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LOS ANGELES (AP) - Arnold Schwarzenegger says his wife, Maria Shriver, was criticized by her mother for trying to persuade him against running for California governor in 2003, a confrontation that ultimately opened the door to his successful candidacy.

Eunice Shriver told her daughter that her husband would be "angry for the rest of his life" if she stopped his ambitions, Schwarzenegger writes in his new autobiography, "Total Recall: My Unbelievably True Life Story."

The former governor says in the book that he had decided against running in the recall election after his wife implored him not to for the sake of their family.

Schwarzenegger says he learned later that Eunice Shriver told her daughter the women in their family always support the men's ambitions.

Maria Shriver then softened her stance, paving the way for Schwarzenegger to announce his candidacy on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno."

"Total Recall" will officially be published next week. The Associated Press purchased an early copy.

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