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Tampa diamond swallower to appear on Letterman show

TAMPA — Miriam Tucker, a South Tampa woman who gained national attention after she accidentally swallowed a diamond at a fundraiser, is scheduled to appear on the Late Show with David Letterman on Thursday.

Tucker, 80, made headlines last week after word got out that she had imbibed a 1.03-carat round brilliant cut diamond at a Tampa Woman's Club fashion show April 20.

Her gastroenterologist located and removed the gem during a colonoscopy.

Like Tucker, several hundred guests at the luncheon paid $20 for the chance to win the gem, a donation from Continental Wholesale Diamonds. Organizers plunked nearly 300 cubic zirconias in champagne flutes that day, and one real diamond.

Tucker's friends plan a watch party at the Fox Jazz Cafe, 5401 W Kennedy Blvd., Thursday from 10 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Local CBS affiliate WTSP-Ch. 10 airs the show at 11:35 p.m.

Other scheduled guests for Thursday's broadcast include Paris Hilton, according to the show's website.