The Politically Odd Couple: The Day Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver Wed

The couple lasted more than 20 years married.

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Politically, they seemed an unlikely pairing: Mary Shriverthen a co-anchor of the CBS Morning News in New York City, was a Democrat and a member of one of the most prominent political families in the country.

His mother, Eunice Kennedy Shriver, was the sister of John F. Kennedy and Robert F. Kennedy, while his father, R. Sargent Shriver, had been the Democratic vice-presidential candidate in 1972.

arnold schwarzeneggerwho was born in Austria, came to the United States in 1968 and sHe became a US citizen in 1983. Shortly thereafter, he began actively campaigning for Republican candidates; Later, President George HW Bush would appoint him chairman of the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports.

CANNES, FRANCE – MAY 16: Actor Arnold Schwarzenegger with wife Maria Shriver greets fans as the pair arrive for the screening of the film “Les Egares” at the Palais des Festivals during the 56th Cannes International Film Festival on May 16, 2003 in Cannes, France. (Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)

Shriver began his journalistic career in 1977, after graduating from Georgetown University. That same year, television journalist Tom Brokaw introduced him to Schwarzenegger at a party the night before the annual Robert F. Kennedy Pro-Celebrity Tennis Tournament in Forest Hills, New York.

The amateur Schwarzenegger had won the first of five Mr. Universe titles by the age of 20. Upon his arrival in Hollywood, he acted in forgettable movies like Hercules in New York before Conan the Barbarian (1982) and Terminator (1984) made him a big star.

Then, he and Shriver were involved in a long-term bi-coastal relationship, while she was making her way on CBS News.

On April 26, 1986, Shriver and Schwarzenegger were married at St. Francis Xavier Church in Hyannis, Massachusetts. before about 500 guests.

The bride’s cousin, Caroline Kennedy, was the maid of honor, and former Mr. Universe Franco Columbu was the best man. The reception was held at the Kennedy compound in nearby Hyannisport.

In the fall of 2003, Schwarzenegger was elected Governor of California. in a special recall election over Democratic incumbent Gray Davis. At the time, Shriver was a news correspondent for NBC and a frequent contributor to the network’s Dateline show. In February 2004, she announced that she would be leaving the network due to the conflicting interests of her job as First Lady of California.

Actor Arnold Schwarzenegger and his wife Maria Shriver after he filed his declaration of candidacy papers for the California gubernatorial recall election at the Los Angeles County Recorder’s Office in Norwalk, California, August 9, 2003. (HECTOR MATA/AFP via Getty Images)

In 2007, Shriver announced that he would not return to television news.. Shriver played a major behind-the-scenes role in her husband’s campaign and administration, helping him garner support from the California electorate.

Shriver and Schwarzenegger have four children: Katherine, Christina, Patrick, and Christopher. In 2011 they announced that they were separating, after 25 years of marriage.

SACRAMENTO, CA – NOVEMBER 16: Christopher, 6, Patrick, 10, Christina, 12, and Katherine, the children of Governor-elect Arnold Schwarzenegger, sit and wait on stage as their mother Maria receives last-minute instructions from Jay Parmer, Director of Ceremonies at the State Capital on November 16, 2003 in Sacramento, California. (David Paul Morris/Getty Images)

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