Maria Shriver Biography

Maria Shriver is a famous American journalist and activist. Check out this biography to know about her childhood, family life, achievements and fun facts about her life.

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Birthday: November 6, 1955

Nationality: American

Famous: Journalists American Women

Age: 64 Years, 64 Year Old Females

Sun Sign: Scorpio

Also Known As: Maria Owings Shriver

Born in: Chicago, Illinois, United States

Famous as: Journalist

Height: 5'5" (165 cm), 5'5" Females

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Spouse/Ex-: Arnold Schwarzenegger (m. 1986)

father: Sargent Shriver

mother: Eunice Kennedy Shriver

siblings: Anthony Shriver (brother), Bobby Shriver (brother), Mark Shriver (brother), Timothy Shriver (brother)

children: Christina Schwarzenegger, Christopher Schwarzenegger, Katherine Schwarzenegger, Patrick Schwarzenegger

City: Chicago, Illinois

U.S. State: Illinois

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Maria Shriver is a famous American journalist and activist known for her long career with NBC. She was also the First Lady of California for seven years as the then-wife of Arnold Schwarzenegger, a well know actor, businessman, and former Governor of California. Born in Chicago, Illinois, Shriver is the daughter of American diplomat Sargent Shriver and niece of former US President John F. Kennedy. She began her career as a journalist after graduating from the Georgetown University in Washington. During her career as a journalist, she wrote a book titled 'Ten Things I Wish I'd Known Before I Went Out Into The Real World'. She was also a co-anchor for the NBC coverage of the 1988 Summer Olympics, which won an Emmy award. She resigned when Arnold Schwarzenegger, her husband, became the Governor of California. Shriver also hosted as well co-produced a TV program named 'The Alzheimer's Project'. It won her two Emmy Awards. She returned to NBC after her divorce from Schwarzenegger. She currently serves as a special anchor and correspondent for NBC.

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Childhood & Early Life
Career in Journalism
  • After completing her studies, Maria Shriver started working as a news writer and producer for KYW-TV, a TV station based in Philadelphia. Later, she started working at WJZ-TV where she wrote as well as produced the show ‘Evening Magazine’. She eventually moved on to work for CBS news as a co-anchor of the popular show ‘CBS Morning News’.
  • She joined NBC News in 1986 as a correspondent. Soon, she started anchoring shows such as ‘Main Street’, and ‘Sunday Today’. A few years later, she started hosting a show titled ‘First Person with Maria Shriver’. She conducted interviews of several well-known personalities such as Fidel Castro, Sarah Ferguson, and Magic Johnson.
  • From 1992 to 2004, she was a contributing anchor to the weekly show ‘Dateline NBC’. She also portrayed herself in the 1993 film ‘Last Action Hero’. Shortly after her husband became the Governor of California in November 2003, she resigned from NBC.
  • In 2008, she served as an executive producer of the show ‘American Idealist: The Story of Sargent Shriver’. The show revolved around her father and his vision and accomplishments.
  • Shriver also served as an executive producer of the documentary series ‘The Alzheimer’s Project’. The show earned a lot of appreciation for its detailed look at this brain disorder affecting millions of people worldwide. It won her two Emmy Awards.
  • In the year 2009, she launched ‘The Shriver Report: A Woman’s Nation Changes Everything’. The study showed that American women make up half the work force of the United States. It also showed how it impacts major institutions such as family, business and government.
  • Also an author, Shriver has published several books such as ‘Ten Things I Wish I'd Known Before I Went Out Into The Real World’, ‘What's Happening to Grandpa?’ and ‘And One More Thing Before You Go..’ A year after her divorce she joined NBC again as a special anchor. She covers issues surrounding the roles of women in America.
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First Lady of California
  • Maria Shriver became the First Lady of California when her husband Arnold Schwarzenegger became the Governor of California. During this time, she advocated for many important social causes.
  • She helped ‘The Women’s Conference’ grow and become the nation’s premier forum for women. Her initiatives helped to bring focus on the needs of women, the poor as well as the disabled. She launched the Minerva Awards in 2004, in order to reward those women of California who have worked hard to bring a change to society.
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  • She is also known for her commitment towards the intellectually disabled. She has been involved with several charitable organizations such as ‘Best Buddies’ and ‘Special Olympics’. She started the ‘WE Connect Program’ in order to bring together community organizations as well as government agencies and state leads to help struggling individuals and families in need.
  • Shriver promoted service and volunteerism as the chairperson of CaliforniaVolunteers. In order to help women start or grow their businesses, she also started the ‘WE Invest Program’. Later, she also started a project to plant the first edible garden at a state capitol.
Major Works
  • In her children’s book ‘What’s happening to Grandpa?’ Maria Shriver attempts to explain the various aspects of Alzheimer's disease and other forms of memory loss to young children in a simple and lucid language. The book proved to be a major success.
  • Shriver served as an executive producer of the documentary TV series ‘The Alzheimer’s Project’. The show provided detailed analysis of Alzheimer’s disease, a devastating and irreversible brain disorder affecting millions of people worldwide. It destroys a person’s memory as well as thinking skills. The show earned much appreciation and won two Emmy Awards as well.
Awards & Achievements
  • For the show ‘The Alzheimer’s Project’, Maria Shriver won two Emmy Awards, as well as an Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Award. She has won a Peabody Award as well for her contribution to journalism.
  • In 2009, she was awarded the ‘Pathfinders to Peace Award’ by the Shinnyo-en Foundation, for her contribution to various social causes.
Personal Life
  • Maria Shriver first met actor Arnold Schwarzenegger during the early years of her journalism career. Shortly the two started dating and they finally got married in April 1986. The marriage took place at St Francis Xavier Roman Catholic Church in Hyannis, Massachusetts. The couple has four children named Katherine, Christina, Patrick and Christopher.
  • The couple announced their separation in May 2011. She left the marriage after learning of Schwarzenegger’s secret relationship with their housekeeper with who he had fathered a child as well. Their divorce was finalized in 2017.
  • Since 2013, Shriver has been dating Matthew Dowd, a political consultant.

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