Barbara Gaines (television producer)

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Barbara Gaines
Born (1957-06-10) June 10, 1957 (age 58)

Barbara Gaines, a 1975 graduate of George W. Hewlett High School and 1979 graduate of Ithaca College with a BA in educational television,[1] is Executive Producer of the Late Show with David Letterman. She has held that position since May 2000.

She began her association with David Letterman in 1980 as a production assistant on The David Letterman Show and has risen through the ranks. She has held such positions as production coordinator and assistant producer. In eleven years as a producer on the show, she has had eleven Emmy nominations and won 5 consecutive awards for Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Program. She has also worked on production for the Orange Bowl Parade; One of the Boys, a comedy series starring Mickey Rooney, Nathan Lane and Dana Carvey, and The $50,000 Pyramid.[1]

She made the 2008 Ten Amazing Gay Women in Showbiz… list.[2]


Born on June 10, 1957, "she lives in New York with her partner of 15 years, Aari Blake Ludvigsen and son, Simon Michael Ludvigsen Gaines."[1] In 2008, they married in San Francisco.[3] Barbara belongs to Congregation Beit Simchat Torah (the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Straight Synagogue in New York), and in 2010 did a video with the Strength Through Community project at CBST, sharing her own story of being a lesbian, attempting suicide, and finding hope.[4]