A Letter from Maria ShriverBroadcast Journalist and Author, First Lady of California

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Dear Mummy,

Happy Happy Birthday. You are my hero and I love you so so much. Thank you for the gift of life, for encouraging me always in everything I have ever done. You have always been my number one fan. The first to call me after every TV show I ever did. The first to visit every bookstore in America and make sure my book was front and center. If not you moved it there yourself. You were always the first to push me forward and to catch me when I fell back. Your life, your work is an example to me of what is possible. You have always fought for the underdog. You are an inspiration and a hero to millions of people with intellectual disabilities -To me you are mummy - tough - smart - funny - competitive - driven. On this birthday I hope you take a moment to realize you have changed the world. Yes you did. You also made my life. You once said you wished everyone could have a daughter named Maria. I wish everyone could have a mother named Eunice. Actually so many have. You mothered a family and a movement. I love you Happy Birthday Mummy.

Love Maria

About Maria Shriver

Maria Shriver is a mother, wife, daughter, sister, friend, and proud First Lady of California. Shriver believes "It's All About WE" and in the transformative power of working together to achieve a positive legacy for California. Through her innovative WE programs and initiatives, Shriver has spearheaded efforts that empower women and families and enlist Californians to solve critical issues together.

A lifelong supporter of Special Olympics, she serves on the organization's International Board. She is deeply involved with Best Buddies, and at the State Capitol, gives individuals with intellectual disabilities a chance to excel in jobs that give them satisfaction and purpose through the California Developmentally Disabled Opportunity Initiative.

An award winning journalist, Shriver's career has spanned more than two decades, serving as a reporter, correspondent and anchor for world news organizations such as CBS and NBC. She has been honored with a Peabody and Emmy Award, and is the author of five New York Times best-selling books. A graduate of Georgetown University, she and her husband, Arnold Schwarzenegger, have four children. Maria's Shriver's Official Website