David Letterman is a TV host, comedian, writer and producer most recognized for his work in Late Night Television, Late Night with David Letterman, and Late Night Show with David Letterman.
Early Life and Education of David Letterman
David Letterman was born David Michael Letterman on 12 April 1947. to Harry Joseph Letterman, a florist and Dorothy Marie Mengering, a church secretary in Indianapolis. His father died of heart attack at the age of 57.
Letterman went to Broad Ripple High School whereas graduated from Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. While in University he became the member of Sigma Chi Fraternity
David Letterman's Career and Achievements
David began his broadcasting career at the college’s student run radio station-WBST, now a part of Indiana Public Radio as an announcer and newscaster.
He then started writing material for sitcoms like Good Times in 1975. Later he made his appearance on The Tonight Show with Johny Carson which became his breakthrough. He soon became Carson’s regular guest host in 1978.
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In 1980, Letterman got an opportunity to host his own daytime show the David Letterman Show followed by Carson’s The Tonight Show. The David Letterman show won two Emmy Awards.
In 1982 he hosted an NBC’s talk show Late Night with David Letterman. His parody sketches mostly targeted Paul Schaffer, Biff Henderson, and Larry Melman. He also interviewed popular personalities including Shirley MacLaine, Charles Grodin, and Madonna.
He is a recipient of 38th Primetime Emmy award in 1986. In 1996 he ranked 45th on TV Guide’s 50 Greatest TV Stars of All Time. He also hosted 67th Academy Awards in 1995. In 2006, he joined the CBS with the show Late Show with David Letterman. He retired from the show in 2015.
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David is the founder of an Award winning company Worldwide Pants. The company has produced a successful comedy show such as Everybody Loves Raymond and The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson. His shows have gained him 12 Emmy Awards with 67 times nominations.
David Letterman's Personal Life
Regina Lasko is the current wife of the 71-year-old TV host David Letterman. The duo started dating in 1986. They welcomed their son Harry Joseph Letterman in 2003. The couple finally tied the knot on March 19, 2009. The announcement was made during the taping of Letterman’s show.
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Previously David was in a relationship with his longtime girlfriend, Michelle Cook. They held their marriage ceremony in Muncie, Indiana on July 2; 1968.
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Their divorce was finalized in 1977. After that, he had an affair with the head writer and producer of Late Night, Merrill Markoe in 1978. They eventually broke up in 1988.
Letterman survived the quintuple heart bypass surgery on 14 January 2000. He also suffered from tinnitus, a symptom of hearing loss which he revealed on the Late Show in 1996.
David Letterman's Net worth
He is fond of collecting model cars especially racers. His collection includes Ferraris, eight Porches, four Austin Healeys, Two Honda motorcycles, and Chevy pickup, Mercedes-Benzes, Jaguar, MG, Volvo, and Pontiac. His 1995 Volvo 960 station wagon was filmed in Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee.
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He lives lavishly on his 108-acre estate in North Salem, New York along with his family. He was ranked No.17 on the Forbes list of richest men in the entertainment industry.
He has accumulated an estimated net worth of $400 million with an annual salary of $ 20 million.
David Letterman Affairs
Second Affair with Merrill Markoe
Merrill Markoe is the ex-girlfriend of David Letterman. They were in a relationship in 1978 while broke up in 1988.