Tuesday, April 26, 2016


JFK+50:  Volume 5, No. 1931


Hyannis Port, Massachusetts (JFK+50) Thirty years ago today, April 26, 1986, Maria Shriver*, the niece of President John F. Kennedy, married Arnold Schwarzenegger here in Hyannis Port.  Maria is the daughter of Sargent Shriver, JFK's director of the Peace Corps, and Eunice Kennedy Shriver, JFK's sister.

The ceremony took place at St. Francis Xavier Church and was attended by 500 guests. The bride's cousin, Caroline Kennedy, was the maid of honor while former Mr. Universe, Franco Columbu, was best man.   The reception following the service was held at the Kennedy Compound.

Maria was introduced to Mr. Schwarzenegger by NBC News reporter Tom Brokaw at a 1977 charity tennis tournament.  Maria and Arnold separated after 25 years of marriage in 2011.

Maria Shriver continues to work for NBC NEWS as a Today Show fill-in co-anchor and has recently purchased a $10 million home in Brentwood, California.

*Maria Owings Shriver, born on Nov. 6, 1955 in Chicago, was the 2nd child of Sargent and Eunice Kennedy Shriver.  She earned a BA degree in American Studies from Georgetown University in 1977.

She began a broadcasting career in Philadelphia which led to co-anchor positions with CBS Morning News, NBC Sunday Today, and NBC Nightly News Weekend Edition.

As 1st Lady of the State of California she worked on raising awareness for contributions of women to the state, finding solutions for poverty and emphasis of community service.

Maria Shriver
April 27, 2013
by Angela George