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Katherine Schwarzenegger
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Schwarzenegger at the World Dog Awards in January 2015
BornKatherine Eunice Schwarzenegger
(1989-12-13) December 13, 1989 (age 28)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Parent(s)Arnold Schwarzenegger
Maria Shriver
RelativesGustav Schwarzenegger (grandfather)
See Kennedy family

Katherine Eunice Schwarzenegger[1] (born December 13, 1989)[1] is an American author and the elder daughter of actor/politician Arnold Schwarzenegger and broadcast journalist Maria Shriver. A member of the Kennedy family, Schwarzenegger is a grandniece of John F. Kennedy, the 35th President of the United States.


  • 1 Early life
  • 2 Career
  • 3 Personal life
  • 4 Advocacy
  • 5 Bibliography
  • 6 References
  • 7 External links

Early life[edit]

Schwarzenegger and her brother, Patrick, October 27, 2010

Katherine was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. She is the eldest child of actor and politician Arnold Schwarzenegger (Austrian-born), and journalist and author Maria Shriver (of Irish and German descent), whose mother Eunice is a younger sister of former U.S. President John F. Kennedy, and father Sargent Shriver was a U.S. Ambassador to France and the Democratic nominee for Vice President of the United States in the 1972 election.[2] She has a younger sister, Christina Schwarzenegger,[3] and two younger brothers, Patrick[4] and Christopher Schwarzenegger.[5] Through her father, she also has a half-brother, Joseph Baena.[6][7]


In 2010, Schwarzenegger wrote a book entitled Rock What You've Got: Secrets to Loving Your Inner and Outer Beauty from Someone Who's Been There and Back.[8] Schwarzenegger uses the book to describe her personal journey and encourage other young women to achieve confidence and a positive self-image.[9] She had body-image issues between fourth and seventh grade, but now controls her physical and mental health with walking exercises and yoga.[10]

After graduating from college in 2012 and unsure of her next steps, Schwarzenegger sought career advice from a variety of people, including athletes, singers, entrepreneurs and actors.[11] She compiled their wisdom into her second book— I Just Graduated . . . Now What?—which was released in 2014 as a "survival guide" for recent college grads.[12]

In 2017, Schwarzenegger authored a children’s book, Maverick and Me. The book tells the story of how Schwarzenegger rescued and subsequently adopted her dog, Maverick. Using her own experience as a "foster fail" (when a foster home turns into a "furever" home), the book touts the benefits of pet adoption and rescue.[13]

Personal life[edit]

As of July 2018, she is in a relationship with actor Chris Pratt.[14][15]


Schwarzenegger is an ASPCA Ambassador[13] and supports the Best Friends Animal Society.[16]


  • Schwarzenegger, Katherine (2010). Rock What You've Got: Secrets to Loving Your Inner and Outer Beauty from Someone Who's Been There and Back. Voice Publishing. ISBN 1-4013-4143-8.
  • Schwarzenegger, Katherine (2014). I Just Graduated ... Now What?: Honest Answers from Those Who Have Been There. Crown Archetype. ISBN 978-0385347204.
  • Schwarzenegger, Katherine (2017). Maverick and Me. ISBN 978-0824956875