She had just published a children's book 'What's Heaven?' that had become a bestseller and won a Peabody award for a program about getting women off welfare. 'And I hung up the phone and sat on the floor of my hotel room and wept, for, like, half an hour' she told Oprah Winfrey, 'because I felt that finally I had done something that had nothing to do with being a Kennedy, that had nothing to do with being married to Arnold, that I had accomplished something on my own. And that was at forty-three years of age.'

— Maria Shriver  

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