Jay Leno has initiated the process for a conservatorship over his wife, Mavis Leno, following her Alzheimer’s disease diagnosis, as reported by Page Six and TMZ. The conservatorship is based on this diagnosis, and a hearing is scheduled for April 9.
According to People, the 73-year-old former Tonight Show host briefly met Mavis in the 1970s after performing at Los Angeles’ famed Comedy Store comedy club. The couple, married since 1980, met in the ’70s and has no children.
“I always had this idea that I would never get married … But with Jay, I began to realise that this was the first time I was ever with someone where I had a perfect, calm sense of having arrived at my destination,” she recalled.
“I remember telling my mother when I was 7 or 8 that I was never going to get married or have children,” she told the Washington Post in 2014.
“To me, this is the way women get caught.”
Mavis, 77, played a supportive role during Jay’s return to the comedy stage in 2022 after a car explosion caused third-degree burns to his face and hands. Despite challenges, they have shared a long history together.