What are we going to do about Maria?
Maria Shriver is an extraordinary woman on many levels. I had first met her when Stuart Milk took me to the Hollywood Hall of Fame awards in Sacramento while she was still First Lady. I was impressed by her stage presence and elegance, while inwardly reeling from a burgeoning scandal that would embarrass even Hilary Clinton!
The second time we met was at the Montage in Beverly Hills, my company DMK International being one of the major donors. It was like a Phoenix rising from ashes! Here was a brand new Maria! A little subdued, but a project in the making! Defiantly a woman with an agenda! She was very gracious to me and invited me to a VIP ” ice creme tasting” in the penthouse bar of the Montage!
I was taken back by the Kennedy-esque beauty of her children! Everyone of them had that casual “old money” style of people who have been brought up in spotlights, especially the powerful spotlight of politics. The handsome youngest boy came over to the table where Beverly Hills journalist and girl friend Marci Weiner and I were sitting and said ” Miss can I bring you Ladies some ice Creme?” We had to laugh, this kid was soooo polite and serious! I shared the lift up to the penthouse with Maria, and she looked at me and said…
“I love your hair!” Shocked, I blurted out “it’s a wig, but I love YOURS!”
“Nooo” she exclaimed “it looks so real!” And then her sunglasses fell off her face and broke at my red platform shoes with black lacquered heels. I picked them up, handed them to her and said “oh what a shame”. “Never mind,” she replied in that young Katherine Hepburn voice, “they only cost $19.00 at the Cape!” I nearly cracked up…who else would buy $19.00 sunglasses at the Cape?”
Emerald Kingdom sent a donation to Maria Shriver Best Buddies, her challenged children charity and I received a gracious letter from her thanking me.
The following year I was invited, along with my entourage back to the Montage. This time Marci and I were escorted by the handsome Yale Scott of DMK and his fiancée Dr.Bobby of The Spa on Rodeo, both companies donating to the event.
Maria looked more sensational than ever–more outgoing, longer thick hair swinging down the back of a very edgy, trendy outfit! Her speech was both compelling and forceful, melting the hardest heart and tightest pocketbook. Her passion for the many kids whose lives have been changed because of her work was real and heartwarming.
I had kept up with Marci this time by having TWO martini’s, thus emboldened by booze I rushed up to her after the speech and embarrassed myself by barking out “Maria you are an idiot if you don’t run for office!”
Startled she gave me an odd look as her people swept her away, but I meant every word.
Here is a woman who has had the inside of politics all her life, she has headed many foundations, owns three businesses and is back in the media. She has survived marital scandal with grace and aplomb and is raising a large family of future great Americans. And she looks terrific! In my mind she could be First Lady again, but on the East coast this time..on her own