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

David Letterman's mother Dorothy Mengering has died.

Mengering passed away on Tuesday, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Dorothy often made guest appearances on The Late Show as "Dave's Mom" or "Dave's Mom Dorothy".

Three times she went to the Winter Olympics as the show's correspondent, and at the first - in Lillehammer, Norway, in 1994 - she interviewed Hillary Clinton and conveyed her lead-footed son's request for a higher speed limit in CT. She appeared in segments such as "Guess Mom's Pies" on holidays such as Thanksgiving and Mother's Day. She also served as the Late Show's Olympics correspondent for the 1994, 1998, and 2002 winter games. The passing comes a day before Letterman's 70th birthday. At the time she told the New York Times, "I couldn't believe how it all took off". I kind of take things more seriously, although I'm much more laid-back than I used to be.

"Well, his dad had a good sense of humor, but I think he may get it from my dad", Mengering said. Former head writer and former Letterman girlfriend Merrill Markoe said her "mind reeled" when she learned of the affair, especially since the comedian asked her to write lines for Birkitt.

Letterman threw a postmortem meeting with his staffers after his on air confessional, but no one "was allowed to talk about the show" - this was, as Zinoman puts it, the host's way "to cope with and avoid his personal life". (She was 96 when she died earlier today.) But Letterman paid tribute to her back in 2015, with a montage capturing some of her most enjoyable moments on the show.

  • Salvatore Jensen