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Mavis Leno and Jay Leno | Source: Getty Images
Mavis Leno and Jay Leno | Source: Getty Images

Mavis Leno Didn't Want to Be Married or Have Children before Meeting Jay Leno

Milla Sigaba
Nov 24, 2022
09:45 A.M.

American comedian Jay Leno and his wife, Mavis Leno, have enjoyed a unique marriage spanning more than three decades and are happy with their decision not to have kids.

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Hollywood has seen it all when it comes to the different love stories and marriages between celebrities, but some people's romance has found a way of standing tall through it all.

The comedian and his longtime wife, Mavis, have been married for more than 35 years, and despite all odds, the couple has stuck together. The longtime lovers have also gained a reputation for choosing not to have kids.

Jay Leno and Mavis Leno at the private unveiling of the Meyers Manx electric automobile on August 08, 2022 in California | Source: Getty Images

Jay Leno and Mavis Leno at the private unveiling of the Meyers Manx electric automobile on August 08, 2022 in California | Source: Getty Images

Mavis Is a Renowned Philanthropist

Jay might have a magical way of keeping his audience in awe and winning millions of fans, but he never forgets the most significant backbone of his career and his number one fan, his wife of many years, Mavis.

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Aside from being Jay's wife, Mavis is widely known worldwide for her enormous heart and selfless service. The 76-year-old is a renowned philanthropist known for her different contributions to better the lives of others.

For many years, Mavis served as the chairperson of the Feminist Majority Foundation, an organization that enlightens people on gender apartheid in Afghanistan.

Jay Leno and Mavis Leno at the presentation of "Billy Crystal 700 Sundays" on April 17, 2014 in California | Source: Getty Images

Jay Leno and Mavis Leno at the presentation of "Billy Crystal 700 Sundays" on April 17, 2014 in California | Source: Getty Images

Unlike most celebrities, Mavis prefers life outside the spotlight and does all she can to keep her activities away from public view and live as impactful as she can.

As a comedian, Jay has his name written in gold, but he has been unable to belt out the famous dad jokes.

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Alongside her husband, Jay, Mavis lends her unwavering support to various health organizations, including Health for everyone and Huntsville Hospital Foundation.

In 2002, the couple reportedly played a part as the country warred against terrorism. With his comic abilities, Jay kept the people alive while Mavis continued her passionate activism.

Mavis Leno at the 10th annual Global Women's Rights Awards on May 18, 2015 in California | Source: Getty Images

Mavis Leno at the 10th annual Global Women's Rights Awards on May 18, 2015 in California | Source: Getty Images

Born on September 5, 1946, in San Francisco, California, to a famous actor, Mavis always had her heart set on playing jockey. Her dreams were torn apart after her renowned father reminded her that girls were forbidden to follow that path.

Changing her career meant Mavis would dedicate her life to helping women worldwide be aware of their rights and bridge the gender gap that has plagued most countries.

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Mavis Never Wanted to Get Married until Jay Proposed

Mavis was always firm with her decisions as a young lady. One of her resolves was never to get married or have kids, but she had to change some plans after meeting Jay. She said:

“I always had this idea that I would never get married. It was a big thing with me, part of my vehement feminism. But with Jay, I began to realize that this was the first time I was ever with someone where I had a perfect, calm sense of having arrived at my destination.”

Mavis Leno at the 13th Annual Global Women's Rights Awards on May 21, 2018 in California | Source: Getty Images

Mavis Leno at the 13th Annual Global Women's Rights Awards on May 21, 2018 in California | Source: Getty Images

The couple met in 1976 at The Comedy Store in Los Angeles, where Jay was performing. Their attraction began after their first meeting, and a strong bond kept pulling them close.

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However, Jay didn't have the best game with the ladies. He did not drink and avoided all drugs, so when Mavis asked if he wanted to grab a drink, he humorously shared how he gave her $35 to buy a blouse instead.

Although Mavis admitted through laughter that she found it "absolutely peculiar," she purchased the blouse. A few years later, Jay and Mavis' wedding happened in an unfashionable way in 1980.

In an interview, Mavis admitted that their reason for getting married was not romantic; instead, they wanted to secure Jay's insurance if something happened to him.

Mavis Leno at the 11th Annual Global Women's Rights Awards on May 9, 2016 in California | Source: Getty Images

Mavis Leno at the 11th Annual Global Women's Rights Awards on May 9, 2016 in California | Source: Getty Images

The famous host could not buy his new girl a ring because he had just acquired a house. The couple had to wait a while before decorating their fingers with a symbol of their love.

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Once Jay landed "The Tonight Show," Mavis admitted during an interview that the years that followed were difficult for her. His fame skyrocketed, and as a result, Mavis said her husband always had someone asking him for something.

She decided she would not ask him for anything in their home to provide him with a sense of relief. And while this worked, Mavis still felt like there was distance in their relationship.

It was something Mavis carried alone; between the busy schedule and pressure from his job, she did not know if he had even noticed. She further said:

"At that time, for me, he was gone a lot, and it was not only a new situation for him, (but) it was a situation I had never experienced. And I didn't know anybody to ask."

Mavis Leno and Jay Leno at Vanity Fair's 19th annual Oscars party | Source: Getty Images

Mavis Leno and Jay Leno at Vanity Fair's 19th annual Oscars party | Source: Getty Images

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Mavis Didn't Want to Have Children

Having spent four decades together, Mavis and Jay have seen the best of themselves and have had nothing come in between them, not even children.

While most couples would rush at the thought of having their children, the show host and his feminist wife decided they would not have kids throughout their union.

Jay and Mavis Leno at the 2014 Carousel of Hope Ball Hotel on October 11, 2014 in California | Source: Getty Images

Jay and Mavis Leno at the 2014 Carousel of Hope Ball Hotel on October 11, 2014 in California | Source: Getty Images

As a comedian, Jay has his name written in gold, but he has been unable to belt out the famous dad jokes comedians love dishing to their fans simply because he wants to honor his wife's desire.

In an interview, Mavis revealed that the 1950s sitcom "The Honeymooners" left quite a negative impression on her, and when they got married, which was surprising to her, she asked Jay to respect her other wish: not having kids.

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The movie made Mavis feel like women were trapped even though sometimes they are the better of both parties. She made it her desire not to feel trapped.

Mavis Leno at the 9th Annual Global Women's Rights Awards Reception on May 5, 2014 California | Source: Getty Images

Mavis Leno at the 9th Annual Global Women's Rights Awards Reception on May 5, 2014 California | Source: Getty Images

Mavis' Husband Hoped to Be like Her

Jay never stops gushing over his longtime sweetheart and keeps sharing why their union has survived and seems to be improving.

The 70-year-old believes loyalty is a strong reason for his long-lasting marriage. Jay, in a post, said he always advised people to marry who they hope to be like.

Jay Leno and Mavis Leno at The Television Academy's 23rd Hall of Fame Induction Gala on March 11, 2014 in California | Source: Getty Images

Jay Leno and Mavis Leno at The Television Academy's 23rd Hall of Fame Induction Gala on March 11, 2014 in California | Source: Getty Images

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For him, there is nothing really worth fighting over between a couple. If his partner wants something, instead of fighting over it, she can have it. This, according to the 70-year-old, is one of the secrets of his marriage.

From his school days, Jay Leno nursed and groomed his comic skills. He would often perform stand-up comedy in local nightclubs and emceed talent shows for extra money.

After graduating, he wrote for the television show "Good Times." Soon, he became the most sought-after comedian in Hollywood, and until this day, his legacy still stands as one of Hollywood's best.

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