Who is Jayni Chase?
Jayni Ann Luke was born in North Hollywood, Los Angeles, California USA, on 24 August 1957 – her zodiac sign is Virgo, and she holds American nationality. She’s a location manager, environmental activist and TV personality, while she’s perhaps known best for being the wife of Cornelius Crane ‘Chevy’ Chase, a famous American actor, comedian and film writer.
Early life and education
Jayni was raised in North Hollywood by her parents, about whom only a little is known because she respects their privacy; it’s widely believed that her father was an actor, and that her mother was a housewife. Because she hasn’t spoken of having any siblings, most of her fans believe her to be an only child.
Jayni became interested in dancing while attending a local high school, but was also into several other activities, including playing volleyball for the school team, practicing acting with its drama club, and singing.
Upon matriculating in 1975, Jayni enrolled at the University of California, Santa Barbara, from which she graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in 1979.
Jayni worked as a production co-ordinator on the 1981 comedy movie “Under the Rainbow”, directed by Steve Rash, and which starred her husband Chevy, Carrie Fisher and Eve Arden. It follows various people who are staying at the luxurious Los Angeles hotel Under the Rainbow, with some of these people being a CIA agent, several little people from the 1939 movie “The Wizard of Oz”, and a Nazi spy; the movie won one of the five awards for which it was nominated.
In 1983, Jayni worked as a location secretary on the critically acclaimed adventure comedy movie “National Lampoon’s Vacation”, directed by Harold Ramis, and which starred her husband Chevy, Beverly D’Angelo and Imogene Coca. It follows the Griswold family’s road trip to the theme park Walley World.
Jayni received special thanks for the 2019 comedy movie “The Last Laugh”.
She’s made a guest appearance in an episode of a couple of talk-shows, including “Howard Stern on Demand” and “Biography”.
Jayni’s the founder of Center of Environmental Education, which helps educate both students and teachers on environmental conservation; because of raising awareness of the importance of saving our environment, Jayni has been presented with a Hugh C. Lane Jr. Award of Excellence in Environmental Education.
She’s also a bit of an author, having published her book “Blueprint For a Green School”.
Love life and marriage with Chevy Chase
Jayni met Chevy in 1980, while they were both working on the movie “Under the Rainbow”; they went on their first date around a week later, and on 19 June 1982, Chevy and Jayni exchanged vows in a private ceremony in Pacific Palisades, attended by only the closest of their friends and family members. They have three daughters together: Caley Leigh Chase, Emily Evelyn Chase and Cydney Cathalene Chase.
Jayni hasn’t mentioned any other men whom she has perhaps been with, while it’s widely known that Chevy had been married twice before meeting her. He exchanged vows with Susan Hewitt on 23 February 1973, and their divorce was finalized on 1 February 1976; he married his second wife Jacqueline Carlin on 4 December 1976, and they divorced on 14 November 1980.
As of April 2022, Jayni’s married to Chevy Chase, and they have three daughters together.
Hobbies and other interests
Jayni’s quite active on Instagram and is today followed by close to 4,000 people, but has uploaded only 22 pictures onto the network; it’s said that people often ask her questions related to the environment on Instagram, and that Jayni usually responds to these.
She’s a huge dog-lover, and her four pet dogs can be seen featured in some of her Instagram pictures.
Jayni’s into travelling and has been all around the world with her husband, while her dream travel destination seems to be Sydney, Australia.
She has her own favorite actresses and actors, some of whom are Julia Roberts, Angelina Jolie and Al Pacino, while a couple of her favorite films include “The Runaway Bride”, “Mr. and Mrs Smith” and “Scent of a Woman”.
Age, height and net worth
Jayni’s age is 64. She has long brown hair which she usually dyes blonde, her eyes are light blue, she’s 5ft 7ins (1.7m) tall, and she weighs around 130lbs (60kgs).
As of April 2022, Jayni’s net worth stands at over $500,000, while her husband Chevy’s net worth is reputedly more than $50 million.
Who is her husband Chevy Chase?
Chevy was born in New York City, USA on 8 October 1943 – his zodiac sign is Libra, and he holds American nationality. He’s appeared in more than 100 movies and TV series, while he’s perhaps still known best for his portrayal of the lead character Ty Webb in the 1980 sports comedy movie “Caddyshack”, directed by Harold Ramis, and which also starred Rodney Dangerfield and Bill Murray. It follows a golf club trying to deal with their new members, and the movie was nominated for a Stinker Bad Movie Award for Most Annoying Fake Accent: Female (Sarah Holcomb).
Chevy was raised alongside his older brother Ned in Woodstock, New York State, by their mother Cathalene Parker (nee Browning) who was a concert pianist, and their father Edward Tinsley ‘Ned’ Chase who was a book editor; Edward and Cathalene divorced when Chevy was only four years old, and they both passed away in 2005, Cathalene aged 82 and Edward 86.
Chevy studied at Riverdale County School, but was expelled for unknown reasons; he completed his high school education from Stockbridge School in 1962, and then attended Haverford College, eventually transferring to Bard College, and graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English in 1967; he avoided military draft by claiming that he was gay.
Prior to succeeding in the film industry, Chevy worked numerous jobs, including being a motorcycle messenger, truck driver, audio engineer, construction worker and theatre usher; he was also a drummer and keyboardist in a couple of bands, including the rock ‘n’ roll group Chamaeleon Church.
He gained recognition in 1973, when hired to work as a writer on the comedy radio show “The National Lampoon Radio Hour”, and in October 1975, Chevy joined the critically acclaimed comedy show “Saturday Night Live” (SNL), which he eventually quit in 1997.
Some of the most popular movies in which Chevy appeared at the beginning of his career were the 1976 comedy “Tunnel Vision”, the 1978 romantic thriller comedy “Foul Play”, and the 1980 fantasy comedy “Oh! Heavenly Dog”. He starred in the 1985 neo-noir comedy “Fletch”, which had a budget of $8 million and went on to gross close to $60 million; Chevy was one of the most popular actors in the ‘80s, and reputedly earned an average of $7 million per film.
Several of his ‘90s movies were a failure though, including “Nothing But Trouble”, “Memoirs of an Invisible Man” and “Cops & Robbersons”, all of which were nominated for various Razzie Awards; his mostly successful movie in that decade was perhaps the 1997 comedy “Vegas Vacation”. The following 10 years saw Chevy make a guest appearance in an episode of various critically acclaimed series, such as the mystery crime drama “Law & Order”, the family drama “Brothers & Sisters”, and the action comedy “Chuck”.
Between 2009 and 2014, he starred as Pierce Hawthorne in the hit comedy series “Community”, while a couple of his most recent roles have been in the 2020 comedy movie “The Very Excellent Mr. Dundee”, the 2020 short comedy video “Electri-vacation”, and the 2021 animated family comedy movie “Panda vs. Aliens” (voice role).
Chevy has won 10 awards, including three Primetime Emmys: two for “Saturday Night Live” in 1976, and another in 1978 for “The Paul Simon Special”. He’s been nominated for 10 other awards, and in 1993, Chevy was honored with his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.