Jayni Chase: Bio, Family, Career, Net Worth & More

Who is Jayni Chase?    

Jayni Chase is an American Activist, Author, and Actress. She is well known for being Chevy Chase’s 3rd wife. Jayni Chase is devoted to protecting the environment and has actively participated in various campaigns for decades. Below is a deeper look at Jayni’s life.

Jayni Chase Biography
Jayni Chase Biography

Quick Facts 

Full NameJayni Ann Luke
BirthdayAugust 24, 1957
Age65 years old
BirthplaceLos Angeles, California
Sun SignVirgo
TraitsPositive: Intelligent, Down to Earth, and Realistic.
Negative: Over Analyzing, Pessimistic, and Stubborn.
ParentsFrank E. Luke (father)
Beverly Luke (mother)
Eye ColorGreen
Marital StatusMarried
SpouseChevy Chase
ChildrenCydney Cathalene Chase
Caley Leigh Chase
Emily Evelyn Chase
ProfessionActress, Author, and Activist
Net Worth$10 Million
Social Media Instagram
Quick Facts about Jayni Chase

Interesting Facts

  1. Jayni is the daughter of a late veteran who served in the US Army Air Force during World War II, Frank Luke.
  2. Jayni foresaw what was coming in the future. The start of Jayni’s activities for the environment dates back to decades (35 years to be precise). 
  3. If Jayni wanted, she could live comfortably without doing anything. However, she wishes to take action against the same and share her knowledge and resources with everyone. 
  4. We can easily recognize her heart for saving the environment through the summaries of various campaigns she has been a part of.

Early life, Upbringing & Education

Born on August 24, 1957, Jayni emphasizes the environment she was raised in as her inspiration for the life of an activist. She also pinpointed the influence of the 1st Earth Day celebrated (1970 in the US) in her 13-year-old mind.   

As for education, Jayni attended North Hollywood High School. Then, she got a degree in Communication from the University of California Santa Barbara (UCSB). In addition to that, she was granted an Honorary Master’s Degree in Environmental Studies by the Antioch New England Graduate School.   


Beverly Luke (Mother)

Jayni and her mother have a great relationship with each other. The two of them frequently travel and enjoy each other’s company. Her mother is also super close to her three daughters, and you can see their love boosting up social media.

Young Jayni Chase with her mother Beverly Luke back in 1979.
Young Jayni with her mother Beverly Luke back in 1979.

Frank E. Luke (Father)

Jayni Luke is the daughter of a Veteran from World War II. Frank E. Luke Served the Army Airforce during World War II.

Frank E. Luke who served in the Army Air Force during the World War II
Jayni Chase’s Father, Frank E. Luke who served in the Army Air Force during the World War II

Unfortunately, her father passed away in August of 2014.

Jayni Chase Relationships

Jayni has been happily married to the American Comedian, Actor, and Writer Chevy Chase (Full name: Cornelius Crane Chase) for decades now. 

But what about before Jayni and Chevy Chase’s marriage? 

Chevy led a hard life in terms of his relationships. Before he met Jayni, he was divorced two times. His first wife was Suzanne Hewitt. Chevy and Suzanne married on February 23, 1973. However, things didn’t work out for them & after 3years of being together, they got divorced on February 1, 1976.

Chevy got married to Jacquline Carlin for the second time on December 4, 1973. But unfortunately, this marriage also didn’t work for him. After being together for 7 years, the couple got divorced on November 14, 1980.

Jayni and Chevy first met in 1981 at the movie set for ‘Únder the Rainbow‘ as the main star and production coordinator. However, she had just entered her career and was determined to progress. She had no mindset to be in a relationship with anyone & the last thing she wanted was a relationship with a Celebrity.

Unlike Jayni, Chevy had fallen for Jayni and tried to interact with her. When Chevy’s brother visited his set, he told him he would marry Jayni someday. 

So how did the story go?

When Chevy approached Jayni, she had no interest in him whatsoever. However, as time passed, they started dating. Upon realizing that she had fallen in love, Jayni got angered and threw off everything in her room. 

Chevy Chase and Jayni Chase Wedding Photo.
Chevy Chase and Jayni Chase Wedding Photo.

Fortunately, things ended up working for the couple. Jayni and Chevy held their wedding ceremony in Pacific Palisade, California, in June 1982.


Jayni Chase and Chevy Chase have three daughters, Cydney, Caley, and Emily. All three daughters have a loving relationship with their parents and each other.

Cydney Cathalene Chase

Cydney Cathalene Chase is Jayni Chase’s and Chevy Chase’s eldest daughter, born on January 4, 1983. She is a Singer-SongWriter, a Painter, and a Yoga Practitioner. She is married to Ryan Bartell, a realtor at Keller Williams. Ryan and Cydney have been together for almost ten years.

Caley Leigh Chase

Caley Leigh Chase is the second daughter of Jayni Chase and Chevy Chase, born on January 19, 1985. She is an Actress, a Writer, and a Producer. She officially debuted in 2005 through the short film Shakes and took a 5-year break until the short film named Hotel Hell Vacation. 

