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Publisher's Summary

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 listeners with an extraordinarily candid and insightful look into the man who helped shape modern American comedy.

Funny, endearing, and vulnerable, Ghostbuster's Daughter takes listeners 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 listeners 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.

©2018 Violet Ramis Stiel (P)2018 Penguin Audio

What the critics say

“Stiel debuts with a family memoir that offers an intimate view of her father: writer, actor, and director Harold Ramis...a work sure to satisfy fans of Ramis, Stiel renders a three-dimensional image of her father as an emblematic figure in comedy.” (Publishers Weekly)

“Violet Ramis Stiel’s memoir of her famous dad, Harold Ramis, isn’t an exposé. It’s a Father’s Day card.” (The New York Daily News)

“An often-charming, complicated and sometimes harrowing memoir.” (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

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  • Brian S.
  • 2018-07-25

A heartfelt tribute to a truly great dad

A loss of a truly great father and wonderful artist. A look into the best of what we can be, flaws and all. To see Harold through his daughter's eyes is as heartwarming as it is heartbreaking. We, as a people, need more Harolds. People who, by simply existing, make the world a better place. Unjudgemental, accepting, and open minded to life in all it's failures and successes. Thank you Violet.

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  • Phyllis Henkel
  • 2020-09-13

Violet you told this story beautifully !

I just finished listening to your great story about your Dad! I loved every minute of it! I think what I liked the best, is that even though he had more children, he always managed to find special time with you, traveling to visit you, I never had that with my Dad! I wish I had Harold Ramis as a friend. Thank you for your story Violet!

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  • Jamie McCoy
  • 2020-03-08

I lost interest when he killed the cat!!!

Not very interesting in the first place but when she talked about how her father killed a feral cat for no reason, I lost all interest in this book. Save your time and money and buy something else worth listening to. So disappointing.

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  • Michael
  • 2019-11-18

Great

I am just finishing up with this listen. I have always loved the behind the scenes of Hollywood and the people who have made some of my favorite films. This is a heart felt homage to a great person--professionally and personally.

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  • Eddie
  • 2019-10-16

For the fans.

Very interesting book, made me like Harold Ramis slightly less as a person, but enjoy his wonderful movies slightly more. his daughter is unapologetic about being a horrible person which impresses me. Many times her personal choices and views infuriated me greatly which I believe proves this book really had me hooked.

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  • Suzanne
  • 2019-06-24

Great voice talent, but

... I couldn’t stop myself from thinking, “what a spoiled brat” at so many points throughout the book. Given, she owns up to this spoiled brattiness and and isn’t completely disillusioned about herself, but I found her frustrating as she recounted some of her life events. Still, I listened all the way through as best I could. I enjoyed her reading voice and she truly reads it smoothly. I appreciate her not mailing it in, in all regards.

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  • Stittsville Shopper
  • 2018-06-11

It's a good book and worth a listen...

It's a good book and worth a listen but Violet Ramis comes across as a real life case of arrested development. A spoiled brat with a narrow view.

That said Harold Ramis had an interesting life - more interesting that I thought.

I laugh still think of So Your Dead. Now What?