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Oprah courting Maria Shriver to boost OWN ratings?

Oprah wants Maria Shriver for OWN
Oprah Winfrey did her fair share of stories on plastic surgery during her syndicated talk show days, so let's say the mogul knows when it's time for a face-lift. 

That's precisely what reports say she's doing with her floundering OWN television network, which recently laid off 30 staffers and has failed to deliver Winfrey-caliber ratings since launch.

Rumor has it Winfrey is courting journalist and estranged Arnold Schwarzenegger spouse Maria Shriver to climb aboard for her own show. 

"Oprah knows she needs to pull a rabbit out of the hat, literally," RadarOnline cites a source as saying.

"She has been in discussions with Maria for a very long time about doing a news/special interest driven show for OWN. However, Oprah has ramped up the pressure in the past several weeks."

Winfrey and Shriver are longtime pals, prone to power dinners in Beverly Hills and sweet tributes from one iconic femme to the other. The collaboration makes sense and clearly could fetch some dollars from advertisers. 

The catch: Winfrey made a presumably winning bet with Rosie O'Donnell, who returned to television with a chat show for OWN that was canceled last week after poor performance. 

The Radar report goes on to speculate that Shriver is in the perfect place to accept a high-profile offer like this. Her camera-friendly son Patrick is about college age, leaving her with only her youngest, Christopher, to tend to, freeing her schedule for an OWN project. 

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Photo: Oprah Winfrey speaks onstage at the 3rd annual Diane Von Furstenberg awards at the United Nations on March 9 in New York. Credit: Andrew H. Walker / Getty Images

 


Maria Shriver, Arnold Schwarzenegger on road to reconciliation?

Maria Shriver and Arnold Schwarzenegger

Maria Shriver and Arnold Schwarzenegger's marriage might not be completely terminated, according to one report.

The couple, who filed for divorce in July surrounding a messy infidelity-and-love-child scandal on Arnold's part, could get a second chance thanks to Shriver's religious beliefs.

Shriver's Catholicism forbids divorce, so Maria is second-guessing the split, a TMZ source said Monday. The report also alleges that the former governor of California  "desperately" wants his bride back and has been wooing her with gifts.

The pair spent the Christmas holiday together with their children, People said, attending the Los Angeles Lakers' season opener at Staples Center along with stars including Kanye West, Megan Fox, Lil Wayne and Adam Levine.

But don't get your hopes up just yet: Despite the nature of their breakup, Shriver has been mature about seeing Arnold for the family's sake. She helped celebrate Schwarzenegger's 64th birthday only weeks after filing for divorce. 

Reconciliation would prove an interesting road for the pair. What say you about their marital status? Tell us in comments.

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Photo: Maria Shriver and Arnold Schwarzenegger in Los Angeles the night of his gubernatorial victory on Oct. 7, 2003. Credit: Carlo Allegri / Getty Images.



Christopher Schwarzenegger home; Maria Shriver tweets gratitude

Christopher Schwarzenegger is out of the hospital Christopher Schwarzenegger, the 13-year-old son of Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver, was released from the hospital Monday evening after suffering serious injuries more than a week before.

The former governor's offspring was surfing in Malibu on July 17 when he collided with an object on the beach, resulting in broken bones and a collapsed lung. Injuries were so serious when the boy was first admitted that some speculated the damage was life-threatening.

"Blessed to be able to take Christopher out of the hospital last night," Shriver tweeted on Tuesday. "What a feeling of relief to know that he's going to be fine." 

"I will forever be grateful to the amazing doctors, nurses and hospital staff in the ICU who helped my son," she added.

Arnold also weighed in on the social network, saying, "I knew Christopher couldn't be stopped! Big thanks to all the doctors, nurses & staff at UCLA that helped him recover."

The good will on display in that tweet is going further than 140 characters -- the elder Schwarzenegger on Monday extended the sentiment to legal affairs with his estranged wife, amending his response to her divorce petition and withdrawing his challenges to spousal support and payment of her legal fees as they dissolve their marriage.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Photo: Christopher Schwarzenegger, right, greets rapper Lil' Wayne at a Los Angeles basketball game in February. Credit: Jae C. Hong / Associated Press


Arnold Schwarzenegger may soften response to Maria Shriver [Poll]

Arnold Schwarzenegger: Did he mean to be a dummy over spousal support for Maria Shriver?

So maybe Arnold Schwarzenegger didn't mean to fight Maria Shriver over spousal support?

Schwarzenegger's response to Shriver's divorce filing took some folks aback Friday when it was revealed that he'd asked the court to make her pay her own legal costs and forget about awarding her support -- even though he was the one who hadn't kept it zipped during their marriage.

However, the former governor may attempt to mend that fence with a revised divorce response filing on Monday, according to TMZ.

Schwarzenegger signed the documents but didn't read them carefully, according to sources who suggested Dad was just as distracted as Mom was by a medical crisis involving their youngest son, Christopher Schwarzenegger. Also, they said, Arnold relied on his lawyer.

Christopher, 13, was hospitalized after a boogie-boarding accident Sunday in Malibu left him with broken ribs and a collapsed lung.

