Courtesy of Maria Shriver
Born: November 6, 1955 in Chicago, IL
Married: Arnold Schwarzenegger on April 26, 1986
(The couple filed for divorce in 2011.)
Father: Robert "Sargent" Shriver
Mother: Eunice Kennedy Shriver
Husband (separated in 2011): Arnold Schwarzenegger
Children: Katherine, Christina, Patrick and Christopher
Find out more about the time period and interests of Maria Shriver
Like the First Ladies that came before her, Maria served as the First Lady of California while also fulfilling the roles of mother, wife, daughter, sister and friend. As the only girl in a family of four brothers, Maria grew up in Chicago in a prominent political family headed by her father Robert "Sargent" Shriver and mother Eunice Kennedy Shriver. She graduated from Georgetown University with a degree in American Studies and went on to become an award winning journalist and best-selling author.
As a "general assignment First Lady" Maria took on many important projects in order to "inform, empower, and uplift Californians by addressing the struggles of the working poor and poverty; childhood obesity; Alzheimer's disease and people living with disabilities; supporting military families; disaster preparedness; [and] extolling the accomplishments of women." Following her vision to promote California culture, art and history, Maria was instrumental in creating the California Museum for History, Women and the Arts (now the California Museum).
Books and Articles
- Cook and LaDue, The First Ladies of California, Xlibris Corporation, 2007