A Tip of the Hat to Tipper

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  • Tipper Gore, the former Second Lady -- well known in her own right as an author, photographer, and activist -- was born on August 19th, 1948. She'll turn 65 in 2013. Her storybook marriage to high school sweetheart Al Gore was in stark contrast to the Clintons' marital scandals during the Clinton-Gore administration. But the Gores shocked the world in June of 2010, less than two weeks after their 40th wedding anniversary, by announcing their separation. Both insisted that infidelity wasn't involved. Friends speculated that certain blows the couple had been hit with over the years had simply taken their toll.

    Here, Some Key Moments in Tipper's Life

  • Wedding Bells and Babies On May 19, 1970, Tipper and Al Gore were married at the Washington National Cathedral. They have four children: Karenna Aitcheson Gore Schiff, born on August 6, 1973; Kristin Carlson Gore, born on June 5, 1977; Sarah LaFon Gore, born on January 7, 1979; and Albert Gore III born on October 19, 1982.
  • A Tough-Minded Crusader In 1985, after hearing the explicit lyrics to a rock song she had bought for her then 11-year-old daughter, Tipper was enraged. As a mom of four, she became an outspoken opponent of pitching this kind of material to children. She co-founded a group called the Parents' Music Resource Center. Critics accused PMRC of promoting censorship but she held her ground and went on in 1988 to write a book called "Raising Kids in an X-Rated Society."
  • Senate Hearing on Rock Porn Here, with co-crusader Susan Baker, Tipper testifies at a Senate Hearing on Rock Porn regarding rock lyric censorship in Washington DC on January 9th, 1985.
  • Democratic Convention 1992 Tipper gives a victory pump at the Democratic National Convention in Madison Square Garden, NYC 1992.
  • Dancing at the 1992 Convention The 1992 Democratic National Convention at Madison Square Garden in New York City took place from July 13 to July 16. Bill Clinton was nominated for President and Al Gore was nominated for Vice President. Yes, that's 12-year-old Chelsea Clinton looking adorable front and center but you can see Tipper in the background.
  • The White House Years Tipper served as the Mental Health Policy Advisor to the President. She had resigned from PMRC in 1992 when she became Second Lady, but she turned her advocacy efforts to taking the shame out of suffering from psychiatric disorders. Tipper was forthright about her own treatment for the depression she had suffered following a 1989 accident that nearly claimed the life of her son. A group called "Erasing the Stigma" would eventually honor her.
  • With Hillary, 1996 Here's a close-up of Tipper with Hillary at the 1996 convention.
  • On the Campaign Trail When her husband threw his hat in the ring for the 2000 Presidential election, Tipper was a strong and vocal supporter who stumped with him on the campaign trail and charmed potential voters. The pair, who met at Al's prep-school senior prom, always projected an image of wholesome devotion.
  • ABT's 6th Annual Spring Gala On May 6th 2000, Tipper was at the American Ballet Theatre's 65th annual spring gala. She's pictred here with principal dancers Angel Corella and Julie Kent.
  • Al Presents Tipper at the 2000 Convention With a husbandly flourish, Al presented Tipper to the throng at the Democratic National Convention in August of 2000 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. We bet you remember what happened next! Click to find out. . .
  • The Legendary Lo-o-o-ng Kiss When Al accepted his party's nomination at the 2000 Democratic National convention, he planted the famously lingering kiss on his slightly startled wife. The media buzzed that the full-mouthed buss may have been a staged ploy to humanize the candidate's persona, but a day later daughter Karenna was quoted by reporter Chip Reid as saying that kind of smooching went on around the Gore house all the time.
  • A Crushing Defeat The highly contested 2000 election involving the infamous Florida "chad" issue and recount ended with Gore conceding to George W. Bush. In this photo, Al and Tipper are all smiles as they show grace under pressure. But those close to them say neither of them ever really recovered from the loss and that their relationship began to show cracks.
