Hidden Hollywood Baby: ‘Ghostbusters’ Writer Fathered Secret Daughter With ‘Clueless’ Director
A Hollywood drama came to live! A comedy actor and writer Harold Ramis was a father to a secret daughter with Amy Heckerling, the Clueless director.
15-year-old Mollie Heckerling found out that her dad, Police Academy screenwriter, Neal Israel, was not her biological father. Israel himself told her that she is Harold Ramis’ daughter.
Now, at 32, Molly recalls meeting Ramis, a Hollywood legend who wrote Ghostbusters and Groundhog Day, for the first time.
Even though he was someone I didn’t know at all growing up, we were so alike in so many basic ways - our tastes, our mannerisms, our outlook on things, so it really was kind of nice.
Ramis was married to Anne Plotkin with whom he had a daughter, Violet Ramis Stiel. The couple separated, and Ramis had started a relationship with Erica Mann when Mollie was born.
Violet remembers feeling confused when she discovered that her dad had a secret kid with another woman. She was only 8-year-old at that time. Ramis Stiel told her story in a book titled “Ghostbuster’s Daughter: Life With My Dad Harold Ramis.”
We're less than 3 weeks away from the release of Ghostbuster's Daughter so mark your calendars! 😅 If you're in NY, Chicago or LA, I hope to see you at one of these fantastic events! More to come 💝 pic.twitter.com/mUtufny178— Violet Ramis Stiel (@violetisadora) May 18, 2018
Harold Ramis passed away in 2014 after suffering from a rare disease that involves swelling of the blood vessels. He was 69 years old. Even though Molly and Harold weren’t really close, she regrets not spending enough time with him when he was still alive.