Mavis Leno is an American Philanthropist and wife of The Tonight Show host, Jay Leno. She maintains a low-key life as compared to her husband. The famous wife is a feminist and compassionate woman who is always willing to work behind the scenes for non-profit organizations.
She supports and runs politically charged groups. Her contribution to helping women in Afghanistan is widely acclaimed. Mavis Leno stays away from the limelight. She enjoys being private and has an amazing life with Jay Leno. Let us look for more information about Mavis Leno.
Mavis Leno Biography
Mavis Leno was born on September 5, 1946, in California to Elizabeth Nicholson who was a popular actor in TV shows and movies. Her father is known to play the famous hooded executioner in the Cold Blood move. As a child, she always pursued becoming a jockey as a profession. But her childhood dream was crushed when her father said that girls are not allowed to become a jockey. This rage confusion and hopes tempted her to fight against gender discrimination and raise her voice against injustice done to women.
Her Relationship with Jay Leno
Mavis met Jay for the first time at a comedy store in 1976, Jay was performing there. His funny nature charmed Mavis Leno. Soon the couple started dating after becoming good friends. When Mavis was a child she used to tell her mother that she will never marry anyone and will not have children. But after meeting Jay she changed her decision. After a few years of dating, they both exchanged vows and tied the know on November 30, 1980.
Mavis Leno says that Jay is very special to her and a pillar of strength. They both maintain a harmonious relationship with each other. Talking to a news channel, Jay said, “You marry your conscience… You marry the person you wish you could be. That’s what I did.” He also implied that he is very glad that he married a woman who works very hard for women’s rights and other issues like that.
Mavis Leno and Jay have maintained no id policy throughout their unions. After decades of being together, they still share a unique loving strong bond. The couple in their early years of marriage had decided that they will never have children throughout their courtship. This is the secret of their happy long-lasting marriage Jay confessed.
Mavis Leno Philanthropy Works
Leno is the chairperson of the Feminist Majority Foundation’s campaign. This campaign fights for women’s rights in Afghanistan.
According to thefamouspeople.com,
In the year 1999, she and her husband Jay Leno donated $100,000 to the foundation with the purpose of educating people regarding the plight of Afghan women under Taliban rule. The foundation successfully protested the building of an oil pipeline in Afghanistan. According to American author and journalist Melissa Rossi, Mavis was the driving force in changing the views of the then-U.S. President Bill Clinton and the executives of the oil agency Unocal Corporation (now defunct) regarding the Taliban, after she had shed light on the political group’s ill-treatment of Afghan women.