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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18 July 1921
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Dorothy Mengering, David Letterman’s Mother and Comic Foil, Dies at 95
NYTimes - 11 months
A white-haired avatar of small-town values who became a beloved regular on her son’s shows, she showed off her pies and interviewed Hillary Clinton.
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There's a Jihad Against David Letterman - HULIQ
Google News - over 6 years
His father, Harry Joseph Letterman (April 1915 – February 1973), was a florist of British descent; his mother Dorothy Letterman (née Hofert, now Dorothy Mengering), a Presbyterian church secretary of German descent, is an occasional figure on the show,
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AT HOME WITH: Dave's Mom;She Still Thinks Pies Are Easy
NYTimes - almost 22 years
SHE frowns. "You're too timid." Maybe it's the apron. I am standing in David Letterman's mother's kitchen, and Dorothy Mengering, the sweetest, nicest mother in America (except you, Mom!) is losing her patience. I know she's right, but somehow, cooking in another woman's kitchen, using her utensils to make her family's recipe, feels so invasive I
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NYTimes - almost 22 years
When she was first approached last year by Pocket Books about writing a cookbook, David Letterman's mother, DOROTHY MENGERING, hesitated. "When I thought about the hundreds of cookbooks on bookstore shelves, I wondered what I have to offer that's not already there," she said from her home in Indianapolis the other day. "Then I thought, 'Maybe this
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Dorothy Mengering
  • 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.
  • 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.
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  • 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.
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    Following several years of appearing via telephone, Mengering made her on screen Late Show debut covering the 1994 Winter Olympics in Lillehammer, Norway.
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  • 1983
    Age 61
    In 1983, she married again, this time to Hans Mengering, a retired engineer and decorated World War II veteran.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 1921
    Born in 1921.
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