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Karenna Gore Schiff separation aired as forthrightly as her parents'; also, catching up with the other Gores

Al and Tipper Gore flanked by daughter Karenna and son Albert III. (2007 photo by Kevork Djansezian/AP)

Karenna Gore Schiff got her mother's coloring, her father's eyes -- and now, it seems, a certain forthright style of crisis-management from both of them.

Barely a week after Al and Tipper Gore announced their separation, their eldest daughter has publicly parted from Drew Schiff, her doctor-financier husband of 13 years, in similar put-it-out-there-and-clear-the-air fashion. The former veep and his wife announced their surprise split in a joint e-mail to friends; the Gore-Schiff separation was shared Wednesday with People, a magazine on good terms with political dynasties, by friends to ward off any ugly gossip. The N.Y.C.-based parents of three children, they said, are in counseling together, and not yet moving toward divorce.

At one point, Karenna, 36, -- an active and out-front part of her father's 2000 presidential campaign -- seemed the most likely of the four Gore kids (more on the others later) to follow her dad and grandfather to Capitol Hill. In 1996, though, when she was a recent Harvard grad headed for law school, she met Schiff, the scion of an old-money finance family. They married in July 1997 -- just nine months later -- before 300 guests at Washington National Cathedral (where her parents wed), followed by a reception at the vice presidential mansion, with Aretha Franklin singing. She was 23, he was 31.

Other than writing the kind of inspirational tome that sometimes paves the way for a political career -- "Lighting the Way: Nine Women Who Changed Modern America," in 2006 -- she has kept a low profile, friends say, focused on volunteering, a documentary project and being a mom. Schiff, now 44, works for a biotech investment company.

The former second couple's daughters Kristin, left, and Sarah. (2007 pool photo via AP)

So what about all those other Gores? Kristin, 32, wrote two successful political chick-lit novels and a screenplay, "Nailed," which got an A-listy treatment with Jake Gyllenhaal and director David O. Russell before production got held up by financing problems. Last year, she and husband Paul Cusack divorced.

Sarah, 31, wed businessman Bill Lee in 2007. A former med student, she's now focusing on art, friends say, and like Kristin, she's based on the West Coast.

Albert III, 27, earlier this year joined Strategic Capital Partners, a real-estate investment firm, as a VP for business development in the N.Y.C. office.

By The Reliable Source  |  June 10, 2010; 1:05 AM ET
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Has Mrs. Schiff patented that Reverse Time Machine of hers? How's it work? Is she happy with the sped up process vs the desired slow down process? Come on, dig deeper.

Posted by: TheDubb | June 10, 2010 7:50 AM | Report abuse

Wrong label. I believe the daughter in the top photo is Kristin, not Karenna.

Posted by: gammagirl | June 10, 2010 11:17 AM | Report abuse

Agree with Gammagirl: the Gore daughter pictured with her parents is Kristen, not Karenna.

Posted by: jmb9y | June 11, 2010 12:39 AM | Report abuse

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