David Letterman's mom, who became unlikely star, dies at 95

David Letterman's mom, who became unlikely star, dies at 95

David Letterman's mom, who became unlikely star, dies at 95

Dorothy Mengering, the mother of late night television host David Letterman, passed away on Tuesday at the age of 95.

Letterman's mother, Dorothy Mengering, garnered a place in American viewers' hearts the very first time she appeared on her son's show in the 1990s, when she was featured in a guest segment called "Guess Mom's Pies", according to the Associated Press.

"Well, his dad had a good sense of humor, but I think he may get it from my dad", she said. " 'Whether they knew it or not, [my staffers] were being used to support me". Her debut, in which she offered figure skater Nancy Kerrigan some hot chocolate and asked then-first lady Hillary Clinton to help adjust the speed limit in CT, was a huge success. He also admitted to not having told, at the time, his now-13-year-old son about the scandal. Usually referred to simply as "Dave's Mom", Mengering was a staple of her son's comedy antics, featuring in Top Ten lists, cooking segments, and, most notably, as the Late Show's Winter Olympics correspondent. "David came home from school for lunch and we would watch her, as much as his lunch hour would allow". One of her most popular recurring bits with her son was "Guess Mom's Pies".

She died a day before Letterman's 70th birthday. Her assignments included landing interviews with big-name athletes and spectators.

Mengering was born on July 18, 1921, in Indiana. And I always said, "Well, who hasn't?" to myself.

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Just after she died Tuesday, her children wrote, a "brilliant red cardinal landed on a branch outside her window, singing his song". Scared as I've ever been in my life. "If I had a stroke, I'd be hospitalized for the rest of my life", he told the Indianapolis Monthly.

Over her lifetime, she reread her well-worn volumes many times, savoring their simple and handsome language, most recently eight decades after she first turned those pages.

Dorothy was a special part of the show for many years, consequently building a fan base of her own. "My mom has one, and she's fine".

She would go on to cover the next two winter games for The Late Show.

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