  • With Jane Alexander, DGA 2002 Picking up the pieces, Tipper went on to continue her philanthropic work, her public appearances, and her career. Here, she's seen with Jane Alexander at the Director's Guild of America awards in June of 2002 at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City.
  • Saturday Night Live Al was known for wrapping an arm around Tipper's shoulder. Here, he does exactly that on Saturday Night Live, December 15th 2002.
  • Association to Benefit Children Here's Tipper, looking especially fresh faced, at the benefit for the Association to Benefit Children held at Echo Park Family Center on 126th Street and Park Avenue in New York City on April 30th 2003.
  • A Book Party for Kristen Tipper and Al are very proud parents as they help celebrate the publication of daughter Kristin's book, "Sammy's Hill Mix", in New York City on September 8th 2004.
  • With Kristen at "Truth" Premiere Tipper was at every event for Al's award-winning dockmentaty, "An Inconvenient Truth." Here, she poses with one of her daughters at the Los Angeles premiere on May 16th 2006.
  • Happy Together Whether or not the Gores' marriage started privately crumbling after the 2000 debacle, they kept up a very public front as a happy couple. Together they penned two books in 2002, "Joined at the Heart" and "The Spirit of the Family," and they showed up as a beaming twosome at event after event such as this screening at the Cannes Film Festival in May of 2006.
  • With Bon Jovi On June 24th of 2005, The Gores posed with Bon Jovi and his wife at a special outdoor screening of "An Inconvenient Truth".
  • With Cyndi Lauper In NYC on on World AIDS DAY December 1st 2006, Tipper posed with Cyndi Lauper and Judy Shepard -- Matthew Shepard's mother -- at the after party for "The Laramie Project: An Abridged Play Read", at The Millennium Hotel.
  • With Bette Midler Here's Tipper at the National Board of Review of Motion Pictures Awards Gala at Cipriani's on East 42nd Street in NYC on January 9th 2007 with Bette Midler.
  • Pre-Grammy Party 2007 The Clive Davis Pre-Grammy Party in LA is always a big event. Here are Tipper and Al with one of their daughters at the party on February 2nd 2007.
  • An Oscar for "An Inconvenient Truth" On February 25th 2007, director Davis Guggenheim's documentary about Gore's work to end the climate crisis won an Academy Award. Tipper was at Al's side on the red carpet, looking stunning in an off-one-shoulder gown. Gore, as he so often did, wrapped his around his wife in a show of closeness. But sources said the two of them had been spending less and less time together as he traveled to promote his global warming message and she re-upped her earlier career as a professional photographer.
  • Vanity Fair Oscar Party There's that arm around the shoulder again at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party 2007.
  • 59th Annual Emmy's Looking lovely in gilded brocade, Tipper smiles with Al at the 59th Annual Emmy's on September 17th 2007.
  • Hard Rock Cafe The Gores were hosts at the Hard Rock Cafe in NYC for an excusive eprformance by Melissa Etherdige of her new album ''the Awakening'' on September 25th 2007.
  • 35th International Emmy's Tipper joins Al for another arm-around-the-shoulder moment at the 35th International Emmy's at NYC's Hilton on November 11th 2007.
  • On Her Own, a Successful Shutterbug Al and Tipper sent an email to friends on June 1st 2010, announcing their intention to separate, saying it was a mutual decision and ending with "We do not intend to comment further." They haven't. And they've been sighted together just once, at a book party for daughter Kristen in April of 2011. In the months since the estrangement, Tipper has been quietly pursuing her art and craft with the camera. Here, she poses with a display of her work at the opening of a Mitchell Gold & Bob Owens store.

    On her web site, a showcase for her photography, the opening screen displays a quote from her that closes with this mission: "I hope to bring an awareness of both the problems and the treasures in our world. Perhaps, in a small way, this can contribute to a greater understanding."

    In August 2012, the New York Times reported that Al and Tipper were were both dating other people but that their "bond endures". "The couple reunites a few times a year, most recently in June, for summer family vacations and Christmases in the Gore family seat of Carthage, Tenn," the newspaper article stated.