David Letterman's mother Dorothy Mengering, a Midwestern homemaker who became an unlikely celebrity in her 70s as she baked mystery pies and covered the Olympics for her son's late-night show, has died.
David Letterman, right, the host of The Late Show with David Letterman on CBS, and his mother Dorothy Mengering share a laugh during the dedication of the $21 million David Letterman Communication and Media Building on the campus in Muncie, Ind., in 2007. According to the Hollywood Reporter, Mengering's daughter Gretchen works there.
Mengering was an unexpected star of the Late Show, and even though she only appeared occasionally, her segments were popular. Her response: "I don't think so".
"I'm in hell. I will always be in hell until the day after, when I will go to hell", Letterman said to his show's writer Steve Young in 2009 as they prepped for his bombshell admission, according to the entry obtained People. They have a 14-year-old son named Harry. Rest in peace, Dave's mom.
She parlayed her kitchen wizardry into a 1996 cookbook, "Home Cookin' With Dave's Mom".
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"When I was growing up, most women's futures comprised marriage - being dependent on a husband - and children, and it was a good life". Her assignments included landing interviews with big-name athletes and spectators.
Her death comes just one day before David Letterman's 70th birthday. "Letterman would ask his mother about the most mundane of details - the weather in IN, the cat or what she had prepared for dinner". "But, I was surprised that people took to it", Letterman said.
Part of the reason it all worked is because she didn't put on airs.
Written by New York Times comedy critic Jason Zinoman, Letterman: The Last Giant of Late Night covers the host's three decades in the business, with personal stories, idiosyncratic fan notes and observations of just how much pop culture has changed in 30 years.
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