Source of Wealth:Journalist, Author
Birth Place:Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Marital Status:Separated (Arnold Schwarzenegger)
Full Name:Maria Owings Shriver
Date of Birth:November 6, 1955
Occupation:Journalist, Author, former First Lady of California
Education:Georgetown University, Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart, Westland Middle School
Children:4 (Patrick, Katherine, Christopher, Christina)
About Maria Owings Shriver
Only a short time after their twenty-fifth wedding anniversary, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver announced their separation in a statement released late Monday. The couple said that "after a great deal of thought, reflection, discussion, and prayer, we came to this decision together." Maria Shrive's fortune is valued at $100 million.
Journalist, former first lady of California and author of six best-selling books. She has received a Peabody Award, and was co-anchor for NBC's Emmy-winning coverage of the 1988 Summer Olympics.
Born Maria Owings Shriver on November 6, 1955, in Chicago, Illinois. Shriver is the daughter of prominent politican and diplomat Sargent Shriver and Eunice Kennedy Shriver, sister of John F. and Robert Kennedy. She graduated from Georgetown University in June 1977 with a B.A. in American studies and began her career as a newswriter and producer for Philadelphia's KYW-TV later that year. In 1978, she started work at Baltimore's WJZ-TV, where she wrote and produced the Baltimore-based show Evening Magazine. In September 1983, Shriver began reporting for CBS News and soon won a spot as co-anchor of the CBS Morning News.
In 1986, she joined NBC News as a correspondent for the news show 1986 and an anchor for Main Street, a news magazine aimed at young people. From 1987 to 1990, she served as a co-anchor on NBC's Sunday Today. In 1990, she began hosting a series of news specials entitled First Person with Maria Shriver. Since then she has conducted numerous notable interviews including spots with Fidel Castro, Ted Turner, Magic Johnson, and Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York.
Shriver was a reporter for NBC's Dateline NBC from 1989 until August of 2003, when she took a leave of absence when her husband, actor Arnold Schwarzenegger, became a candidate in the California recall election. Upon his inauguration as the 38th Governor of California on November 17, 2003, Shriver became the First Lady of California. A few months later, she resigned from NBC citing a conflict of interest between her role as a journalist and her status as First Lady.
As first lady of California, Shriver served as an advocate for many social causes. She helped develop and launch a special website to match volunteers with organizations needing assistance. Shriver supported the construction of playgrounds and community gardens in lower income areas.
Serving as executive producer, Shriver helped bring the documentary The Alzheimer's Project to television in May 2009. The four-part program provided an in-depth look at this devastating brain disorder. Advancing understanding of the disease and supporting medical research is a personal mission for Shriver. Her father had Alzheimer's disease.
Later that year, Shriver experienced two great personal losses. Her mother died on August 11th at Cape Cod Hospital in Hyannis, Massachusetts. Two weeks later, Shriver lost her uncle, Senator Ted Kennedy, who had been battling brain cancer. After her uncle's death, Shriver appeared on Meet the Press. She described her late uncle as "the most compassionate, empathetic man."
Outside of the world of politics, Shriver established herself as a successful author. She has written several works, including a successful series of children's books. Her most recent work is Just Who Will You Be? (2008).
In January 2011, Shriver went through a time of personal upheaval. She finished with her role as California's first lady as her husband's second term ended. Shriver also lost her father around this time. A few months later, she and her husband announced that they were separating after twenty-five years of marriage. The couple released a statement in May that said this decision came "after a great deal of thought, reflection, discussion, and prayer." Shriver and Schwarzenegger have four children: Katherine, Christina, Patrick, and Christopher.
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