In her 911 call, Shriver said her son couldn't move off the beach. "He's awake and breathing," she said. "It's just he can't move and he's having trouble breathing."

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Christopher Schwarzenegger recovering from serious injuries

Maria Shriver's son Christopher is recovering from a serious injury

Christopher Schwarzenegger, the 13-year-old son of Maria Shriver and Arnold Schwarzenegger, is recovering after a life-threatening accident at the beach.

The son of the former governor was boogie-boarding in Malibu last weekend when he collided with an object on the beach, face-first, resulting in serious injuries including broken bones and a collapsed lung. 

"While it has been a very scary week, Christopher is surrounded by his family and friends. He is a brave boy and is expected to make a full recovery," the divorcing pair said in a joint statement. 

The boy was in the intensive care unit for several days, with his mother at his side nonstop since Sunday and his dad a regular visitor, according to TMZ.

Arnold and his daughter Christina were spotted visiting Christopher in the hospital Friday. His older brother Patrick also tweeted, "Thank you everyone for your messages about my brother. This kid is strongest kid I ever seen. Keep praying." 

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Photo: Maria Shriver and Christopher Schwarzenegger during the NBA All-Stars weekend in February. Credit: Danny Moloshok / Reuters 



Maria Shriver support request challenged by Arnold Schwarzenegger

Maria Shriver

It was Maria Shriver who filed for divorce from Arnold Schwarzenegger going into 4th of July weekend, and now he has responded -- indicating in a form response filed this week that he'd rather not pay spousal support or shoulder 100% of the divorce-related attorney and legal fees.

Wait, wasn't he the one who admitted fathering a child out of wedlock with a longtime member of their household staff? True, but the move -- somewhat unusual, according to divorce attorneys who spoke to the Los Angeles Times -- might hint at the magnitude of the community-property split.

"His position is probably that she's going to have enough money that she won't need the support," Santa Monica divorce attorney Lynn Soodik said. "Either that, or he's being really aggressive."

The Terminator? Nevah!

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Photo: Maria Shriver during a taping of the Oprah Winfrey farewell episodes in May. Credit: Charles Rex Arbogast / Associated Press



Maria Shriver files for divorce from Arnold Schwarzenegger

Maria Shriver files for divorce from Arnold Schwarzenegger

Maria Shriver has filed for divorce from Arnold Schwarzenegger, honoring a time-tested celebrity tradition of doing the deed on a Friday leading into a holiday weekend.

Documents signed by Shriver on June 18 and filed Friday in Los Angeles Superior Court show her seeking joint custody of their two minor sons, 17-year-old Patrick and 13-year-old Christopher. The date of separation in the 25-year marriage was noted as "to be determined."

 Document: Read Maria Shriver's divorce petition

In this case, the checkmark on the "irreconcilable differences" brings to mind Schwarzenegger's May revelation — prompted by questions from the Los Angeles Times — that he'd  fathered a child with longtime housekeeper Mildred Baena. Baena's 20 years of employment with the family had ended in January. The boy is now 13.

Shriver's divorce filing was first reported by TMZ, which noted that the two have no prenup in place. Sources told the website that the two are on speaking terms and that Shriver didn't surprise Schwarzenegger by filing.

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Photo: Maria Shriver and Arnold Schwarzenegger in Los Angeles the night of his gubernatorial victory on Oct. 7, 2003. Credit: Carlo Allegri / Getty Images.



Arnold Schwarzenegger puts his acting career on hold

Arnold Schwarzenegger puts Cry Macho and Terminator film on hold.Arnold Schwarzenegger has gone from "Cry Macho" to crying uncle, putting his acting future on hold while he deals with, ahem, issues in his personal life -- this according to a statement out Thursday from the office of the Terminator.

"Gov. Schwarzenegger is focusing on personal matters and is not willing to commit to any production schedules or time lines," his office said. "This includes 'Cry Macho,' the Terminator franchise and other projects under consideration."

And when will Arnold be back? He has called off his Creative Artists Agency reps until future notice, saying they "will resume discussions when Gov. Schwarzenegger decides." So much for the Shwarzenegger love-child scandal not affecting production.

Recent news that the actor and his wife, Maria Shriver, had separated was followed of course by the revelation Monday that Arnold had fathered a child with a household employee more than 10 years ago, during the course of his 25-year marriage. He said he told Shriver only in January about the situation, which involves a 20-year member of their staff who stopped working for the family that month. 

Shriver has retained the services of a prominent divorce attorney, sources told People, though according to one person she "hasn't decided yet if she wants to end her marriage."

Schwarzenegger, 63, had planned to hit the post-political big screen with "Cry Macho," a drama about an aging horse trainer who, in a fit of desperation, is hired to kidnap the 9-year-old son of his former boss.

"Arnold always plays these big muscular guys, but there's a sweetness to Arnold in real life, and we want to bring that sweetness to the screen," producer Al Ruddy told Hollywood Reporter in early May. "Now that [director Brad Furman has] met with Arnold, he's convinced there's an accessibility and vulnerability there that he wants to bring out."

Just gonna let that hang there for a bit.

