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South Tampa's Miriam Tucker, made a celebrity after swallowing a diamond, charms David Letterman

Miriam Tucker of South Tampa appeared on Late Show with David Letterman Thursday.

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Miriam Tucker of South Tampa appeared on Late Show with David Letterman Thursday.

There must be easier ways to get on national television.

But 80-year-old South Tampa resident Miriam Tucker may have taken the toughest way possible, appearing on CBS’ Late Show with David Letterman Thursday night to discuss how she swallowed a diamond worth $5,000 at a charity event.

 

 

Tucker made headlines after news spread that she’d gulped down the diamond during a  Tampa Woman's Club charity fashion show in April. A local jeweler had hidden the 1.03-carat diamond in one flute of champagne, while all other guests had a cubic zirconia.

“I was so embarrassed I didn’t want to tell anybody I’d done something that dumb,” Tucker told Letterman, recounting how she had to come clean after experts checked every other table and couldn’t find the stone. A colonoscopy a few days later revealed the item, which her doctor retrieved.

Letterman showed off a stone to the audience before popping it in his mouth, pretending to swallow it again, drawing laughs from the crowd.

See the whole bit – including Tucker accidentally walking off the set as Letterman tries to get her to sit down while he introduces the commercial break – below.



 

[Last modified: Friday, May 3, 2013 12:26pm]

    

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