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Maria Shriver, Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Wife Bio, Kids, Age, Net worth, Divorce

Maria Shriver is an American journalist, author, and activist, best known for being the former First Lady of California when her husband, Arnold Schwarzenegger, served as governor for two terms (between 2003 and 2011). As the first woman, Shriver carried out notable reforms and projects, including the Alzheimer’s Project and the Shriver Report. But that’s not all.

As of 2000, she has authored seven best-selling books and won two Emmy Awards and an Academy of Television Arts & Sciences award for developing a “TV show with a conscience.” In addition, she received the prestigious Peabody Award for her telejournalism. In addition, Maria Shriver is the proud mother of four adult children. Although she is currently divorced from her husband, she continues to work as a TV presenter. In this post, you will learn more about her biography, children, net worth and the events that led to her divorce in September 2011.

Maria Shriver’s Biography, Age

Maria Shriver was born – Maria Owings Shriver – in Chicago, Illinois on November 6, 1955 to US politicians Sargent Shriver and Eunice Kennedy Shriver. Her mother Eunice also worked as an activist. The second child and only daughter in the family, Shriver is a niece of former US President John F. Kennedy; US Senator Robert F. Kennedy; US Senator Ted Kennedy and other prominent siblings. She grew up in a conservative Roman Catholic environment. Growing up, Shriver attended Westland Middle School in Bethesda, Maryland. She later attended Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart in Bethesda, graduating in 1973. She then went to Manhattanville College, where she spent two years. She later transferred to Georgetown University in Washington, DC,

Shriver’s flair for broadcast journalism was sparked after she was sent to the rear of the campaign plane with the press corps when she volunteered for her father’s 1972 vice presidential race in the United States. She was only 22 at the time. Her professional career began at KYW-TV in Philadelphia. She later co-hosted The CBS Morning News with Forrest Sawyer for a year from August 1985 to August 1986. The following year, she began co-hosting NBC News’ Sunday Today. A role she held for three years. From 1992 to 2004, Shriver worked as a contributing anchor at Dateline NBC. And in August 2003, she took an unpaid leave of absence from NBC News to support her husband’s candidacy in the 2003 California gubernatorial election.

Shortly thereafter, her husband was sworn in as 38. California Governor Shriver asked to be “relieved from her duties at NBC News” because of the conflict of interest between her role as a journalist and her status as First Lady of California. Coupled with her increasing role as advocate for her husband’s administration.

In the years that followed, Shriver played a role in her husband’s stewardship that would span several key initiatives, such as the WE Connect program, launched in 2005. The program connects needy working-class families with money-saving programs and support services. In 2008, Maria Shriver restarted the WE Invest program. It offers training, mentoring, support networks, microcredit and other resources to help women start or grow their businesses. In May of the following year, she planted the first edible garden in a state capital in a bare flower bed. Food grown in the garden is distributed to local food banks across the state. She also created the Minerva Awards, to honor and reward “remarkable California women” who have improved their communities, their state and their country. Following her tenure as First Lady, Maria Shriver was instrumental in the publication of The Shriver Report.

First published in 2003, the report was produced in partnership with the Center for American Progress, USC’s Annenberg Center on Communication, Leadership and Policy, and the Rockefeller Foundation. It showed that American women make up half of the US workforce and how this fact affects family, business, government and faith organizations. The series-like report was published in 2010 and 2014, covering Alzheimer’s disease and women and their children living in poverty respectively.

Apart from that, Maria Shriver is the author of at least seven books. Some of them are; Ten Things I Wish I Knew Before I Went Into The Real World (2000), What’s Wrong With Timmy? (2001), What Happens to Grandpa? (2004) And One Last Thing Before You Go… (2005) What Is Heaven? (2007) and ” Just Who Will You Be?” Big Question, Little Book, Answer Within (2008) and I’ve Been Thinking…: Reflections, Prayers, and Meditations for a Meaningful Life (2018).

Awards and Recognitions

And all these efforts have not gone unnoticed. Maria Shriver is a modest recipient of two Emmy Awards and one Academy of Television Arts & Sciences award for Executive Producer of The Alzheimer’s Project. In 2009 she received the Pathfinders to Peace Award from the Shinnyo-en Foundation. And Shriver has a plant named after her in October 2004, the Maria Shriver Rose, which is known to contain starchy white flowers and a powerful citrus scent.

In April 2013, two years after his retirement, NBC announced that Shriver would rejoin the network as a special anchor dedicated to addressing issues related to the changing roles of women in American life. In October of those years, she returned to the Anchor desk today.

Wealth (income and earnings)

With countless hours of screen time under her, Maria Shriver’s net worth is estimated to be around $100 million. However, we have no information about their actual annual salary.

Arnold Schwarzenegger’s wife, children, divorce

Maria Shriver and Arnold Schwarzenegger first met through a mutual friend, Tom Brokaw, in 1977; at a charity tennis tournament with her mother. Maria dated the Austrian bodybuilder for ten years until their marriage on April 26, 1986. The ceremony took place at St. Frances Xavier Roman Catholic Church in Hyannis, Massachusetts. Together they have four children; Katherine (b. December 13, 1989), Christina (b. July 23, 1991), Patrick (b. September 18, 1993) and Christopher (b. September 27, 1997).

Following their separation in May 2011, Shriver filed for divorce on July 1, 2011, citing irreconcilable differences. However, we do know that the reasons for their divorce are related to Schwarzenegger’s infidelity. Mildred Patricia Baena fathered a child in 1997 with a longtime household member. An incident he only admitted to when Shriver confronted him. She described the finding as “painful and heartbreaking” and has not commented on the issue since. As of this writing, Maria Shriver is in a relationship with political adviser Matthew Dowd, who served as strategist for her husband’s 2006 re-election campaign.

Maria Shriver’s height and body measurements

For a woman her age, Shriver still has a graceful slim build. She is 1.66 meters tall and weighs 57 kg. Her chest, waist and hips measure 34-25-35 inches. She also has dark brown hair and blue eyes. She wears a dress size and shoe size of US 4 and US 8 respectively.