Maria Shriver is going through hell this week. But somehow, even as news of her soon-to-be-ex-husband Arnold Schwarzenegger's affair and love child with one of their staffers broke, she managed to put on a brave face, sexy blue sequined dress and inject some serious volume into her hair for an appearance at her buddy Oprah's celeb-filled farewell spectacular in Chicago yesterday.
It's hard to imagine how she pulled it together for such a public appearance amidst the media onslaught about the torrid demise of her marriage. But here are some women--politicians' wives and celebrities alike, who probably can imagine what Shriver is going through. They all weathered incredibly messy and public splits and through it all they held their heads high and managed to look fantastic. Take a look:
Silda Wall Spitzer In one of her first solo public appearances following the call-girl scandal that brought down her husband, former Governor Elliot Spitzer, Silda Wall Spitzer emerged radiant and confident in a stunning red dress at the benefit for her foundation, Children for Children, on May 21, 2008.
Jenny Sanford After news broke of South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford's Argentine affair, his now ex-wife Jenny Sanford filed for divorce in December of 2009 and was photographed looking breezy and beautiful in a Vogue profile a few months later.
Ellen Barkin Investor and Revlon chair Ron Perelman divorced Ellen Barkin by surprising her with divorce papers in January 2006 after six year of marriage and hired security guards to stand by as she moved out of their Upper East Side townhouse. She got even by selling all the jewels he had given her over the years at auction (the jewels fetched over $20 million), and showed up on countless red carpets that year looking smoking hot. Here she is at the American Cinematheque Awards in October 2006.
Anne Hathaway Anne Hathaway's split from her boyfriend of four years, Raffaello Follieri, was tabloid fodder for months due to Follieri's numerous shady dealings and white collar crimes that eventually got him arrested. Luckily, Hathway had a movie to promote immediately following their breakup--Get Smart--and she looked flawless during every red carpet appearance.
Stephanie Seymour Stephanie Seymour and husband Peter Brant (parents of the amazing Brant brothers, Peter and Harry) have patched things up, but when she decided to strip down for Vanity Fair in December 2009, proving that she was still supermodel hot at 41, she and Brant were going though a bitter divorce that played out in detail in the tabs.
Elizabeth Hurley Liz Hurley may have stood by Hugh Grant for five more years after his dalliance with prostitute Divine Brown, but she proved she wouldn't let him get off easy, acting cold in an ice-white Herve Leger number on the red carpet in 1995.
Mary Louise Parker Longtime boyfriend Billy Crudup dumped Parker while she was seven months pregnant, but bounced back soon after delivery with a smokin' bod and, um, buoyant assets. During her acceptance speech for winning Best Supporting Actress at the 2004 Golden Globes, she gave thanks to her newborn son, William Atticus Parker, for giving her amazing pregnancy boobs. Of course she then went on to earn the lust of every red-blooded male, and many females, to ever switch on Showtime, as the ultimate MILF on Weeds.
Reese Witherspoon After her split from Ryan Phillipe, her husband of seven years and the father of her two children who had cheated on her with Abbie Cornish, Witherspoon got the ultimate revenge with the dress-seen-'round-the-world, the yellow Nina Ricci that put her on nearly every tabloid Best Dressed list.
Jennifer Aniston. Soon after her split from Brad Pitt, Aniston showed up on GQ as Woman of the Year. We wish we looked like that in cut-off shorts.
Eva Longoria surely made Tony Parker drool in this Zac Posen gown at the 2011 Golden Globes.