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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 beloved mother of David Letterman who became a star in her own right due to many memorable cameos on her son's talk show, has passed away.

Identified on the show only as "Dave's mom Dorothy" and never by her full name, Mengering made occasional appearances as a celebrity interviewer and the consummate pie baker, always smiling and responding to her son's ribbing with a patient "David ..."

Mengering found herself overseas again for the games four years later-but when Letterman asked her to describe the opening ceremonies and how they stacked up against Norway's, her own son betrayed her by revealing that she was participating in a TV lie.

Mengering was a church secretary who became an unexpected TV star thanks to her famous son. "I think I'm thought of as everybody's mother or grandma. People are eager for families to be like they used to be", she added. During the 1994 Winter Olympics in Norway, she interviewed Hillary Clinton, Nancy Kerrigan, and more. He also admitted to not having told, at the time, his now-13-year-old son about the scandal.

Dave's Mom, deadpan but cheery: "Still cold!" "David came home from school for lunch and we would watch her, as much as his lunch hour would allow".

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"As long as David was home, I would make him a chocolate chiffon pie for his birthday", Mengering told IndyStar in 2001, reminiscing about the comedian's childhood. "We'd call her in the spring and try to get her to say that the crocuses were up". She also made frequent return visits leading up to Thanksgivings and Mother's Days on the series.

Mengering lived all her life in Indiana.

"As Dorothy breathed her last, a brilliant red cardinal landed on a branch outside her window, singing his song", her children wrote. She's 94, for heaven's sake. "Though she was an extraordinary cook, one of her favorite things to eat was the Greek pizza at Some Guys". She sent me a thank-you both times.

In her cookbook, Mengering summarized why Americans must have taken such a liking to her appearances on the "Late Show".


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