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David Letterman (uncredited)

David Letterman

(Comedian and television host, born April 12, 1947, in Indianapolis, Indiana) David Letterman has been synonymous with late-night television for more than a quarter century, and after more than 5,000 broadcasts he is one of the most influential personalities and producers in the history of the medium. His artistry was fittingly heralded when in 1992 he received the Peabody Award for taking "one of TV's most conventional and least inventive forms…and infusing it with freshness and imagination." In 1981, he won two Daytime Emmy Awards as writer and host for his first show, a quickly canceled morning variety ratings disaster on NBC called The David Letterman Show. In 1982, his second try for TV stardom, Late Night with David Letterman, premiered on NBC, injecting into the late-night landscape an unconventional, bold and eccentric brand of craziness. Television—and American comedy—has never been the same since.

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Kennedy Center Honors Highlights 2012

Makarova, and rock band Led Zeppelin--are recognized for their contributions to the arts.

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