Wild Thymes: Catering To The Egos Of The Hollywood Elite By Sally Van Slyke


It’s a tough job, but somebody’s got to do it: When you run interference for Hollywood’s biggest stars, trouble just comes with the territory. Sally Van Slyke, a former marketing, publicity and promotion executive for Universal Studios, admits that working in show business was “a lifelong dream.” It also produced the occasional nightmare. As she recalls the A-listers — Spielberg, Cruise, Redford and others — she worked with, Van Slyke, who lives in Walnut Creek, writes with honesty and humor.

-Contra Costa Times



Wild Thymes is the story of Sally Van Slyke who started working for minimum wage as a page and became one of the most influential promoters in Hollywood.

Her often pointed, but always humorous, short stories take you on an behind the scenes romp though the not-so-flattering inner-workings of Hollywood. Sally rubs shoulders with some of her generation’s top stars and quickly learns it’s all too easy to rub them the wrong way!
Although often hard to believe, these stories are all true! Even though she lived in a world of glitz and glamour, her real story is anything but.

Coming this February!Author of Wild Thymes

Sally Van Slyke
Owner, Wild Thyme Catering and Event Management
CEO, No. 1 Beach Street, Ltd. Consulting Company
Wild Thyme Catering & Event Management Company / 2770 Camino Diablo / Walnut Creek, CA 94597 / 925-945-7939 sally@wildthymecatering.com

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    The SF Chronicle's On The Town section recently featured an article about Wild Thymes and my favorite spots to hangout around town: She looks like a mild-mannered suburban caterer, but Sally Van Slyke, founder of Wild Thyme Catering and Event Management in Walnut Creek, has a storied past. Or, to be more accurate, many stories in her past. Van Slyke, a onetime Los Angeles TV anchorwoman, jumped into the film industry and during a 15-year career, rose to the rank of senior vice president of worldwide marketing for Universal Pictures in the 1980s. Working with film stars was not as glitzy or fun as it might appear to be from the outside, and she gives readers a view of life on the inside - placating studio heads and hot-tempered celebrities - in her new tell-all, "Wild Thymes: Catering to the Egos of the Hollywood Elite" (Camino Diablo Press, 181 pages). Read more … [Read More...]