The Strange Beginning to Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver’s 34-Year Relationship

Arnold Schwarzenegger is one of the most interesting and ambitious actors and athletes of the time. The 73-year-old celebrity has made a well-known reputation for himself on and off the screen. Schwarzenegger has even gotten involved with politics over the years. His professional life has been filled with triumphs and successes, but, unfortunately, the same cannot be said about his personal life. Take a look back at Schwarzenegger‘s journey in the spotlight and the bizarre way his relationship with Maria Shriver both began and ended. 

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Arnold Schwarzenegger’s rise to fame 

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As IMDb put it, Schwarzenegger’s story is one of “rags to riches.” In 1947 Schwarzenegger was born in Thal, a small village of Austria. As a young boy, Schwarzenegger began exploring bodybuilding and fitness, and in 1968, at the age of 21, he moved to the United States to expand and build his career. Over the next few years, Schwarzenegger was named Mr. Universe five times and accrued even more Mr. Olympia titles. However, Schwarzenegger’s agenda went above and beyond his fitness goals. He began pursuing a career in acting and made his debut appearance in the 1970 film Hercules in New York.

A few years later he appeared as Joe Santo in Stay Hungry and then, soon after, he took on the role of Lars in Scavenger Hunt. The 1980s marked some of Schwarzenegger’s most iconic roles to date. In 1984 he was praised for his role in The Terminator, the film that is responsible for Schwarzenegger’s infamous line, “I’ll be back.” Shortly after, the star landed the role of Kalidor in Red Sonja. Predator and Kindergarten Cop are just two of the many more films Schwarzenegger appeared in. The actor’s career and fame continued to rise to new levels and more and more people began following Schwarzenegger and his journey in Hollywood. 

Arnold Schwarzenegger’s controversial personal life and the reveal of his secret love child

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The same year Schwarzenegger starred in Raw Deal he also got married to Shriver. Shriver, an elite member of the Kennedy family, is well-known for her career in television journalism. Schwarzenegger first met Shriver at a celebrity tennis tournament and the pair eventually got married in 1986. Unfortunately, the marriage did not last. The Washington Post reported the couple’s separation from one another on May 10, 2011. Just a few days after the split, Schwarzenegger shockingly revealed he had an affair with a former member of his family’s housing staff, and, on top of that, he had fathered a secret child, Joseph Baena. The press and media couldn’t get enough of the controversial story. Shortly after, Shriver filed for divorce.

The strange beginning to Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver’s marriage

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Much of the world is very familiar with the controversial and scandalous details that brought Schwarzenegger and Shriver’s marriage to an end, but some of the actor’s fans might be surprised to learn about the couple’s strange beginning. Barbara Baker met Schwarzenegger when she was a college student, and the two took an immediate liking to one another. However, after a few years, Schwarzenegger realized she wasn’t the right girl for him.

This led him to Sue Moray, a highly-respected hair assistant of the time. Schwarzenegger and Moray began dating in 1977. However, the couple had an open relationship. That very summer was when Schwarzenegger met Shriver and began dating her as well. Moray finally gave the popular actor an ultimatum, and Schwarzenegger went with Shriver, according to Ranker.

Much later down the line, Brigitte Nielsen, a popular actor, also revealed that she and Schwarzenegger were together during this time. Many of Schwarzenegger’s fans and followers were just as surprised as Shriver to hear the additional details surrounding the beginning of the couple’s doomed relationship.