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Arnold Schwarzenegger erased Maria Shriver from official portrait

Arnold Schwarzenegger erased Maria Shriver from official portrait
Former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's official portrait has been unveiled at the Capitol -- minus his ex-wife's face. (Rich Pedroncelli / AP)

When Arnold Schwarzenegger's official portrait was done, there was a personal touch -- he was depicted wearing a lapel pin featuring the face of his wife, Maria Shriver.

"It was actually a cute gesture when he had it done," said Clay Russell, a former Schwarzenegger aide.

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But the marriage disintegrated soon after Schwarzenegger left the governor's office in January 2011, prompting a modification in the portrait -- Shriver's face was erased.

When the painting was unveiled in the Capitol earlier this week, a blemish was visible where the pin used to be.

"It's too bad they couldn't remove it without creating a smudge that got a lot of attention," Russell said.

The removal of Shriver's image from the portrait was first reported by the New York Post. A spokesman for Schwarzenegger did not return a phone call requesting comment.

Schwarzenegger and Shriver had been married for 25 years when she learned he had secretly fathered a son with a longtime member of their household staff.

Follow @chrismegerian for more updates from Sacramento.

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