In this May 16, 2004, file photo, David Letterman's mother, Dorothy Mengering, talks with Timothy Kirby after she autographed a few of her cookbooks he bought at a grill in Muncie, Ind. (Kurt Hostetler/The Star Press via AP, File)
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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.Letterman had been on the air for years, and had made ironic celebrities out of dozens of nobodies, before he thought to bring on his mom.Mengering was a correspondent for the Letterman's Late Show on CBS at the 1994 Winter Olympics in Lillehammer Norway, a role she reprised for the next two winter games, wearing bulky snow gear that made her tiny self almost invisible, and oozing pure sincerity even in absurd bits Letterman's writers had her perform.Mengering lived all her life in Indiana.
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