This weekend is the weekend in which Arnold Schwarzenegger totally reveals himself and his deepest, darkest secrets in a “60 Minutes” interview with CBS’s Leslie Stahl during the same weekend when pre-released copies of his memoir “Total Recall: My Unbelievably True Life” release information about the former Governor of California.
“TOTAL RECALL: MY UNBELIEVABLY TRUE LIFE STORY” BY ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER
In a preview of the CBS “60 Minutes” interview, when asked about his betrayal of his wife Maria Shriver by having fathered a child with the family’s housekeeper Maria “Patty” Baena, Schwarzenegger said:
I think it was the stupidest thing I’ve done did in the whole relationship. It was terrible. I inflicted tremendous pain on Maria and unbelievable pain on the kids.
PHOTOS OF MILDRED “PATTY” BAENA
The book preview reveals that, politically, Maria Shriver did not want Schwarzenegger to run for governor of California for the sake of the family. However, Maria’s mother – Eunice Shriver, one of the famed-Kennedys – told her to “snap out of it” and basically do as other Kennedy women have done by supporting their men. Of course, Schwarzenegger ultimately ran for the position of California governor and won in a recall election of Governor Gray Davis.
Schwarzenegger calls his wife Maria a key ally and adviser to not only his campaign for the governorship but for his tenure as governor as well. He also refers to Maria’s parents, Sargent Shriver and Eunice Shriver-Kennedy, as the most extraordinary human beings he’s ever met who had the ultimate impact on his political ambitions.
Of other personal items, Schwarzenegger writes in his book that he had a brief affair with Brigitte Nielsen while he was dating Maria Shriver prior to their marriage. Schwarzenegger and Nielsen co-starred in a 1985 motion picture entitled “Red Sonja”. Nielsen, who has been married five times – including a marriage to Sylvester Stallone, has already written about her affair with Schwarzenegger. Of that affair, Schwarzenegger said it convinced him that he really wanted to marry Maria Shriver.
Politically, Schwarzenegger tells of a meeting with Karl Rove at the White House in 2003 in which the renown-Republican strategist advised him that the recall would not occur. Rove introduced him to then-national security adviser Condoleezza Rice who Rove wanted to become governor of California in 2006. Admittedly, Schwarzenegger revealed that he was insulted by Rove and found it hard to believe that Rove could be so wrong.
The CBS “60 Minutes” interview will be aired Sunday evening, and the book “Total Recall: My Unbelievably True Life Story” will be available to the public next week.
The primary source of this article is CBS.