The Arnold-Maria split and 7 more political breakups: A slideshow
California's former first couple — an unlikely pair who had defied the odds — calls it quits, the latest high-profile marriage to dissolve amid the pressures of public life
After 25 years of marriage the political power couple Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver are calling it quits and theirs is not the only marriage that has suffered in the political spotlight. FRANCIS SPECKER/epa/Corbis

After 25 years of marriage and four children, former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and TV journalist Maria Shriver announced their separation on Monday. They wed in 1986 after the bodybuilder-turned actor had scored breakthough roles in Conan the Barbarian and The Terminator. The unlikely pair — Schwarzenegger is a Republican, and Shriver is Democratic royalty as a member of the Kennedy clan — made a winning team when Schwarzenegger ran for office in 2003 and Shriver stumped for him on the way to the statehouse. Now they join a long list of political power couples to fall apart in the public eye. Here are seven more:



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