Maria Owings Shriver born November 6, 1955 is an American journalist and author of six best-selling books. She has received a Peabody Award, and was co-anchor of NBC's Emmy-winning coverage of the 1988 Summer Olympics. A Catholic of German descent through her father and Irish American descent through his mother, she is the second child and only daughter of the politician Sargent Shriver and Eunice Kennedy Shriver.
Since Governor Schwarzenegger took office, took Shriver in a number of key initiatives as first lady, which includes raising awareness of women's contributions to the state, working on practical solutions to end cycles of poverty, and urges all Californians to engage in acts of service to their communities.
Shriver has hired a divorce lawyer, Laura Wasser, who previous clients include Angelina Jolie, Christina Aguilera and Britney Spears. As first lady, Shriver was instrumental in hiring people with disabilities in the capital and in the offices of the state through its various programs we carry. May 9, 2011 Shriver and Schwarzenegger were divorced after 25 years of marriage to Shriver at home in a couple of Brentwood.