Tampa's diamond swallower appears on Letterman

Miriam Tucker, center, a South Tampa woman who swallowed a diamond at a fundraiser last month, got a chance to rub elbows with David Letterman on Thursday.

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Miriam Tucker, center, a South Tampa woman who swallowed a diamond at a fundraiser last month, got a chance to rub elbows with David Letterman on Thursday.

TAMPA — 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 drinking from a glass of champagne 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; Tucker took a sip to expose the jewel and swallowed it, instead.

"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, drawing laughs from the crowd (worry not, it was fake).

Tucker made the trip to New York City with her daughter Mary Ann Porter and granddaughter Camryn Porter.

She told Letterman plans to put it on a necklace and give it to her granddaughter.

Tampa's diamond swallower appears on Letterman 05/02/13 [Last modified: Friday, May 3, 2013 1:12pm]

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