Who is Regina Lasko?
Born on November 20, 1960 in the United States of America, Regina Lasko is a production manager but probably best known as the wife of retired nighttime television show host, David Letterman. Her husband was popular as the host of “Late Night with David Letterman”, which handled more than 6,000 episodes during his career.
The net worth of Regina Lasko
As of mid 2020, Regina Lasko’s net worth is estimated to be over $400,000 earned through a successful career behind the scenes on various television projects. She is also believed to benefit from the great wealth her husband has accumulated throughout his career, as Letterman is estimated to be worth over $400 million as of mid-2020.
Hey Dave! David Letterman and his wife, Regina Lasko, in the audience before the concert (Photo: Chris Lee)
Life and career
Regina became interested in working as part of the entertainment industry at a young age, although she did not see herself as an actress. Instead, she became fascinated with the inner workings of programs and movies and learned more about production through education. She eventually found her way and worked as part of various production crews in the late 1970s. She rose to become a production manager, and one of her first major projects was in “Another World”. The soap told the story of several residents living in a fictional town and had a run of more than three decades before ending.
She then worked on the set of “Saturday Night Live” in the early 1980s, when the late-night program was just beginning to take hold and usher in its golden years. It was initially known as “Saturday Night” before later becoming “Saturday Night Live” in 1980. In the late 1980s, she met David Letterman while working on his seventh birthday television special. The two started to date shortly after.
Affairs of David Letterman
David and Regina dated for 20 years before the two decided to get married, with the comedian even joking about how long it took them to tie the knot.
Just six months after their ceremony, the couple then found a box in Letterman’s car containing a note threatening to go public about his many romantic affairs at work, along with evidence and incriminating evidence in the box. The blackmailer demanded $2 million, and instead of giving in, David even went public about his affairs to give in to the public that he cheated on his partner.
Many believed that she would leave him after she found out the truth, but she forgave him and they stayed together.
Letterman coordinated with the police to apprehend the blackmailer, leading to the arrest of CBS producer Joe Halderman, who at the time was dating Letterman’s longtime assistant Stephanie Birkitt with whom he had also been having an affair. Halderman found out about Letterman’s business through her items and emails. Many also questioned whether it was a matter of harassment at work due to David’s status, but any relationships he had were consensual – other women later came forward and admitted to having brief romantic affairs with him.
Husband – David Letterman
David Letterman was born in 1947 and grew up the middle child between two sisters in Indianapolis, where his father worked as a florist while his mother was a church clerk. At a young age, he admired his father’s ability to handle social situations and be a comedian, something he would take to heart later in his career. He attended Broad Ripple High School and after matriculation, enrolled at Ball State University. He was an average student, but during this period he gained his first experience in radio and television.
He hadn’t been drafted into the Vietnam War, so his career began as a newsreader for the campus station.
After graduating, he continued to work in radio as numerous talk show host for WNTS, WTHR and many others. In the 1970s, he began to move into television and was encouraged to write comedy. He moved to Los Angeles and began working as a stand-up comedian, joining a larger troupe that included household names such as Jay Leno and Steve Oedekerk.
David Letterman’s Success
After working as a writer for several years, Letterman was first offered a morning comedy show on NBC, which was a success critically but did not fare well in the ratings, leading to its cancellation.
His next project – “Late Night with David Letterman” – which aired in 1982 and was very successful, made him one of the most popular late night hosts for many years, with the show stretching to 2015, even surpassing Johnny Carson as the longest-serving late-night host in American TV history.
In 2015, his show moved to CBS, and he held his last few shows as part of the “Late Show with David Letterman” program. He planned to work as a host for many years after his retirement age, but after the 2009 affair, he reconsidered his life decisions. He is considered one of the greatest television hosts of all time and his show is also part of TV Guide’s list of the greatest television shows of all time.
His success in television led him to go into business and found the Worldwide Pants company which produced several television hits, the biggest hit being the long-running series “Everybody Loves Raymond”.
Regina is not David’s first wife, as he was married to college sweetheart, Michelle Cook (1968-77), and also had a long-term relationship with producer Merrill Markoe (1978-88). He started dating Regina in 1986, while he was still in a relationship with Markoe, and they stayed together, but didn’t get married until 2009 and had a child sometime in the early 2000s.
Their wedding took place in a private ceremony at a courthouse in Choteau, Montana. He was known to have many fans during his career, including several stalkers, one of which gained much popularity due to her actions to her suicide late nineties.
In 2005, police discovered a planned kidnapping of their son after a man came forward and told police that painter Kelly Frank had approached him with a kidnapping plan that would make millions if successful. Frank had previously worked for Letterman on his farm and he was captured, which led him to him charged with conspiracy.