celebrity wrangler
n. A person who negotiates with a celebrity's agent, manager, or publicist to ensure the star's attendance at a social event.
'Those are powerhouse people — major Hollywood players,' says Patricia Barnstable Brown, perhaps the only Derby party hostess with two other halves: husband David Brown and her twin sister, Priscilla, a determined celebrity wrangler who lives in Los Angeles.
—C. Ray Hall, “Destined for the Derby,” The Courier-Journal, April 27, 1999
While editors join forces and develop strategy, the field of engagement is growing muddier. An article by Carl Swanson in the March 19 New York Observer blew the lid off the influx of "celebrity wranglers" — former publicists hired as magazine editors for the purpose of procuring talent — into the journalistic equation.
—Neva Chonin, “The Power of the Publicist,” The San Francisco Chronicle, April 16, 1999
1995 (earliest)
Celebrities attending the All Star MS Rodeo will be well fed Sunday night, thanks to Al Biernat, manager of the Palm restaurant, and celebrity wranglers Marty Rendleman and Jean Kibler.
—Alan Peppard, “Could be an instant replay,” The Dallas Morning News, March 24, 1995
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