This was a big week for the careers of two Kennedy women. Maria Shriver lands back on TV for the first time in a decade, and meanwhile, her cousin Caroline Kennedy awaits the opportunity to become an ambassador.
As New York magazine points out, Kennedy has previously been rumored to be up for ambassadorships to Canada, Ireland, the Vatican, and the United Kingdom. She also dabbled with a campaign for the Senate in 2009, but dropped out without much of an explanation after two months. But the rumors that she’s a top candidate to become President Obama‘s nominee as ambassador to Japan have been swirling for weeks now. The Daily Mail photographed her on the beach in St. Bart’s this week, “with the figure the envy of many women half her age.”
Maria Shriver, John F. Kennedy’s niece, appeared on the Today show yesterday and Monday from the Vatican, introducing a segment on why the new pope chose the name Francis. Shriver had been a regular NBC correspondent between 1996 and 2003, when she took a leave of absence because her husband, Arnold Schwarzenegger, was running for governor.
The couple separated in 2011 after he left office and he admitted fathering a child with the couple’s maid. Shriver has been mostly out of sight since then, and hasn’t given a revealing interview about her life. The Times says there’s been no announcement of her officially rejoining NBC, but it’s an indication that she’s ready to ease back into public life. As the Daily Mail notes wryly, Shriver was “youthful-looking” on camera. In other words, “she looks great.” AKA she’s probably had some work done. And good for her!