Maria Shriver Biography
Maria Owings Shriver is an American journalist, author, member of the Kennedy family, former First Lady of California, and the founder of the nonprofit organization The Women’s Alzheimer’s movement. She was married to former Governor of California and actor Arnold Schwarzenegger, from whom she filed for divorce in 2011. Shriver is currently a “special” anchor and correspondent for NBC News.
How old is Maria Shriver? – Age
The American journalist is 65 years old as of November 2020. She was born on November 6, 1955 in Chicago, Illinois in the United States.
Maria Shriver Family
The American journalist was born as the second child and only daughter of the politician Sargent Shriver and activist Eunice Kennedy Shriver. She is the niece of the late U.S. president John F. Kennedy, U.S. Attorney General and U.S. senator Robert F. Kennedy, U.S. senator Ted Kennedy, and six other prominent siblings. A Roman catholic, she is of mostly Irish and German descent. She is the fourth cousin of tennis player Pam Shriver.
Maria Shriver Marriage – Husband
The American journalist was married but later divorced with her husband. In 1977, Tom Brokaw introduced Maria to Austrian bodybuilder and actor Arnold Schwarzenegger at a charity tennis tournament being held at her mother’s home. She married Schwarzenegger on April 26, 1986, in Hyannis, Massachusetts, at St. Francis Xavier Roman Catholic church.
On May 9, 2011, Schwarzenegger and Shriver announced their separation after 25 years of marriage, and she moved out of the couple’s Brentwood mansion. In 2013, Shriver began dating political consultant Matthew Dowd, the strategist for Arnold Schwarzenegger’s 2006 reelection Campaign. She later confirmed she was single in May 2017.
Maria Shriver Children
Before their divorce with Arnold Schwarzenegger they were blessed with children together. They have four children: Katherine who was born on December 13, 1989, Christina born on July 23, 1991, Patrick born on September 18, 1993 and Christopher who was born on September 27, 1997; all were born in Los Angeles.
Maria Shriver Media Career
The American journalist says that she became passionate about broadcast journalism after being sent to the back of the campaign plane with the press corps while volunteering for her father’s 1972 U.S. vice presidential race, calling these orders “the best thing that ever happened to me”. After her journalism career began with KYW-TV in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, she co-anchored The CBS Morning News with Forrest Sawyer from August 1985 until August 1986, co-anchored The CBS Morning News with Forrest Sawyer from August 1985 until August 1986, co-anchored NBC News’s Sunday Today from 1987 until 1990.
Following her husband’s November 17, 2003, inauguration as the 38th Governor of California, She became the First Lady of California. She appeared as herself in the film Last Action Hero. On March 23, 2007, Shriver returned to television news as substitute host of panel-discussion talk show Larry King Live on CNN with musician Sheryl Crow and other guests. In 2008, Shriver executive-produced American Idealist: The story of Sargent Shriver.
The American journalist was the executive producer of “The Alzheimer’s project”, a four-part documentary series that premiered on HBO in May 2009 and later earned two Emmy Awards. In 2016, Shriver published the coloring book color your mind, a coloring book for people with Alzheimer’s. In 2018, She published I’ve Been Thinking…’ Reflections prayers and meditations for meaningful life, which became an instant No. 1 New York Times bestseller.
The Shriver Report
In October 2009, Shriver launched “The Shriver Report: A woman’s nation changes everything,” a national study and comprehensive report conducted in partnership with the Center for American progress, USC’s Annenberg center on communication, Leadership and policy, and the Rockefeller Foundation. The report was released in 2013 in partnership with TIME and NBC News.
First lady of California
After Arnold took office, Shriver took on several key initiatives as First Lady, which included raising awareness of the contributions of woman to the state, working on practical solutions to end cycles of poverty, and encouraging all Californians to engage in acts of service to their communities. Shriver began leading the California Governor & first lady’s conference on women when Schwarzenegger took office in 2003.
Return to NBC News
On April 30, 2013, NBC announced that Shriver would join the network again as a special anchor working on issues surrounding the shifting roles of women in American life. On October 18, 2013, Shriver returned to the anchor desk on Today, filling-in for Savannah Guthrie for the first time since 1998 as co-anchor with Matt Lauer.
Maria Shriver Net Worth
The American journalist has a estimated net worth of $200 million.