Arnold Alois Schwarzenegger (born July 30, 1947 in Thal, Austria) is an Austrian-American former professional bodybuilder, actor, model, businessman and politician who served as the 38th Governor of California (2003–2011).
Schwarzenegger began weight training at 15. He was awarded the title of Mr. Universe at age 20 and went on to win the Mr. Olympia contest seven times. Schwarzenegger has remained a prominent presence in the sport of bodybuilding and has written several books and numerous articles on the sport. Schwarzenegger gained worldwide fame as a Hollywood action film icon. He was nicknamed the “Austrian Oak” and the “Styrian Oak” in his bodybuilding days, “Arnie” during his acting career and more recently the “Governator” (a portmanteau of “Governor” and “Terminator”).
As a Republican, he was first elected on October 7, 2003, in a special recall election(referred to in Schwarzenegger campaign propaganda as a “Total Recall”) to replace then-Governor Gray Davis. Schwarzenegger was sworn in on November 17, 2003, to serve the remainder of Davis’s term. Schwarzenegger was then re-elected on November 7, 2006, in California’s 2006 gubernatorial election, to serve a full term as governor, defeating Democrat Phil Angelides, who was California State Treasurer at the time. Schwarzenegger was sworn in for his second term on January 5, 2007.
On May 16, 2011, it was revealed that Schwarzenegger had fathered a son ten years earlier with an employee in their household named Mildred Baena, leading to his separation from his wife of 25 years, Maria Shriver.
Maria Owings Shriver ( /ˈʃraɪvər/; born November 6, 1955 in Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A.) is an American journalist and author of six best-selling books. She has received a Peabody Award, and was co-anchor for NBC’s Emmy-winning coverage of the 1988 Summer Olympics. As executive producer of The Alzheimer’s Project, Shriver earned two Emmy Awards and an Academy of Television Arts & Sciences award for developing a “television show with a conscience”. She was formerly First Lady of California as the wife of actor and then-California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, and is a member of the Kennedy family.
Mildred Patricia Baena a.k.a “Patty” Baena has the Internet buzzing today. Patty as she is known to family and friends is said to be the woman with whom Arnold Schwarzenegger fathered a child out of wedlock. Almost exactly one decade ago Arnold found out he sired a child with the family housekeeper.
Since Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver announced their split last week, there have been whispers that Maria was the one who ended the relationship because she just couldn’t live with Arnold’s constant cheating. Maria put up with the cheating for years but the news Arnold recently told her about the secret love child was a bit too much.
Major news organization are identifying Mildred Patricia “Patty” Baenaas as the woman who gave birth to Arnold’s illegitimate son. Patty, who is 50 now, didn’t tell Arnold, who is 63 now, about their son until the child was a toddler. Arnold, in turn, never bothered to share this bit of information with wife, Maria Shriver, 55, until a few months ago. The boy, whose name has not been disclosed as he is a minor, is now around 14 years old.
Patty retired as the family housekeeper in January. She lives in a four bedroom house in a Los Angeles suburb. While Arnold is said to have been “generous” financially to help raise his son. Baena is close to losing her house due to a lien placed on it by a security company.
Arnold’s wife-soon-to-be-ex-wife (most likely!), Maria Shriver, found out about this particular infidelity and half brother to her children sometime in January. Shriver described the situation as “heartbreaking.” “This is a painful and heartbreaking time,” Shriver said in a statement.
“As a mother my concern is for the children. I ask for compassion, respect and privacy as my children and I try to rebuild our lives and heal. I will have no further comment.”
How could Maria have missed this? And I thought she was a journalist… A little Mexican kid speaking with an Austrian accent? It should have been so darn obvious. LOL!
As for Patty Baena, is no longer married—she initially told her friends, family and employers that her then-husband, whom she divorced in 2008, was the father of her child—has three other children, with whom she lives outside of Los Angeles. It is unclear when or if the teenager was informed of the identity of his real father, though Schwarzenegger has been giving financial support to the boy
How did Arnold Schwarzenegger manage to hide the fact that he’d sired a child with his housekeeper while holding down perhaps the most high-powered job there is in a state where gossiping about people in power is an industry? Any Hollywood insider can tell you, there’s one person who’s done more than anyone else to shield Schwarzenegger from negative publicity. Marty “Mad Dog” Singer is an attorney to the stars, a so-called Hollywood pit bull who’s amassed a fortune by going after publications that print — or even just consider printing — unflattering things about his clients. His Century City firm, Lavely & Singer, counts among its roster of past and present clients the likes of Britney Spears, Bruce Willis, Celine Dion, Jim Carey, Sylvester Stallone and Eddie Murphy. This winter, when Charlie Sheen went on a verbal rampage against his bosses at CBS and Warner Brothers, Singer jumped into the fray, firing off a five-page letter threatening the companies with legal action on Sheen’s behalf. The pugilistic letter demanding a retraction or threatening a lawsuit is a Singer specialty. Mark Ebner, the co-author with Andrew Breitbart of “Hollywood, Interrupted” and an investigative journalist whom Singer has sued (the suit was thrown out), said, “If you don’t have a letter from Singer hanging on your wall, you haven’t fulfilled your career as a journalist.” In a 2004 Los Angeles Magazine article, David Perel, the editor of the National