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Jenny Jones
Janina Stronski

(1946-06-07) June 7, 1946 (age 76)
Occupation Talk show host, presenter, comedian, singer, drummer
Years active 1969–present
Jack Howard Poster
(m. 1969; ann. 1970)

Al Gambino
(m. 1970; div. 1972)

Buz Wilburn
(m. 1973; div. 1980)
Partner(s) Denis McCallion

Jenny Jones (born Janina Stronski; June 7, 1946) is a Canadian-American TV talk show host, comedian, singer and drummer. She hosted The Jenny Jones Show from 1991 to 2003.

Life and career

Jones was born Janina Stronski in Bethlehem, then in the British Mandate of Palestine. She gave her place of birth on her appearance on "Match Game" in 1981. She moved with her family to Italy, and from there they moved to Canada in 1948. Her parents were Polish immigrants, Zosia "Sophie", a seamstress and dressmaker, and John Stroński, a Polish army officer who was with the British Armed Forces at the time of Jones' birth. Jones grew up in London, Ontario, in a strict Catholic household. Her parents ran a bridal shop in Canada.

Jones started her career as a drummer in a rock band, and later attempted a career in stand-up comedy during the 1980s. She experienced some success with comedy, winning the 1986 season of the TV talent show Star Search. Prior to that, her first television appearances were as a contestant on The Price Is Right in 1979 (winning $12,955 in cash & prizes, including a sports car and $6,000 cash), Match Game in 1981 (as Jenny Wilburn, winning $5,500), and Press Your Luck in 1985 (winning $18,706 over 3 days).

The Jenny Jones Show

The Jenny Jones Show was an American syndicated daytime tabloid talk show that was hosted by Jones. It was produced by Telepictures and was distributed by Warner Bros. Television. The show ran from September 1991 to September 2003 and was taped in Chicago at WMAQ-TV studios.


Jones established The Jenny Jones Foundation in 2005 as a means to provide assistance to those in need. Primary areas of focus are education, women's health, and improving communities throughout the country. In 2008, Jenny established "Jenny's Heroes," a program where, through The Jenny Jones Foundation, she is giving two million dollars of her own money to individuals wanting to make a difference in their local communities.

Personal life

Jones maintains an official website,; a cooking website,; and a YouTube cooking channel. Another website,, which she launched in 2008, features stories from anonymous people who positively impacted their communities. Jones has given over $1,000,000 to fifty such people who are looked upon as "heroes" since the website was launched. The website is based upon a segment of the Jenny Jones talk show which also featured such people.

Jones has been married three times. She married Al Gambino, a musician, in 1970; they divorced in 1972. Jones married Buz Wilburn (a record marketing executive) in 1973; they divorced in 1980. An earlier marriage was annulled. She is in a long-term relationship with Denis McCallion, who works as a film-location manager.

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