The House That Inspired Ghostbusters
A house on Woodrow Wilson Drive in Hollywood Hills has quite a history. It’s been the home of Natalie Wood, Mama Cass Elliot, and Dan Aykroyd (and presumably other people not quite so famous). The house itself has a place in history because of what happened when Aykroyd moved there in the 1980s.
It didn’t take Aykroyd long to conclude that the house was haunted—something was turning on his StairMaster, playing the piano and slamming doors. Aykroyd says one night, he even felt someone, or something, crawl into bed with him—and it wasn’t his wife, actress Donna Dixon! He chalked it up to ghosts—and believes at least one of them was the spirit of the home’s former occupant Elliot, of the folk-pop group the Mamas and the Papas, who died of heart failure in 1974 at the age of 32. Instead of being unsettled by the paranormal activity, Aykroyd (who later moved out and sold the house) was inspired by it. The supernatural vibes gave him the idea to co-write (with Harold Ramis) the hit 1984 movie comedy Ghostbusters.