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You'll Respect Ruth Bader Ginsburg Even More After Hearing About This Author's Experience


Ginsburg’s 56-year marriage to Marty was the stuff of whatever’s better than a fairytale, because theirs was both real and a true partnership. He was her most stalwart supporter, and by all accounts he was the one who, through his various connections in Washington, made sure his wife—then a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit—was in the conversation when President Bill Clinton was tasked with appointing a new Supreme Court justice in 1993. (Clinton was then promptly wowed by Ginsburg when they met to discuss the vaunted position.)

“When you asked her, ‘What is the most important thing in your life?’ she would always say, ‘My marriage and my family,'” Tyler told E!. “And Marty was always in her heart. When we were working on this book in the final weeks of her life and she read a draft of the introduction, which had discussion of Marty, I will say, she said, ‘There’s not enough, there needs to be more Marty in here!'”

Tyler laughed. “And so I very happily obliged and added more. But that’s the window and where her heart and her mind was in the final months of her life, she was thinking about Marty.”

One story that stood out, that Ginsburg happily gave Tyler permission to tell, involved Marty slyly sticking a sign reading “her highness” on his wife’s back during a reunion she hosted for her former law clerks at the Supreme Court, a move Ginsburg ultimately thought was hysterical.

“They love to give each other a hard time, but at the end of the day, what was so funny, was not just that ‘the Notorious RBG’ could take a joke in stride,” Tyler said, “but that it was a window to the banter and the love that was at the heart of their partnership.”



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