According to reports, Al and Tipper Gore have decided to formally separate
after 40 years of marriage. Over that time, highlights of their union -- part fairy tale, part scripted drama -- have played out in the public square.
According to Mrs. Gore, she met Al the night of his high school graduation dance in 1965. "It was like everyone else melted away," she wrote
The Gores were married on May 19, 1970
at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. The Beatles' classic "All You Need is Love" was played on the church's massive pipe organ.
From 1973 to 1982, the Gore's bore four children: Karenna Aitcheson Gore Schiff, Kristin Carlson Gore, Sarah LaFon Gore, and Albert Gore III.
In 1994, Tipper Gore told the Baltimore Sun
that if she had tried to pursue her own career over raising her children, that her marriage would have ended in divorce.
Love Story Rumors
Was the film "Love Story" based on Al and Tipper Gore's romance? That's what Al Gore told a Time magazine reporter in 1997. Erich Segal, the author of the novel on which the film was based, quickly corrected that account, telling The New York Times
, "I did not draw a thing from Tipper. I knew her only as Al's date."
In what was viewed as a choreographed bit of stage craft designed to counter the public's perception of the Vice President as a stiff politician who lacked passion, the Gores locked lips
on the stage of the Democratic National Convention in August of 2000.
New Love Nest
In May of this year, the Gores bought a fourth house -- an 6,500 square-foot ocean-front villa
in Montecito, Calif. -- for $8,875,000.
Less than a month after purchasing their new California home, the Gores announced in an e-mail
that they will be splitting up.