While estranged husband Arnold Schwarzenegger is canoodling with a new lady love, Maria Shriver has a new venture of her own.
Along with her son, Patrick Schwarzenegger, Shriver has become an investor in Blaze Pizza, a "fast-casual" restaurant chain with two locations in Irvine and Pasadena, California, Bloomberg News reported. Blaze Pizza offers build-your-own Neapolitan-style pies loaded with artisinal and fresh ingredients. The chain has its eyes set on expansion, with plans to open locations in Milwaukee, New York and Connecticut.
"We love pizza," Shriver wrote in an email to Bloomberg News. "My son and I are really excited to be in the pizza business."
Maria Shriver joins a group of top investors, including Boston Red Sox co-owner Tom Werner and Panda Express founder Andrew Cherng, who have invested $3 million in the chain. Shriver isn't the first post 50 to make a career change. Take a look at celebrities who switched career paths.
Most know Hawn as a comedy natural, but the actress has been tackling a serious issue affecting the nation: education. Hawn started the Bright Light Foundation in 2003 after seeing the "alarming jump in stress, depression, and violence among today’s children and young people," according to the site. It has since become<a href="http://thehawnfoundation.org/about-us/history/"> the Hawn Foundation</a>, and is focused on improving the emotional and social learning of children through its MindUP program and curriculum.
After serving as our nation's Vice President from 1993 until 2001, and unsuccessfully running for President in 2000, Al Gore turned his attentions to the media world. <a href="http://edition.cnn.com/2013/01/02/business/al-jazeera-current-tv/index.html">Gore co-founded Current TV</a>, a cable news network focused on, in 2005. The network had its fair share of fanfare and controversy, including firing Keith Olbermann in 2009 and having two of its reporters (Laura Ling and Euna Lee) detained by North Korea for illegal entry. <a href="http://articles.washingtonpost.com/2013-01-04/business/36209697_1_current-tv-al-jazeera-kalee-kreider">Gore recently sold Current TV to Al Jazeera</a>, netting a reported $70 million.
Before <a href="http://www.barefootcontessa.com/about.aspx">Ina Garten was a cooking sensation</a>, she worked in the White House Office of Management and Budget. After leaving that job, she got her start in the food world when she opened a speciality foods store in 1978. Since that time, Garten has published eight cookbooks and now has her own show on the <a href="http://www.foodnetwork.com/barefoot-contessa/index.html">Food Network</a>.
The actress became a fitness and aerobic expert in the 80s when she released her first work out video more than 30 years ago.<a href="http://janefonda.com/30th-anniversary-of-my-first-workout-video/"> Fonda has made more than 30 exercise videos and DVDs</a>, and is now focusing on her Prime Time brand, which focuses on fitness for seniors and boomers.
Did you hear about the one about the comedian turned senator? There's no punchline to this one: Al Franken, a Saturday Night Live alum, is now <a href="http://www.alfranken.com/">Minnesota's senator</a>.
We remember Alda as Hawkeye from "M*A*S*H," but a few people may know him by another name: "Professor Alda." The actor turned teacher is a visiting professor at New York's Stony Brook University school of journalism and is a founder of the school's Center for Communicating Science. He recently made headlines for an international contest the Center is putting on, asking <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/12/11/professor-alan-alda-actor-teaches-stony-brook-scientists-time_n_2276265.html">scientists to explain time in a way that sixth-graders would understand</a>.
<a href="http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/blog/ball_dont_lie/post/20-years-later-magic-johnson-still-regrets-retiring-from-the-lakers?urn=nba,wp7099">Magic Johnson retired from the Los Angeles Lakers 20 years ago</a> upon discovering he had contracted HIV-AIDS, a decision he says he still regrets. But that doesn't mean Johnson's been on the bench all those years. He's since become a businessman and philanthropist through <a href="http://magicjohnson.com/company.php?i=aboutmje">Magic Johnson Enterprises</a>, which fosters development in African-American communities.
Long before we knew the actress as Mrs. Landingham on "West Wing" or Karen McCluskey on "Desperate Housewives," <a href="http://www.forbes.com/2010/03/25/sarah-palin-television-leadership-second-acts-celebrities_slide_5.html">Kathryn Joosten was a head nurse</a> turned stay at home mom. Her divorce in 1980 brought her to the stage: at 42 she landed a role in a local production of "Gypsy" and hasn't looked back since.
We all know Arnold's switch from actor to California's two-term Governator in 2003, but remember: before audiences were repeating catchphrases like "Hasta la vista, baby," <a href="http://www.biography.com/people/arnold-schwarzenegger-9476355">Schwarzenegger was a bodybuilding champ</a>, winning titles like Mr. Olympia and Mr. Universe.
Though it seems Ford was born for the big screen, he didn't get his start as an actor. His rise to fame was all about being at the right place at the right time. Ford worked as a carpenter for 15 years and found work building cabinets for a then small-time producer named George Lucas. Lucas gave Ford a small role in his now iconic "American Graffiti," and the rest, as they say, is history.