Arnold's Bio~ This starts with his life as a boy in Austria with a less than close relationship with his father. His drive to get ahead by body building which takes him by storm as a teenager. While other boys had girl pin ups Arnold has american body builds in his room leading his mother to worry about his sexuality. His "goal" was to become a body builder and win the biggest titles using this to gain wealth and move to the USA and become a movie star. His very intelligent approach to business and his amazing ability to FOCUS. As his body becomes huge he wins several World Titles and he ends up in LA at the Gold Gym he read about in his teens. He sets up a mail order business selling body building phamplets His first efforts in the movies was PUMPING IRON which caught the attention of the Hollywood crowd. He becomes a millionaire and invested in buildings and land. He gets an education taking business courses. He became an American Citizen. At a fund raiser he comes in contact with the lovely Maria Shriver. He evenutally marries. His movie career takes off to make him the highest paid and biggest box office star. Arnold makes his own decisions even after he is married. He decided not to tell Maria he needed open heart surgery. He was planning on running on the republican ticket for Governor of California and told Maria only *days* before his David Letterman annoucement. Arnold is at best brilliant but perhaps is the worlds great salesman. He can sell himself in bodybuilding, acting, and republican governor in a very democratic state. He finally confessed a life changing "secret" the day after was no longer governor. He has a 14 year old son with his housekeeper. He stated he only suspected the boy was his after the boy was 7. Arnold has a trick he uses throughout his book. His ablity to ignore anything that would cause him trouble. He puts in a "compartment" in his mind and trys his best to keep it "under raps". Arnold comes across as a very intelligent and interesting man. His EGO is as big as he is. We see the flaws in this bigger than life man and his secrets that help destroy his marriage. Arnold at best is a survivor. This is an excellent audiobook. It is very well written and the story flows along. The Reader Stephen Lang is very good and Arnold reads parts himself. I give this 5 STARS over all for a better than I ever expected Bio.
PLOT: mini bio of the great Bette Davis.
Born into a middle class family Bette felt abandoned by her father who she never made peace with. She started on the NEW York Stage and was see by a talent agent who got her to California. Signed with Warner Brothers she became a 2 time Oscar Winner. labeled "demanding and very difficult" by directors and other actors. She worked hard to get the best parts. She continued to work in the 1960s with movies such as What Ever Happened to Baby Jane which kept her in the public eye. She is considered one of the greatest American actors. GRAT bio well done and very entertaining worth listing to twice.
PLOT: MINI bio of the elegant Grace Kelly.
the Wealthy Kelly family were all athletic but not Grace the tiny one. Becoming an actress gives Grace an outlet for her ambitions and the lovely and photogenic Grace is both intelligent and very good. Winning an Oscar in the movie the Country Girl Grace is at the height of her acting career when she meets the handsome Prince of Monaco. Both catholic and then falling in love soon has a media crazed wedding she is soon Princess Grace. Grace changes Monaco and improves the public image. Has 3 children and dies tragically from a stroke that causes an accident. This is interesting and revealing about the sometimes tragic and sad and good times of the lovely Princess Grace.