Joan Boocock Lee was widely known as the wife of the legendary writer of comic books, Stan Lee, who also was an American editor, publisher, and producer. She was a renowned British-American hat model and undoubtedly one of Hollywood’s top female comic voice legends. Stan Lee’s wife was ushered into fame through her husband who featured her in several of his movies. Her acting career began when she was featured to lent the voice of Miss Forbes in the movie, Fantastic Four.
She went on to carry out voice works for many animated Marvel films and television series including Iron Man, Spider-Man, and Stan Lee’s Mutants, Monsters & Marvels. With her luminous beauty even at old age, Joan was poised for great success in the movie industry. Besides, she was a successful writer who wrote many books. Her professional life has attracted a lot of attention from fans, although not so much is known about her personal and family life with Stan Lee.
She Started Her Career as a Model Before She Became a Voice Actress
Joan Boocock began her acting career after thirty years of her marriage to the iconic writer of comic books, Stan Lee. The renowned hat model did not venture into acting immediately after her marriage as she landed her first gig to lend her voice to Miss Forbes in the comic animated marvel, Fantastic Four in 1994. The same year, Stan Lee’s wife provided the voice of a computer in the TV series, Iron Man.
With her amazing work ethic, spirited personality, and quick-wit, Boocock was poised for huge success as she landed more voice roles in many movies and television series. Additionally, the veteran actress exhibited her extraordinary talent as she voiced Madame Web in the 1996 American animated television series, Spider-Man.
Joan Boocock went on to feature as herself alongside her husband, Stan Lee and Kevin Smith in the 2002 movie, Stan Lee’s Mutants, Monsters & Marvels.
The British-American Model Was a Published Author
Throughout her acting career that spanned for more than two decades, Joan Boocock has graced her talent in other movies and television series including the documentary about her husband named With Great Power: The Stan Lee Story, Comic Book Superheroes Unmasked, and X-Men: Apocalypse.
Even though the adroit actress did not win any award throughout her acting career, her contributions in the field of voice work will always be remembered especially in the animated marvel genre.
Furthermore, Joan Boocock flexed her writing skills as an author during her lifetime. She had many unpublished novels as she only managed to publish one novel titled The Pleasure Palace before her death.
Joan Boocock Lee’s First Marriage Was to Sanford Dorf Weiss
The famous love life of Joan Boocock Lee with Stan Lee was interesting, but so also was her first marriage, even though it did not get to last. Born in England, she was raised there but by the end of the Second World War, her path crossed with that of an American serviceman named Sanford Dorf Weiss.
As soon as Joan and Weiss met, there was a connection and they instantly fell in love. More interesting is that less than 24 hours after they first met, the two decided they wanted to spend the rest of their lives together and so they got married in 1943. It was after this marriage that she moved with her new husband to the United States.
The marriage was what any woman would have wanted; happy and peaceful. Nonetheless, it was still boring and uneventful which was a problem for the adventurous Joan and so when Stan Lee came by, she gave the marriage away in divorce in 1947.
She Was Married to Stan Lee Until Death Came Calling
Joan Boocock met Stan Lee in the modeling agency where she worked by coincidence as he was on a blind date with another model in the same agency. Before they met, it was no secret that Lee who was a good-looking man was a player.
Stan Lee fell in love with her for the very first time he set his eyes on her even to the point of telling her that he used to draw her face since he was a child. After Lee’s marriage proposal to Joan Boocock two weeks into their courtship, she nullified her previous marriage which paved way for her to be legally married to Stan Lee.
The couple got married on the 5th of December 1947 and the marriage lasted a massive seven decades until she died in 2017. The union was blessed with two daughters: Joan Celia Lee born in 1950 and Jan Lee born in 1953; the latter unfortunately died three days later.
Joan Boocock Lee Died Following a Stroke
Joan Clayton Boocock Lee, the beloved wife of Stan Lee since 1947, passes away at 93. 😰 pic.twitter.com/jQ0YCZAQfp
— Cartoonist Pics (@Fotosdecomics) July 7, 2017
On July 6, 2017, Joan lost her life following complications of a stroke she suffered a few days earlier. She was said to have died with her husband and her daughter around her.
She had faced a steady decline to her health over time as a result of her age. Because of this, she had not been actively involved in much since 2016 after a cameo in X-Men: Apocalypse.
Her husband of close to seven decades would only survive slightly more than a year before joining her in 2018 when he died as a result of cardiac arrest. Respiratory and congestive heart failures were reported as the underlying causes of his death.
Her Daughter Is Also an Actress But Had a Bad Relationship With Her Father Before His Death
Joan Celia Lee has also followed the footsteps of her parents by having a career in the entertainment business as an actress and producer. Even though she has not attained the fame of either of her parents, she has been able to establish her name. She is famous for works such as The Cool World (1963) and The Ambulance (1990).
J.C. as she is famously known did not have the best of relationships with her father in the final years of his life. According to reports, she subjected him to physical and psychological abuse.
In February 2018, Stan signed a declaration against his daughter whom he accused of trying to steal his money and properties.