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Mavis Nicholson Leno is Jay Leno's Wife (Photos)

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Mavis Elizabeth Nicholson Leno is an American philanthropist and the wife of talk show host Jay Leno.  They have been married since 1980 and do not have any children.

A leading feminist in California and internationally, she keeps a low profile, choosing to work behind the scenes in support of Feminist Majority Foundation's Campaign to Stop Gender Apartheid in Afghanistan.  She has been the groups Chair since 1997, giving generously of her money and time to further the cause of educating the world about the plight of Afghan women under the Taliban.

Mavis Leno was one of the driving forces in changing the opinion of President Bill Clinton as well as the executives of Unocal Corporation regarding the construction of an oil pipeline through Afghanistan, which could have put billions of dollars into the hands of the Taliban.

More photos below.  Jay Leno was hospitalized on April 23, 2009.  See details here.



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Jay Leno sat down with Oprah for an in depth interview that aired on January 28, 2010.  See video below.


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    In the last 13 years, I have lost our 21 yr old son, new college graduateto anEcstasy-induced suicide ----he shot himself in front of my husband David and Me. Ten months later I fell and broke my right femur badly. In Nov of 2002, while vacationing in Myrtle Beach,our gorgeous 15 room house burned. In April, 2004, my husband David,,,a retired lawyer, died.. I was forced to sell my house, for far below its worth. Due to David's failing health, due to a heart attack,,at age 41, I was in dire straits. BUT, when I watch your monologue, Jay, it lifts my soul.

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    Mavis is so lucky to have a big cuddly guy like Jay around.

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    moving to Nevada made my children and i targets for some insane out of work actors thinking my family or my husabnds own some huge company--we don't and people just keep maniplating and attacking us--I, out of no where had a horde of people invade my life , did they think i was jays wife---ya right!!!!! I wish. I'm glad i finally got to see her myself-I was beginning to relaly get curious.
    Pamela Marie

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    But I had NO IDEA about his wife. She's cool!

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    How in the world didn't "that guy" take his place sooner??!

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    HOW IN THE WORLD DID THAT GUY TAKE YOUR PLACE ON THE TONIGHT SHOW?? I HAD BEEN WATCHING IT SINCE "JACK" WHEN I WAS IN COLLEGE ('1959-1963) UP UNTIL NOW. HOWEVER I WILNEVER WATCH THE "CONAN SHOW EVER. I WISH YOU THE VERY BEST ON YOUR PRIME TIME SHOW.
    SETH

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    WE ARE GOING TO MISS JAY ON THE TONIGHT SHOW AND I DO INTEND TO FOLLOW HIM TO PRIME TIME. BEST OF LUCK TO YOU AND MAVIS AND WITH YOUR NEW SHOW.