David Letterman's mom who appeared on his late night show passes away

13 April, 2017, 01:19 | Author: Ora Austin
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David Letterman's mom, Dorothy Mengering, who became an unlikely "Late Night" star by injecting her son's show with her brand of the midwestern sugary sweetness he grew up with, died Tuesday at her home in Carmel, Indiana. She also made remote appearances from her home on Thanksgiving, when Letterman would try to guess what kinds of pie she had made that year; winsomely delivered Top 10 lists, which usually razzed her son; and paid regular Mother's Day visits.

She attended Indiana University, and in 1942, she married florist Harry Joseph Letterman, who died of a heart attack in 1973.

"After Lillehammer, I couldn't believe how it all took off", Mengering told The New York Times in 1996. "I will always be in hell until the day after, when I will go to hell". In 1998, they talked about the family and the weather before showcasing a few desserts she baked.

She offered to bring ice skater Nancy Kerrigan hot chocolate and asked Hillary Clinton if the first lady could get the speed limit adjusted in CT.

"Two words, David: Old Milwaukee", she responded. Rest in peace, Dave's mom. "To me, it's just my mother and this is the way she's been all my life". Her assignments included landing interviews with big-name athletes and spectators. She would appear via satellite from her quaint IN kitchen.

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After revealing the scandal ("I have had sex with women who work for me", he said on air), the host was "shaken".

The host's spokesperson confirmed Dorothy's passing last night. "I'm so grateful that at this time in my life I'm able to do this".

Nine years ago, Emily Rockwood became part of the family as Dorothy's personal assistant, and Dorothy loved her like another granddaughter. I guess I'm more like she was. When she said, "Yes", he lost it, dropping the phone and fanning himself with one of his note cards.

According to a 1996 St. Petersburg Times story, the network asked Letterman to come up with some sort of tie-in on his show for the 1994 Winter Games.

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