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Photo: Arnold Schwarzenegger accepts an award during the 63rd Israel Independence Day Celebration at Skirball Cultural Center on May 10. Credit: Jason Merritt / Getty Images

 


Oprah Winfrey's long goodbye: Maria Shriver, Tom Cruise, Tyler Perry and more pay homage [Pictures]

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For Oprah Winfrey, the beginning of the end was announcing in November 2009 that her long-running "The Oprah Winfrey Show" would be calling it quits after 25 years on the air. Following a supersized final season and trickling, teary-celeb tributes, the end is almost here.

Oprah Winfrey and Tom Cruise Taping "Oprah's Surprise Spectacular," her third-to-last show in Chicago, Winfrey hosted tons of famous names who came to pay homage to the queen of daytime television. 

Maria Shriver, Madonna, Tyler Perry, Usher and famous couch-jumper Tom Cruise all graced the stage in front of thousands of fans at Chi-town's United Center. It was an event worth getting out of jury duty to witness.

"You have given me love, support, wisdom and, most of all, the truth," Shriver told Winfrey. "And I know I’m not alone in receiving those gifts from you."

A rather fitting performance came from Beyonce, clad in a tuxedo unitard, belting out her new tune "Run the World (Girls)." Atop a glowing podium fit for a female president, Beyonce flipped her hair and sang out, "My persuasion can build a nation."

Oprah can relate. Another female music tribute came from pint-sized Broadway vet Kristin Chenoweth, who performed with scores of formally dressed Morehouse College grads. 

Power couple Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith came by, as did Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Katie Holmes, Queen Latifah,  Diane Sawyer and Michael Jordan (click the pics to see more photos from the star-studded event).

We were surprised and delighted to see Winfrey's longtime beau Stedman Graham trot out on stage; we imagine he has an insight or two after so many years with the mogul. 

So might Maya Angelou, who appeared with Alicia Keys. As did Dakota Fanning, Jerry Seinfeld, Jamie Foxx, Rosie O'Donnell and John Legend via satellite

Other performers included Patti LaBelle, featuring Josh Groban, Stevie Wonder and Aretha Franklin.

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Photos: Oprah Winfrey with Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith, top, and Tom Cruise, right, during the taping of "Oprah's Surprise Spectacular" in Chicago. Credits: John Gress / Reuters.



Schwarzenegger admits child with staffer, Shriver admits a 'painful and heartbreaking time'

Arnold Schwarzenegger has admitted to Maria Shriver that he had a child with another woman

Arnold Schwarzenegger on Monday admitted fathering a child 10 years ago with someone other than wife Maria Shriver, telling her about the child only this year.

The couple went public with their separation last week, but gave no reason at the time for the split after 25 years of marriage. Schwarzenegger and Shriver have four children together, ages 13 to 21.

"After leaving the governor's office, I told my wife about this event, which occurred over a decade ago," Schwarzenegger said Monday night in a statement issued to the Los Angeles Times, which broke the stories of the separation and the out-of-wedlock child.

Schwarzenegger, 63, handed over California's reins to Gov. Jerry Brown the first week in January. The staffer, who previously had said the child was hers by her ex-husband and had no comment after the former governor's public admission, retired in January after 20 years of service.

Photos: 25 years of the Schwarzenegger-Shriver marriage

"I wanted to achieve my 20 years, then I asked to retire," the former employee told The Times on Monday, adding that she'd received a severance payment and "left on good terms with them." The Times is not releasing her name or the name of her child, to protect their privacy. A source who wished to remain anonymous said Schwarzenegger took financial responsibility for the child from the start.

"This is a painful and heartbreaking time," Shriver, 55, said in a brief statement issued Tuesday morning. "As a mother, my concern is for the children. I ask for compassion, respect and privacy as my children and I try to rebuild our lives and heal. I will have no further comment."

Schwarzenegger had addressed his family's feelings in his Monday statement.

"I understand and deserve the feelings of anger and disappointment among my friends and family. There are no excuses and I take full responsibility for the hurt I have caused. I have apologized to Maria, my children and my family. I am truly sorry," he said.

In October 2003, shortly before Schwarzenegger's gubernatorial election victory, half a dozen women spoke to the Los Angeles Times about alleged unwanted sexual contact with him in studio offices and in other settings in the '80s, '90s and 2000. "Did he humiliate me?" one said in describing an alleged 1980 encounter with the action star. "You bet he did." The number of women speaking out ultimately climbed to 16, and the actor issued a blanket apology before the vote was held.

The drama continued after the election results were in, with the governor-elect stating in November 2003 that he would hire a private investigator to look into the allegations, then announcing that December that no such investigation was needed.

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"I ask that the media respect my wife and children through this extremely difficult time," Schwarzenegger's Monday statement concluded. "While I deserve your attention and criticism, my family does not. "

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Photo: Then newly elected California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger with wife, Maria Shriver, wave to supporters from the stage after his victory in the California recall election on Oct. 7, 2003, in Los Angeles. Schwarzenegger said in a statement to the Los Angeles Times that he fathered a child with a member of his household staff. Credit: Carlo Allegri / Getty Images

 

 


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