Who is Mavis Leno? Jay Leno's wife visits him in hospital after he suffers serious burns from accident
'I got some serious burns from a gasoline fire. I am ok. Just need a week or two to get back on my feet,' said Jay Leno after he burned the left side of his face in a garage fire
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA: Long-time television host Jay Leno suffered some serious burn injuries to his face and hands from a gasoline fire and is being treated at Grossman Burn Center. While the left side of his face got burned, his eyes and ears were luckily safe. After the Hollywood celebrity got burned, his wife Mavis Leno could be seen arriving at the hospital to visit him at the Peter Grossman Burn Unit, in West Hills, California.
Mavis Leno, 76, could be seen arriving in with a friend and the two of them carried a lot of luggage, reported Daily Mail. She looked gloomy after the Los Angeles garage tragedy. The former host of NBC's 'The Tonight Show' from 1992 to 2009 confirmed the news to TMZ and said, "I got some serious burns from a gasoline fire. I am ok. Just need a week or two to get back on my feet." The incident resulted in him canceling his appearance at The Financial Brand conference on Sunday, November 13. Leno's employee George Swift told ET, "It was a steam car. This steam was made by gas. It got sprayed, as a gas," Swift, who works as a mechanic at the comedian's garage, explained. "He called me, and he told me there was a fire and the fire department is coming."
Swift further explained, "He's getting the best care. He's a tough guy, he's going to be fine. It's nothing life-threatening. He's in great spirits, but you know, it's going to take a while." Now, Leno is also joined by his wife Mavis. The Burbank Fire Department also told ET that after receiving reports of a fire they dispatched to Leno's luxury garage around 12.30 pm. Jay Leno was treated after assistance reached the 3100 block of North Damon Way.
Who is Mavis Leno?
Mavis Leno is an American philanthropist and a feminist, who likes to keep her life considerably low-key. She has been the chair of the Feminist Majority Foundation's Campaign to Stop Gender Apartheid in Afghanistan since 1997 and even got Jay Leno to contribute $100,000 to the cause in 1999. It's also said that she was one of the leading forces in affecting then-President Bill Clinton's decision of constructing an oil pipeline through Afghanistan which could potentially make Taliban billionaires.
She met Jay in a comedy club and the two have stayed together since then. Back in 1987, Mavis told PEOPLE, "I always had this idea that I would never get married. But with Jay, I began to realize that this was the first time I was ever with someone where I had a perfect, calm sense of having arrived at my destination." Jay has previously told PeopleTV the secret to a long and healthy married life saying, "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. 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.'"