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Arnold Schwarzenegger and the American dream

Filed under: Arnold Schwarzenegger — csa1 @ 7:30

Arnold Schwarzenegger: from Austrian immigrant to superstar to politician

For many people Arnold Schwarzenegger is a living embodiment of the American dream.

Arnold Schwarzenegger stepped down at the beginning of the year

By Nick Allen, Los Angeles

7:00PM BST 31 Mar 2011

He was born in the small town of Thal, near Graz, Austria on July 30, 1947, in a house that had no plumbing or phone.

At the age of 21 he arrived in the US speaking little English and with only his bulging biceps to declare.

A year later he was a millionaire, having invested money from winning bodybuilding contests in a business selling equipment for his sport.

He won the Mr Universe title four times and, when he wasn’t training six hours a day, studied business and acting and worked on refining his accent.

In the 1980s and 1990s, as Hollywood focused on all-action blockbusters the Hummer-driving, cigar-chomping Schwarzenegger became one of its biggest and highest paid stars.

 

In 1986 he married Maria Shriver, a niece of President John F Kennedy, and an award-winning author and journalist.

Having conquered the fields of bodybuilding, acting and business, Schwarzenegger was then elected Governor of California in 2003 as a Republican.

He was instantly nicknamed the “The Governator,” after his most famous film role in “The Terminator.”

But struggles ensued dealing with California’s huge budget deficit and his populaity waned. He left office with an approval rating of just 22 per cent.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture

 

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