Shriver was born November 6, 1955 in Chicago, Illinois. A Roman Catholic of German descent through her father and Irish descent through her mother, she is the second child and only daughter of the politician Sargent Shriver and Eunice Kennedy Shriver.

She is is a journalist and author of six best-selling books, and she was formerly First Lady of California as the wife of actor and then-California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Maria Shriver's Family Tree