Long before this month’s Schwarzenegger love child scandal erupted and many years prior to the infamous L.A. Times groping charges of 2003, Wendy Leigh authored Arnold, an unauthorized March 1990 biography of the future Governator.
A lot of things were left out of the book, but that still didn’t stop Arnold’s publicist at the time, the all-powerful Pat Kingsley, from throwing up all manner of PR roadblocks on his behalf. Now, with Schwarzenegger fully exposed, Leigh has shared more salacious info about Arnold (beyond her separate 2003 reporting of another alleged Schwarzenegger love child). The journalist-author also recalls in the Daily Mail piece her feelings about the 1990-91 stateside media lockdown:
Virtually muzzled by their reverence for Arnold’s marriage to Maria Shriver, as well as their desire not to embarrass her, much of the U.S. press failed to report the well- documented research in my book. At the time, I was disappointed. And when, just days before the election in 2003, the press finally deigned to take notice of my book, it was too late. Arnold Schwarzenegger became Governor of California.
Leigh’s latest book, Jeannie Out of the Bottle, was published just last month. Co-authored with actress Barbara Eden, it made some headlines for revealing new info about the cast of I Dream of Jeannie.