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Also Known As: Maria Owings Shriver Died:
Born: November 6, 1955 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Chicago, Illinois, USA Profession: journalist, author, First Lady of California

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As a member of the famous Kennedy family, Maria Shriver seemed destined to enter the political arena from birth. But her early aversion for a political life coupled with a passion for journalism led Shriver down a different path - one that eventually led to exactly where she was reluctant to be - in the public spotlight. After graduating Georgetown University, she began working as a reporter and writer for a local news station in Philadelphia, which soon led to producing the news in nearby Baltimore. Eventually, she found her way to CBS, where she became a correspondent on the evening news. Jumping over to NBC, Shriver was propelled to celebrity when she became a host of a variety of news specials like "Cutting Edge with Maria Shriver" (NBC, 1990) and "First Person with Maria Shriver," as well as the weekend anchor of the nightly news. But her famous and unlikely marriage to actor/bodybuilder Arnold Schwarzenegger led to a life in politics when the action star became the governor of California in the recall election of Gray Davis in 2003. As a life-long Democrat married to a Republican governor, Shriver was thrust into public service while being forced out of her hosting duties by NBC in early 2004...

As a member of the famous Kennedy family, Maria Shriver seemed destined to enter the political arena from birth. But her early aversion for a political life coupled with a passion for journalism led Shriver down a different path - one that eventually led to exactly where she was reluctant to be - in the public spotlight. After graduating Georgetown University, she began working as a reporter and writer for a local news station in Philadelphia, which soon led to producing the news in nearby Baltimore. Eventually, she found her way to CBS, where she became a correspondent on the evening news. Jumping over to NBC, Shriver was propelled to celebrity when she became a host of a variety of news specials like "Cutting Edge with Maria Shriver" (NBC, 1990) and "First Person with Maria Shriver," as well as the weekend anchor of the nightly news. But her famous and unlikely marriage to actor/bodybuilder Arnold Schwarzenegger led to a life in politics when the action star became the governor of California in the recall election of Gray Davis in 2003. As a life-long Democrat married to a Republican governor, Shriver was thrust into public service while being forced out of her hosting duties by NBC in early 2004 for a conflict of interest. Despite giving up her journalism career to become First Lady of California, Shriver used her office to champion women's causes and Alzheimer's research, assuring fans and admirers that she was able to be an effective advocate in her latest role.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Last Action Hero (1993) Herself (Cameo Appearance)
2.
3.
 Intimate Portrait: Maria Shriver (2001) Interviewee
4.
 Holiday With the Stars (2001) Interviewee
5.
 Power of One, The (2001) Host
6.
 Oprah Winfrey: Heart of the Matter (2000) Interviewee
8.
 Decision '96: The Republican National Convention (1996) Podium Correspondent
10.
 Decision '96 Election Night (1996) Special Correspondent (Little Rock, Ak)
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1977:
Began career as news writer and producer for KYW-TV in Philadelphia, PA
1978:
Worked as a news producer for WJZ-TV in Baltimore, MD
1981:
Produced syndicated series "Portrait of a Legend"
:
Named national reporter for "PM Magazine"
1983:
Worked for CBS News as correspondent
1985:
Co-anchored "CBS Morning News" with Forrest Sawyer
1987:
Joined NBC News as co-host of "Sunday Today"
1987:
Hosted "Main Street" for NBC News
1989:
Was substitute anchor for "NBC Nightly News"
1990:
Hosted the "Cutting Edge" for NBC News
1990:
Began hosting "First Person With Maria Shriver" for NBC
1990:
Released video "Winners and Losers: Dealing with Substance Abuse"
1992:
Participated in the NBC News coverage of political conventions
1993:
Appeared in "The Last Action Hero," starring husband Arnold Schwarzenegger
1994:
Served as contributing anchor to "Dateline NBC"
2000:
Published <i>Ten Things I Wish I'd Known Before I Went Out Into The Real World</i>
2003:
Served as First Lady of California
2004:
Announced she would step down from full-time job with NBC News to focus on her role as First Lady of California; continued working on occasional TV projects
2004:
Returned to NBC to interview Roy Horn for "Siegfried & Roy: The Miracle," the first TV interview since he was mauled by one of his tigers
2004:
Told by NBC she was to be "relieved of duties at NBC News," citing the conflict of interest
2009:
Executive produced and hosted HBO four-part documentary "The Alzheimer's Project"
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Education

Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart: Bethesda , Maryland - 1973
Georgetown University: - 1977

Notes

Shriver is developing a project with producer-director Ivan Reitman about a conservative Republican married into a family of Democrats, that parallels her own situation.

With her husband, Shriver is an owner of the restaurant Schatzi on Main

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husband:
Arnold Schwarzenegger. Actor, bodybuilder, politician. Married on April 26, 1986; elected Governor of California 2003.

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father:
Robert Sargent Shriver Jr. Government official. Was first director of Peace Corps and a former vice presidential candidate.
mother:
Eunice Kennedy Shriver. Was founder of Special Olympics.
brother:
Robert Sargent Shriver III. Producer. Born April 28, 1954.
brother:
Timothy Perry Shriver. Born August 29, 1959.
brother:
Mark Kennedy Shriver. Born February 17, 1964.
brother:
Anthony Paul Shriver. Born July 20, 1965.
uncle:
John Fitzgerald Kennedy. Politician. Was US President January 1961-November 1963.
uncle:
Robert Francis Kennedy. Politician. Served as US Attorney General and also US Senator from New York.
uncle:
Edward Moore Kennedy. Politician. US Senator from Massachusetts.
cousin:
Caroline Kennedy Schlossberg. Author.
cousin:
John F Kennedy Jr. Magazine publisher.
cousin:
Joseph P Kennedy. US Congressman from Massachusetts.
cousin:
Patrick Kennedy. Rhode Island state representative.
cousin:
Christopher Lawford. Actor, producer.
daughter:
Katherine Eunice Schwarzenegger. Born on December 13, 1989.
daughter:
Christina Aurelia Schwarzenegger. Born on July 23, 1991.
son:
Patrick Schwarzenegger. Born on September 18, 1993.
son:
Christopher Sargent Shriver Schwarzenegger. Born on September 27, 1997.
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Bibliography close complete biography

"What's Heaven?"
"Ten Things I Wish I'd Known -- Before I Went Out Into the Real World" Warner Books

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