Maria Shriver (1955- ) has been the first lady of California since 2003, being married to the governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger, who is also a world-famous actor as the Terminator (“Hasta la vista, baby”). She belongs to the powerful Kennedy family. John Kennedy, the president, was her uncle. So was Bobby Kennedy. Her mother (their sister) founded the Special Olympics and her father was the first head of the Peace Corps.
According to this blog she is the sixth most beautiful woman in the world. Not according to the way she looks now at 52 but how she looked in her 20s. What a jaw!
She has four children, ages 9 to 17: Katherine, Christina, Patrick and Christopher. They could well become famous in their own right some day.
Besides all that, she has spent most of her working life being a newswoman, reporting and presenting the news on television, first for CBS and then for NBC.
She has also written some books. When her grandmother died she wrote about heaven to help children understand death. When she gave a speech at Holy Cross she told them about the ten things she wished she was told about life when she left university. That became a book too.
Here, by the way, are the ten things she wished she knew when she was young:
- First and foremost: pinpoint your passion.
- No job is beneath you.
- Who you work for and with is as important as what you do.
- Your behaviour has consequences.
- Be willing to fail.
- Superwoman is dead … and Superman may be taking Viagra.
- Children do change your career (not to mention your whole life).
- Marriage is a hell of a lot of hard work.
- Don’t expect anyone else to support you financially.
Because she had an aunt whose mind was not right, Shriver became a champion for the disabled. She wrote a book to help children understand them.
She was taught from an early age to make a difference in the world.
She became interested in television news when her father ran for vice president in 1972. She found herself hanging out in the back with the reporters. She saw that she could touch more people through television than her father could through public office.
So when she got out of Georgetown University she worked her way up from the bottom of television news. Along the way she became friends with Oprah Winfrey, then another up-and-coming woman in television.
Her marriage to Schwarzenegger is a mixed one: he is a solid Republican, she is a solid Democrat. The Democrats in California often talk to her to get through to her husband. She tells her husband how Democrats and the press see him and how to get his point across. But in the end, her loyalties lie more with her husband than with her party.
She met Schwarzenegger in 1977 long before he became famous. She liked how he came to America with nothing and yet made a name for himself. Unlike the men in her family, he is a self-made man. Like Oprah, he is the American dream come true.
In the 2008 race for president she came out in support of Barack Obama.
– Abagond, 2007.