|Born||in Washington, District of Columbia, USA|
|Died||in New York City, New York, USA|
|William Woodward Van Slyke||(1946 - 1952) ( divorced)|
Mrs. Van Slyke was president of the House of Fragrance in 1963, becoming one of the few women chief executives of corporations whose annual sales exceeded $1 million. The post from which she left to devote full time to writing was as vice president of creative activities at Helena Rubinstein's. Mrs. Van Slyke was also a president of the Fashion Group, 4,000 member organization to help women in that industry.
Adept at identifying women's tastes, she decided in 1970 to apply her talent to writing. Van Slyke produced eight hugely successful modern romances, including the current blockbuster A Necessary Woman, devised, she said, for "blue-haired ladies in the cocktail hour of life.".