Mavis Leno is the former host of the American late-night talk show, The Tonight Show. She is also an active philanthropist and leading feminist of the United States. Mavis is popularly known as the wife of famous American comedian, writer, and television host, James Douglas Muir Leno, aka Jay Leno.

Her husband is well-known for being the former host of The Tonight Show and creator as well as a host of talk show, “The Jay Leno Show.”

Quick Info
NameMavis Leno
Birth Name
Mavis Elizabeth Nicholson
Birth Date
5th September 1946
Birth Place
San Francisco, California, United States
Current City
New York, United States
E.A. Nicholson
Emerson College
Zodiac Sign
5 feet 7 inches
170 cm
60 kg or 132 lbs
dark brown
Jay Leno (1980-Present)
Social Media
Net Worth$5 million
Young Mavis Leno and Jay Leno at 1979 TAV Studios Beverly Hills
Young Mavis and Jay Leno at 1979 TAV Studios Beverly Hills Source: Getty Images


Mavis Leno was born as Mavis Elizabeth Nicholson on 5th September 1946. She was born and raised in San Francisco, California, the United States thus, she has American nationality and white ethnicity. Her father, E.A. Nicholson is also an actor. The name of her mother and siblings is still a mystery to us. Mavis further has Virgo as her birth sign.

Leno was educated at Emerson College. She hasn’t disclosed the high school she attended. By the words of her husband, Jay Leno, Mavis is a voracious reader. She enjoys reading thus we believe; she is an educated woman. Mavis’s field of interest in English History.


How did Leno start her career?

Mavis Leno started working as a feminist raising voices for women’s rights. She moved to New York with her boyfriend, Jay Leno, and continued working. She also became his manager for a short while as they both didn’t have enough money to keep the manager. Mavis continued on her work as a feminist and she currently serves as a board member and chairperson of the Feminist Majority Foundation.

Mavis has also voiced against the construction of an oil pipeline through Afghanistan. She also voiced for the proper treatment of women who were mistreated by the Taliban in Unocal Corporation and alerted U.S. President Bill Clinton.

Mavis Leno and Jay Leno in their wedding 1980
Mavis Leno and Jay Leno in their wedding 1980 Source: Pinterest

Love & Married Life with Jay Leno

Mavis Leno has dated several men before meeting Jay. She confessed that she had never planned on getting married until she found Jay Leno. Mavis and Jay first met each other in January 1976 when Jay was just an amateur comedian doing stand-up comedy. Jay also set his eye on Mavis as she was sitting on the front row. Despite being ready to be in a relationship with Jay, Mavis hadn’t planned on getting married. She confessed that she knew she would tie her knot to Mavis the night Mavis helped a woman from being harassed by a man.

During their early time, both Jay and Mavis were low on cash. They tied their knot in 1980 in their friend’s house and it was small with only a few friends and family. it has already been over 41 years of marriage and the couple has been going strong. They don’t have any children yet.


Body Measurement

Mavis Leno celebrated her 75th birthday on September 2021 and this year, she will turn 76. Mavis is a beautiful and confident woman. She stands 5 feet 7 inches which are about 170 cm tall weighing 60 kg or 132 lbs. Mavis possesses dark brown hair and hazel eyes. She has a straight sexual orientation.


Social media

Mavis Leno does not fancy social media or public attention. Thus, she is not present on any social media platforms such as Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook. On the other hand, we can find her husband, Jay Leno actively on social media platforms. Jay has over 47.2 thousand followers on Instagram and over 600.8 thousand followers on Twitter. He can be connected with @jayleno on Twitter. However, Jay does not prefer to share his personal life on social media.

Mavis Leno and Jay Leno attending 2012 Oscar Party at Los Angeles
Mavis Leno and Jay Leno attending 2012 Oscar Party at Los Angeles Source: Getty

Net worth

Mavis Leno has an estimated net worth of $5 million as of 2022. Her husband, Jay Leno has an estimated net worth of $450 million as of 2022. Mavis mostly works for a non-profit organization and is an active charitable person. Despite being the wife of a famous personality, Mavis prefers to lead a simple lifestyle indulging herself in social services.



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