was a joy to read. Violet Ramis Stiel wrote a loving book about her and her dad. It is all not airs and graces, but the telling a wonderful human being warts and all through the eyes of another wonderful human being who loved her dad so much. I cried through it at the emotions, at the love and the loss and if you ever loved something Ramis did, I think you will love this book too. One of my favorite parts were the picture, a set of color and black and white of Ramis who seems to have the most infectious smile looking at them. Also loved the little sections of some of the movies he made and after reading them, would love to recheck them out like bedazzled, multiplicity, year one and the Ice Harvest.Ramis was a great man and his movies and especially this book proves it.
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  • Tammie Gunter
    January 1, 1970
    This was a great book Makes me miss Harold. This was written by his daughter Violet. Her life with her dad was great , somewhat, divorce happens to her mom, he remarries. Its a great story and sad att he end to hear the last days of Harold's life. You will always be missed Harold. Several movies he made or directed she put chapters about them in the book, Stripes, Lampoons Vacation and more are in here.
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  • Bryan Summers
    January 1, 1970
    I loved this book. And Harold Ramis really came off as a good, good guy. It is a warts and all memoir but this guy doesn't have many warts. And he seems to be really grounded about the warts he has.That being said and the author would probably be horrified that I came away with this but man, divorce, even the most amicable (and this was pretty amicable) is devastating and destructive to kids. I don't want to be judgmental at all and Harold Ramis is a hero of mine, and my dad's divorce meant that I loved this book. And Harold Ramis really came off as a good, good guy. It is a warts and all memoir but this guy doesn't have many warts. And he seems to be really grounded about the warts he has.That being said and the author would probably be horrified that I came away with this but man, divorce, even the most amicable (and this was pretty amicable) is devastating and destructive to kids. I don't want to be judgmental at all and Harold Ramis is a hero of mine, and my dad's divorce meant that he met my mom and that was a good thing but man . . . divorce is rough on children.
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  • Cate
    January 1, 1970
    I absolutely loved this book. Egon was my favorite Ghostbuster. It was great to read about some of his work outside of acting. I read this on the heels of Caddyshack. It was also great to see the relationships of his co-workers through his daughter. They truly had an inspirational bond. I highly recommended this book!
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  • Kate
    January 1, 1970
    As someone who loved her parents fiercely and lost them both, I can relate to this book on many levels. As a fan of the man, this book was an inside look into some of the movies that I grew up on. So worth the read.
  • Denise
    January 1, 1970
    Absolutely beautiful memoir about life with the multi-talented Harold Ramis, written by his daughter, Violet. I love his movies and was pleased to read that he was a pretty cool guy.
  • Brendan Egan
    January 1, 1970
    RIP
  • Andrew
    January 1, 1970
    This book thoroughly explores Violet Ramis Stiel's relationship with her father, legendary comedy actor, writer and director Harold Ramis. The focus remains squarely on that relationship, and we learn as much about the author as we do about her famous father. While film fans may be looking for more in-depth analysis of Ramis' process as a filmmaker, and more information about the making of his films than we get here, this book gives some fascinating insight into Ramis as a father and as a man. T This book thoroughly explores Violet Ramis Stiel's relationship with her father, legendary comedy actor, writer and director Harold Ramis. The focus remains squarely on that relationship, and we learn as much about the author as we do about her famous father. While film fans may be looking for more in-depth analysis of Ramis' process as a filmmaker, and more information about the making of his films than we get here, this book gives some fascinating insight into Ramis as a father and as a man. To me, that is much more interesting.
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  • Terry Enright
    January 1, 1970
    I expected a little less Violet and a little more Harold. In retrospect though it is a about life with Dad, so I guess that's my bad.
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