Jay Leno has been married to his wife Mavis Nicholson since 1980 after meeting while the comedian was performing at the legendary Comedy Store.
Comedian and TV personality Jay Leno and his philanthropist wife, Mavis, are still madly in love even after 42 years together. The former Tonight Show host met his wife in the 1970s while performing at the legendary Comedy Store. While Mavis didn't think she'd ever marry, Leno himself has admitted that he "wasn't very good at dating." But everything changed when the two met, PEOPLE reported. The couple tied the knot in 1980. "I always thought I'd never marry," Mavis said in 1987. "But with Jay, I realized that this was the first time I'd ever been with someone where I had a perfect, calm sense of having arrived at my destination."
Speaking to PeopleTV about the secret to their long-lasting marriage a few years ago, Leno joked: "Not screwing around is a huge key. You can do a lot. You can leave your underwear on the doorknob for the rest of your life if you don't screw around."
Putting aside the jokes, Jay added: "I always tell guys when they meet a woman, 'Marry your conscience. Marry someone who's the person you wish you could be and it works out okay.'"
He elaborated on this piece of wisdom in an interview with Los Angeles Times in 2014, saying: "I had this discussion with Drew Barrymore on 'The Tonight Show.' She was asking about being married, and I said, 'You should always marry your conscience.' By that I mean, in show business—it happens in sports and politics too—you go through the usual avarice, and you need someone who will go, 'What are you doing? You don't act like this.' If you wind up with someone who enjoys those things, you go to hell pretty much together. I spent half of my life trying not to disappoint my mother and the other half trying not to disappoint my wife. I mean, you have to respect the standard. You need to be able to look in the mirror."
Even after 42 years of marriage, the adorable couple is still madly in love. They have a genuine relationship, and they both bring out the best in each other. While their romance withstood the test of time, there wasn't anything romantic about how they got engaged. In fact, there was no ring involved either.
"I had this insurance policy, and I thought if something happened to me, my girlfriend wouldn't be covered, but if we're married, we're covered, so... we might as well get married. Not the most romantic. Mavis didn't even get an engagement ring until —" Leno said in the 2014 interview before Mavis chimed in: "He was going to get me one, but we had just bought a house, so why would I do that? I'm not that kind of person."
The Jay Leno's Garage star recently suffered severe burns to his face, chest, and hand in a gasoline fire that broke out while Leno was working on a car in his California garage. According to BBC, the comedian had two skin graft surgeries while at the Grossman Burn Center. Dr. Peter Grossman, a burn and cosmetic surgeon, revealed that Leno remained upbeat throughout his treatment, even cracking jokes and handing out cookies to children who were also being treated at the burn unit. In a press conference following Leno's accident, Dr. Grossman revealed that Mavis was "by [Leno's] side" the entire time. "[She is] obviously very concerned," he said during a press conference following the accident. "They have a very close relationship, and she's doing as well as you can expect a wife who is concerned about her husband."
The hospital said on Monday that Leno "is looking forward to spending Thanksgiving with his family and friends and wishes everyone a wonderful holiday."
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