'David Letterman': Veronika Part triumphs in late-night classiness

Once upon a time, late-night TV was filled with all sorts of performers, not just movie and TV stars plugging their latest product. Truly literary authors, classical musicans and dancers, sat and conversed with the likes of Jack Paar and Steve Allen. (Oh, for the days when Oscar Levant shambled into a chair to chat about his latest breakdown!) Last night, David Letterman made a nice connection to that bygone era in welcoming the great ballet dancer Veronika Part to the Late Show.

Letterman admitted, “I’m woefully ignorant; I don’t know anything about ballet,” and I’m not much better. But I do know that Part is a great artist. Part was charming, going along with Dave’s joshing (“People are constantly lifting you — and that’s just in the lobby!”). Even this brief glimpse of Part was wonderful; I wish there was a wider display of culture, high as well as low, on the late-night TV landscape.

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  • JOE

    The clip doesn’t show the entire interview, and then it annoyingly repeats itself over and over again…Way to go Ken Tucker!…

  • donner

    i watched her last night and she was charming…Dave was a hoot on the floor with her, striking a few poses himself…it was a great night…

  • Ken Tucker

    Video selection changed. Thanks for your kind comment, Joe.

  • pai

    Ken Tucker is the only person I know who watches Dave as much as me!

  • Quirky

    Wow, watching this segment makes my feet hurt.

  • Geoff

    Wow! JOE is kind of a dick.

  • Coyote

    @pai: I watch Letterman every night and appreciate Ken’s coverage. Thanks Ken!

  • Matis

    This show of talent on David Letterman, embodies everything that is right with late night television. It is nice to see something like, this outside PBS.

  • Bleak

    Her dress was gorgeous.

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