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Maria Shriver married Arnold Schwarzenegger and was the first lady of California from 2003-10. She is part of the Kennedy family and was an NBC journalist for many years.
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Her father has Alzheimer's disease.
Later in 2009, Shriver experienced two great personal losses. Her mother died on August 11th at Cape Cod Hospital in Hyannis, Massachusetts. Two weeks later, Shriver lost her uncle, Senator Ted Kennedy, who had been battling brain cancer. After her uncle's death, Shriver appeared on Meet the Press. She described her late uncle as "the most compassionate, empathetic man."
She faced another challenging time in her life in 2011. It was revealed in May that Schwarzenegger had fathered a child with Mildred Patricia Baena, the couple's house keeper for two decades. After Schwarzenegger acknowledged that he had an affair more than a decade ago and that the child was his, Shriver moved out of their Brentwood mansion. Shriver later filed for divorce from her husband of more than 20 years.
Outside of the world of politics, Shriver has established herself as a successful author. She has written several works, including a successful series of children's books. Her most recent work is Just Who Will You Be? (2008).
Shriver and her husband have four children: Katherine, Christina, Patrick and Christopher.
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