Once married to a man considered a living legend across various career spheres, it might be easy to assume that Maria Shriver is just one of those people who tapped into their spouse’s popularity. On the contrary, she knew fame right from childhood. She was born into a very powerful family – the Kennedy clan, as a niece of former United States President, John F. Kennedy. She also became a celebrated journalist and writer and she equally served as the First Lady of California, alongside Arnold Schwarzenegger, her then husband.
For more than twenty years, Shriver was married to Arnold Schwarzenegger until an ugly truth from the past led to their separation and what would have been one of Hollywood’s marriages to look up to, came to an end in 2011. More details about this and what she has been up to are all available below.
Biography – Maria Shriver
Of Irish and German descent, Maria Shriver was born on November 6, 1955, in Chicago, Illinois. She joined the family of politician Sargent Shriver and activist Eunice Kennedy Shriver as their second child and was raised a Roman Catholic.
Her educational pursuit took her to Westland Middle School in Bethesda, Maryland, followed by Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart in the same city from where she graduated in 1973. She then spent two years at Manhattanville College before moving on to Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., from where she got her Bachelor of Arts degree in American Studies in 1977.
Her career accomplishments earned her a Peabody Award. She co-anchored the Emmy-winning NBC coverage of the 1988 Summer Olympics and personally clinched two Emmys plus an Academy of Television Arts & Sciences award as executive producer of The Alzheimer’s Project, a television show she developed to critical acclaim. Her current job is with NBC News where she is a special anchor and correspondent. She was the First Lady of California from 2003 to 2011.
With an attractive resume which includes versatile jobs as an American journalist, author who also served as the First Lady of California for two terms, it’s no surprise that Maria Shiver has an estimated net worth of $100 million. The amount is apparently accumulated from the years she has put into her career, not from her wealthy family or her equally moneyed husband.
Uncles And Family Members
From her mother’s side, Maria Shriver has ties with one of the most powerful families in the United States of America. She has many uncles but some stand out from the rest. The 35th President of the United States, John F. Kennedy is her uncle and her mother’s brother. Shriver’s mother, Eunice Kennedy Shriver, also connects her to more uncles including 64th U.S. Attorney General and U.S. Senator Robert F. Kennedy, as well as U.S. Senator Ted Kennedy, among other prominent members of the family.
Maria Shiver has four brothers from her parents – politician Sargent Shriver and Eunice Kennedy Shriver, an activist in her time. Her brothers are Timothy, Mark, Anthony and Bobby Shriver. The Shriver bunch are all doing well in their respective careers.
Ex-Husband and Children
Maria Shriver was once married to a man of many hats – Austrian-American actor, filmmaker, businessman, investor, author, philanthropist, activist, former professional bodybuilder and ex-governor of California. In case it’s yet to sink in, his name is Arnold Schwarzenegger and they met through a mutual friend at her mother’s residence in 1977. Things obviously went well for them as they walked down the aisle on April 26, 1986, in Hyannis, Massachusetts, where they exchanged marital vows at St. Frances Xavier Roman Catholic Church.
Their union produced four children – Katherine Eunice, Christina Maria Aurelia, Patrick Arnold, and Christopher Schwarzenegger but unknown to his family, the Hollywood bigshot had a love child tucked away. He later owned up to his affair with one of their household staff, Mildred Patricia Baena which led to the birth of a child. His confession came after Shriver approached him with facts about the affair and he couldn’t deny them.
Subsequently, the Hollywood power couple went their separate ways on May 9, 2011, following 25 years of marriage. Shriver took it further by filing for divorce on July 1, 2011, on the grounds of “irreconcilable differences”. She is said to be dating Matthew Dowd – Arnold’s former strategist at his 2006 re-election campaign.