Dorothy Mengering
American television personality
Dorothy Mengering
Dorothy Marie Mengering, better known to Late Show viewers as Dave's Mom, is the mother of late-night talk show host David Letterman and frequent guest on his show. Following several years of appearing via telephone, Mengering made her on screen Late Show debut covering the 1994 Winter Olympics in Lillehammer, Norway. She currently resides in Carmel, Indiana.
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  • 1998
    Age 76
    Mengering reprised her role as Late Show Olympic commentator in 1998 and 2002, covering the Winter Games held in Nagano, Japan and Salt Lake City, Utah.
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  • 1995
    Age 73
    In 1995, she traveled to London to film remote spots for The Late Show, which would be airing from London later that year.
    More Details Hide Details "The positive response to my appearances on David's show has nothing to do with my amateur abilities as a broadcaster. People enjoy seeing a mother and son together. It's that simple."
  • 1994
    Age 72
    Mengering's first on-camera appearance on The Late Show was in 1994, when she provided nightly coverage of the 1994 Winter Olympics in Lillehammer.
    More Details Hide Details In the days immediately prior to her television debut, she fell and received eight stitches on her eyebrow and a black eye, and spent much of her on-camera time under many layers of makeup. While in Lillehammer, she interviewed Hillary Clinton (inquiring if her husband might be able to "fix" Dave's speeding tickets), Nancy Kerrigan (repeatedly asking her if she would like a cup of hot cocoa), and several other winter Olympians, including gold medal-winner Tommy Moe.
    Following several years of appearing via telephone, Mengering made her on screen Late Show debut covering the 1994 Winter Olympics in Lillehammer, Norway.
    More Details Hide Details She currently resides in Carmel, Indiana. Dorothy Mengering was born Dorothy Marie Hofert in Linton, Indiana, the oldest child of Earl Jacob Hofert and Lena M. Strietelmeier. Mengering's maternal grandparents, Fredricke Hilgediek and William Strietelmeier, were born in Germany. A younger brother, Earl Jr., and sister, Hazel, were born in 1922 and 1923 respectively. Dorothy's first cousin is the grandmother of the model and actress Rebecca Romijn, a fact which was discussed on the Late Show with David Letterman.
  • 1983
    Age 61
    In 1983, she married again, this time to Hans Mengering, a retired engineer and decorated World War II veteran.
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  • 1973
    Age 51
    While raising her children, she assisted her husband, a florist, and worked as a secretary at her church, Second Presbyterian; she was widowed in 1973.
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  • 1942
    Age 20
    Mengering spent a year at Indiana University before marrying Harry Joseph (Joe) Letterman in 1942, with whom she had three children: Jan, David, and Gretchen.
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  • 1921
    Born in 1921.
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