Film was made in 1985 It is directed by Paul Aaron and stars , Glenn Close, Patinkin, Valerie Curtin, Barnard Hughes and the one and only Ruth Gordon
When husband and wife Nick and Jan move into an old house in San Francisco , they uncover a message under layers of wallpaper left by a previous tenant. (“Maxie lived here! Read it and weep!”).
The daft landlady from upstairs is overwhelmed when she sees the message and tells them about a girl who lived there in the 1920s. Maxie was a brash young party girl who died in a car crash the morning before her big audition for a Hollywood studio. Her only movie legacy, mere minutes on film, is dug up by Nick who watches it with his wife.
Just after Jan goes to bed, Maxie’s ghost appears. She has never seen herself on film. She laments never having a shot at stardom and then vanishes. Nick can’t figure out if the house is really haunted or if he is hallucinating. He also has his hands full with Miss Scheffer, his boss, who has romantic designs on him.
Maxie eventually takes over Jan’s body, first to experience life, then to try out for a television commercial and ultimately to go to Hollywood for a movie audition she is offered after the commercial. Finally she can fulfill her destiny. Her misadventures mess up Jan’s and Nick’s lives, to the point that Jan is pursued by her boss, Bishop Campbell, who wants to exorcise her. Nick remains utterly fascinated by this woman, who looks exactly like the wife he still loves.