Stephen M. Silverman
September 10, 2003 05:12 PM

Arnold Schwarzenegger’s purported girlfriend from three decades ago has penned a memoir of her time with the “Terminator” star and current California gubernatorial candidate, reports Reuters.

An agent is now trying to peddle the manuscript, titled “Surviving Arnold.”

Barbara Outland Baker, a California English teacher, met the bodybuilder in 1969 and went out with him until 1974. They soon reportedly moved in together.

Baker’s book agent, Paul Levine, tells Reuters: “I’m trying to sell it as an insider’s account of Mr. Schwarzenegger’s early years. She’s been writing it for years, but obviously now is an opportune time to try to sell it. ”

Schwarzenegger, 56, is a leading candidate in the Oct. 7 election to recall California Gov. Gray Davis. Current Lt. Gov. Cruz Bustamante is seen as the frontrunner in the race, though Schwarzenegger’s chances were perceived as improving as of Tuesday, when fellow Republican Peter Ueberroth, the former baseball commissioner, dropped out of the race, reports The Washington Post.

Schwarzenegger reportedly met Baker in a Santa Monica restaurant while she was working there as a college student. They soon moved in together.

“Basically it came down to this … She was a well-balanced woman who wanted an ordinary, solid life, and I was not a well-balanced man and hated the very idea of ordinary life,” Schwarzenegger wrote about Baker (whom he did not identify by name) in his own 1977 memoir, “Arnold: The Education of a Bodybuilder.”

Levine says he has yet to find a publisher for “Surviving Arnold,” though “there are lots of insights and never-before-told things about Arnold and there are over 100 never published photographs of Arnold during that time.”

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