Jayni Chase daughters, Cydney, Caley, and Emily
Jayni Chase daughters, Cydney, Caley, and Emily

Emily Evelyn Chase

Emily Evelyn Chase is the youngest daughter of Jayni Chase and Chevy Chase, born on September 29, 1988. She attended Lawrence High School from 2003 to 2007 and got a Bachelor of Arts Degree, majoring in Political Science. 

Jayni Chase Health Issues  

Jayni Chase has Rheumatoid Arthritis. Rheumatoid Arthritis is a long-term auto-immune inflammatory disorder (Condition) where the immune system attacks one’s body tissues. It affects the lining of joints (Synovium) and causes painful swelling, in severe cases, physical disabilities.

This Condition can also cause damage to different parts of the body, such as the lungs, heart, blood vessels, eyes, and skin.   

Jayni Chase after her hike with her pets
Jayni Chase after her hike with her pets

She underwent surgery on her left hand’s index finger on February 18, 2020, and is healing.  


Jayni Chase got started with her career as a crew member in movies. She has worked as a location secretary, production coordinator, actress, and guest in TV Series and movies. Some of her known works are National Lampoon’s Vacation, Who wants to be a Millionaire, The last laugh, and more.

Besides being an actress, Jayni is an activist devoted to environmental education and saving wildlife. She has active participation in various campaigns for the environment. Jayni also contributes to the Huffington Post, where she writes articles on environmental concerns.

She founded the Center for Environmental Education (CEE) under the Project ECO School in 1988. During this activity, she wrote ‘Blueprint for a Green School.’ The book contains over 7500 resources of information that can make Schools go green. The Center for Environment Education worked towards educating children on the environment. Jayni believes that children’s education in schools will impact the future.

This project involves the media and local communities raising awareness of the environment and its causes and effects. The center also teaches students to be consumer responsible and create various campaigns and programs like zero-waste lunch, Community service, fundraising, and more.

In 2008, Jayni dissolved the board of the Center for Environmental Education. Instead, Unity College in Maine was given the materials.

Jayni Chase was the Vice President’s Al Gore Slide Show Presenters (2007-2013). Previously she was a Board of Directors of the Billion Oyster Project. In addition, she has participated in Clinton Global Initiatives and worked with many organizations such as Friends of Earth, Alliance for Climate Education(ACE), Environmental Media Association (EMA), and more.

Jayni Chase at the board meeting of Billion Oyster Project (BOP)

She is also the Advisory Board member of BEDFORD 2030 | Climate Action Now, And a member of the Pleiades, a women’s network working towards sustainability. 

Jayni Chase owns a small business, The Pharm Stand, established in 2019 in Armonk. She and her two partners, Jason Provost and Chris Singleton, have different experiences with Cannabinoids products. The venture has put the consultative sales approach into practice.

The venture is a wellness boutique aiming to be the center of information for Cannabinoids products and their benefits. Their goal is to increase awareness of the products and let the customers know what they are buying. 

Jayni Chase Movies, TV Shows, and Documentaries

Under the RainbowProduction Coordinator
National Lampoon’s VacationLocation Secretary
Who wants to be a MillionaireSelf 
The Last LaughSelf
Biography Self
LEED by Example Self
Howard Stern on Demand Self (Voice)
Aviv gala presents a Salute to Goldie HawnSelf (The annual television)

Jayni Chase Awards

Jayni is awarded the Hugh C.Lane Jr. Award of Excellence in Environment Education for her activities by the Center for Environment Education.


Jayni has not been a part of controversies. Instead, she has been catering to environmental concerns which will affect the lives of all of us.

Contrasting that, her husband, Chevy Chase is a part of many controversies. First, in 1980, he got sued by Hollywood Legend for slander (settling out of court later). Then, he was banned from hosting Saturday Night Live (SNL)in 1995 for abusive behavior toward the cast and crew members. 

He was also addicted to painkillers and got admitted to Betty Ford Center after the back pain complications after pratfalls during his time on Saturday Night Live. It was stated later as a low-level addiction.

It doesn’t stop here. In September 2016, Chevy got treated for Alcoholism.

His colleagues described working with him as difficult to work. 

Jayni Chase Net worth

With her diverse career, Jayni makes an appropriate income to Live Comfortably. Jayni Chase’s net worth is somewhere between USD 5-10 Million.

As for her husband, Chevy Chase, his net worth is approximately $60Million and expects to rise. In addition, the family is actively involved with wellness, donation, and charity-related activities. 

Social Media    

Jayni Chase is active on Social media sites like Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. She frequently posts about campaigns, the environment, and her time with her family.

She has 3.7K followers on her Instagram, 807 followers on Twitter, and 2.3K friends on Facebook. Her followers and friends provide words of encouragement and acknowledgment for her through the comments on her post.


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