Jay Leno’s spouse, Mavis Leno, reportedly diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, has led Leno to file for conservatorship on January 26, 2024. The couple, married since 1980, first crossed paths at the Comedy Store in Los Angeles, as revealed by People magazine.
A hearing for the conservatorship is set for April 9 this year, according to Page Six, although specific details regarding Mavis’ Alzheimer’s diagnosis remain undisclosed.
Alzheimer’s disease, as defined by the Mayo Clinic, involves the shrinking of the brain, resulting in the demise of brain cells, accompanied by various complications such as memory loss and alterations in behavior and social skills.
Despite their decades-long union, Jay Leno and Mavis Leno did not have children. Renowned for his roles in numerous films and television programs, Jay’s wife, Mavis, holds a position as a board member of the Feminist Majority Foundation, according to People magazine.
Their initial encounter at a comedy club in Los Angeles left a lasting impression on Mavis, who described Jay as “gorgeous.” Reflecting on their relationship, Mavis expressed her surprise at marrying Jay, attributing it to a newfound sense of tranquility and fulfillment.
The couple chose not to exchange engagement rings, opting instead to purchase a home together. Their wedding ceremony coincided with Jay Leno’s parents’ anniversary.
In an interview with The Washington Post, Mavis reiterated her decision not to have children, a sentiment she had expressed to her mother at a young age.
In November 2022, Jay Leno suffered severe burns in a garage fire at his Los Angeles residence. Although details about the extent of his injuries were not disclosed, Leno recounted the ordeal during a recent interview with Piers Morgan, recalling his promise to Mavis that he would return by morning despite the harrowing experience. Following surgery and a skin graft, Leno revealed his recovery journey during an appearance on The Kelly Clarkson Show.
At 73 years old, Jay Leno remains a prominent figure in entertainment, hosting shows such as the White House Correspondents’ Dinner and You Bet Your Life.