Maria Shriver

TV Newscaster / Political Relative

Born: 6 November 1955
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois
Best known as: NBC News correspondent and wife of Arnold Schwarzenegger
Maria Shriver is a veteran TV news reporter, former First Lady of California, and a member of the prominent Kennedy family. (She's the daughter of Eunice Kennedy Shriver and Sargent Shriver, the niece of president John Kennedy and the granddaughter of Joseph Kennedy.) Maria Shriver graduated from Georgetown University in 1977 and began working at Philadelphia TV station KYW the same year. By 1983 she had become a national reporter at CBS News; she later moved to NBC, where she anchored a variety of news programs and specials as well as covering presidential races and other stories. She married action movie star Arnold Schwarzenegger on 26 April 1986; the match was considered somewhat ironic, as Schwarzenegger was a staunch Republican and the Kennedy clan firmly Democratic. Maria Shriver supported her husband in his successful run for California governor in 2003; Schwarzenegger replaced Gray Davis after a special recall election in October of that year, and he was reelected in 2007. She served as First Lady of California until 2011, when Schwarzenegger's second term ended. In May of that year, Shriver and Schwarzenegger announced that they had separated. Maria Shriver is the author of the self-help book Ten Things I Wish I'd Known - Before I Went Into the Real World (2000) and a children's book about disabilities, What's Wrong With Timmy? (2001).
Extra credit: Maria Shriver and Arnold Schwarzenegger have four children: Katherine Eunice (b. 1989), Christina Maria Aurelia (b. 1991), Patrick Arnold (b. 1993) and Christopher Sargent Shriver (b. 1997)... Maria Shriver stepped down from her full-time job with NBC News in 2004 to focus on her role as First Lady of California, though she continued working on occasional TV projects.

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