The Library Ghost a.k.a. The Grey Lady is the ghost of librarian Eleanor Twitty and doesn’t seem to mind making both patrons and library staff nervous. She just minds her own business until someone calls in the Ghostbusters. A few floating piles of books here, a mysterious floating half lady there and the staff have had enough.
The Library Ghost is the first ghost the Ghostbusters run into. And she puts them in their place. Ray Stantz (Dan Aykroyd), Egon Spengler (Harold Ramis), and Peter Venkman (Bill Murray) have no experience with ghosts until meeting her and she gives them experience. And a really good fright.
The Grey Lady is played by Ruth Oliver and while it’s a small part at the same time it’s huge. Without meeting the Grey Lady the Ghostbusters wouldn’t realize that shouting “Get her!” won’t work for catching a ghost. The movie is full of great comedy and the library scene is one of my favorites. Why? The Grey Lady is the villain for her scene and she wins! It’s a small part, but once you see the movie the images stick with you. I get tired of the stories where the good guy always defeats his/her opponent, so when the Grey Lady chases the Ghostbusters out of the library it’s that moment of pure awe for me where you realize the good guys aren’t always going to come out on top.