Barbara Gaines (television producer)

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Barbara Gaines
Born (1957-06-10) June 10, 1957 (age 61)
OccupationTelevision producer

Barbara Gaines, a 1975 graduate of George W. Hewlett High School and 1979 graduate of Ithaca College with a BA in educational television,[1] was Executive Producer of the Late Show with David Letterman. She held that position from May 2000 through the show's finale in 2015.

She began her association with David Letterman in 1980 as a production assistant on The David Letterman Show and rose through the ranks. She held such positions as production coordinator and assistant producer. In fifteen years as a producer on the show, she gained eleven Emmy nominations and won 5 consecutive awards for Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Program. She 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 25 years, Aari Blake Ludvigsen and son, Simon Michael Ludvigsen Gaines."[1] In 2008, they married in San Francisco.[3] Barbara Gaines belongs to Congregation Beit Simchat Torah (CBST), 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 about her life and experiences.[4]