Enquirer, said, “I get so many letters from Marty, he’s my pen pal.” (Singer didn’t respond to requests for an interview.) When it comes to Singer’s Schwarzenegger file, one letter in particular is legendary. In 2001, when Schwarzenegger was first talking about the possibility of running for governor, John Connolly, a journalist and former New York cop, wrote a piece for Premiere Magazine where he depicted Schwarzenegger as a womanizing boor who couldn’t keep his hands to himself. Garry South, a high-profile California political consultant who was running Gray Davis’ reelection campaign for governor at the time, faxed the article to several dozen California reporters with a “smart-ass” cover memo that, as South recalled, referred to the “exposé” as a “very ‘touching’ story.” The Singer response came swiftly. “The letter started coming over one of our fax machines,” said South, “and we had these old bulky fax machines and one of the pages did not come through. So the person at the front desk called the law firm and said the letter you sent through was missing pages, and they got all huffy about that and faxed over their fax log sheet and a memo saying we lied.” Singer’s firm then hand-delivered a copy of the five-page letter to South’s office. In the letter, Singer accused South of “politically-motivated mudslinging.” He intimated South could be sued for libel, demanded South “promptly” send out a statement “retracting and correcting” the memo and described the article as “replete with fictional events that simply never took place.” “Your use of the term ‘exposé’,” he asserted, “conveys to the reader that you have adopted as your own all of the wrongful statements contained in the Article. This you have done at your peril.” “It was disconcerting,” South recalled. “It was a little scary to be threatened with a libel suit by a multimillionaire megastar who could potentially ruin you financially if this thing proceeded.” Asked if he’d ever received a letter like it before, South said, “Never in my life –- and I ran my first campaign in 1972.” Singer was not the only Hollywood pit bull in Schwarzenegger’s circle. In 2001, while Schwarzenegger was making his first foray into politics, there were three public relations people on his staff, among them Sheryl Main, an entertainment publicist known for her loyalty and toughness. In a 2003 Los Angeles Times article published just a few days before the recall election that brought Schwarzenegger to the statehouse, Main defended her boss against allegations that he’d groped a British television presenter named Anna Richardson — a claim previously made by Richardson in the inflammatory Premiere story. Main claimed she’d seen the whole thing go down, saying it was Richardson, not Schwarzenegger, who’d acted provocatively, touching her breasts and sitting on his lap before getting kicked out of the room. In 2006, as Schwarzenegger prepared for his reelection campaign, Richardson sued Schwarzenegger, Main and another Schwarzenegger aide for libel. The suit was settled. Along with Main and the rest of the publicity team, Schwarzenegger’s entourage also included a pair of tough-guy bodybuilder types who acted as his bodyguards and confidants (and played chess with him). And then there was Maria Shriver, who stuck up for Schwarzenegger as adamantly as anyone. John Connolly, the journalist who wrote thePremiere article, said Schwarzenegger also enlisted the services of Anthony Pellicano, the Hollywood private investigator who was sentenced to 15 years in prison in 2008 for an array of charges that included illegal wiretapping and racketeering. Connolly, who is writing a book about Pellicano, said Schwarzenegger and Pellicano would meet at Caffé Roma in Beverly Hills, one of Schwarzenegger’s favorite hangouts. Citing four unnamed sources, Connolly said Schwarzenegger hired Pellicano to “shut up” the women who could potentially destroy his political hopes. He also said that Schwarzenegger retained Paul Barresi, a former porn star turned private investigator and longtime Pellicano associate who’d reportedly worked with Singer. Barresi could not be reached for comment. In the 2004 Los Angeles Magazine article, Singer said he’d worked with Pellicano on “maybe a half-dozen cases.” He denied that he’d ever used Pellicano to protect someone from a media takedown. In a 2008 interview with the media blog Fishbowl, Barresi said he’d been tasked with digging up information about Schwarzenegger’s detractors -– “anyone who may want to harm him, should he run for office.” Asked if he’d compiled a list, Barresi answered, “A mile long.” Despite all the effort that went into stamping out the sparks of rumor and innuendo that flew around Schwarzenegger, the National Enquirer published a series of articles in 2001 detailing an alleged affair with the actress Gigi Goyette that claimed he was on the verge of splitting up with Shriver because of his philandering. TheEnquirer and the two other papers that made up the tabloid wing of the company American Media, Inc. – Star and The Globe -– were formidable foes. Even Singer’s epistolary onslaughts weren’t enough to derail the tabloids from their mission of ruining one of the best-protected reputations in Hollywood. But all that changed in 2003, when AMI set out to buy a muscle-magazine company owned by a close friend of Schwarzenegger’s. David Pecker, the head of AMI, needed Schwarzenegger’s cooperation on the deal, according to the Los Angeles Magazine article, so he met with the star at his Santa Monica production office and later signed him to a lucrative contract as executive editor of two of the muscle magazines, Muscle & Fitness and Flex.
Three weeks after that Santa Monica meeting, Schwarzenegger announced that he was running for governor. Throughout the campaign, the tabloids’ coverage of Schwarzenegger was relatively muted.readmore How Did Arnold Schwarzenegger Keep His Cheating Hidden For So Long? Photos Of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Mistress Mildred Patricia “Patty” Baena And Their Son