“So Terrible Everyone Thought of Him as a Joke”: Woman Who Arnold Schwarzenegger Owes His Acting Career to Garners Ultimate Respect From Fans 34 Years After Her Sad Demise

Arnold Schwarzenegger worked his way up in the bodybuilding arena by lifting weights at the gym for long hours. His ripped physique fetched him prestigious titles, including seven Sandow trophies. However, when he decided to leave the sports arena for acting, the transition wasn’t easy. Amidst criticism for his thick accent and bodybuilder physique, Schwarzenegger received a warm tap on the shoulder from one of the most influential women in the acting arena, Lucille Ball. 

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A clip that featured Arnold Schwarzenegger and Lucille Ball resurfaced on the internet recently, earning the late actress respect from fans for supporting The Terminator star. 

The bond between Arnold Schwarzenegger and Lucille Ball 


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The Austrian Oak was unbeatable in the bodybuilding arena, but Hollywood was not optimistic about his success initially. Even when he was criticized for his Austrian accent and ripped physique, Schwarzenegger never lost hope. The 76-year-old once narrated how Lucille Ball called him after being impressed by a talk show he appeared in and offered him a small role in Happy Anniversary and Goodbye, a movie starring herself. Schwarzenegger played the role of Rico, a massage therapist to Ball’s character, Norma Michaels.

Hollywood Horror Museum shared a clip from the movie on X. The scene depicts Rico coming to Michael’s home to give her a massage as she is jaw-dropped to witness his jacked frame. “Arnold Schwarzenegger owes his acting career to Lucille Ball who hired him in 1974 for her TV special,” the post stated. It also claimed that their bond lasted till her sad demise 34 years ago, and she sent special notes to Arnie after watching each of his films. Many on the social media website were moved by the post and poured their thoughts into the comments section. 

Fans praise Lucille Ball for believing in Arnie’s talent to the heartwarming post

Hollywood fans love Schwarzenegger for his superior action stunts in his films. Knowing that Lucille Ball believed in his talent and offered him one of his earliest roles, fans couldn’t praise her enough. A follower wrote in appreciation, “True but it was so terrible everyone thought of him as a joke, Lucy did not.” 


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While another fan reiterated, “That’s amazing.” “Wow Now that treasure!” wrote a movie admirer impressed by the clip. A film fanatic opined, “For sure, Lucy had good instincts about the entertainment business.” While another gasped, “I had no idea they were friends.”

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Sure, Lucille Ball was thoughtful enough to believe in Arnold Schwarzenegger’s talent very early on. Such are legends who could pinpoint superstars like Arnie with ease. Do you agree? Let us know in the comments below. 

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