Former Universal Publicity Head Reveals Arnold Schwarzenegger's Not-So-Charitable Past
This item first appeared in the Rambling Reporter column of the Mar. 2 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.
In her new tell-all Wild Thymes: Catering to the Egos of the Hollywood Elite ($26, Camino Diablo Press), former Universal senior vp publicity Sally Van Slyke candidly writes about working with Tom Cruise, Robert Redford, Oliver Stone, et al. But one tale that didn't make the 182-page book is a run-in with Arnold Schwarzenegger while planning the PR campaign for 1990's Kindergarten Cop.
The Special Olympics (founded by his then-mother-in-law, the late Eunice Kennedy Shriver) had requested a benefit premiere. She relayed the idea.
"He told me point blank that he didn't care about the Special Olympics," says Van Slyke, now the owner of a catering company called Wild Thyme in Northern California. "Unless I could show him why a premiere would help the picture, and ultimately his bank account, I was to blow off their request."
Schwarzenegger otherwise has a long history of working with the group. His rep responds in this case: "This is a publicist trying to get publicity for herself."