Joan Boocock Lee
Joan Boocock Lee
Joan B. Lee with husband Stan and daughter Joan "J. C." Lee in the 1950s
5 February 1922
|Died||6 July 2017 (aged 95)|
|Occupation||Voice actress, model|
(m. 1943; Annulled 1947)
Stan Lee (m. 1947)
Joan Lee (née Boocock; February 5, 1922 – July 6, 2017) was a British-American model and voice actress. She was the wife of comic book writer Stan Lee, whom she met in New York City in the 1940s while working as a hat model. In her later years, Lee became a voice actress and appeared in the Spider-Man and Fantastic Four animated series in the 1990s. Kevin Smith referred to Joan as “Stan’s personal superhero” and “Marvel Muse”.
Joan Boocock's birth was registered in the first quarter of 1922 in Castle Ward Rural District (now part of Newcastle's Metropolitan Borough) according to her birth register records. Her father was Norman Dunton Boocock. Her mother's maiden name was Clayton. In one interview, she stated that she was born in Gosforth, Newcastle, and grew up and in Fawdon. After World War II, she relocated to the United States as a war bride after marrying an American serviceman, Sanford Dorf Weiss, whom she had only known for 24 hours prior to their marriage in 1943.
Marriage to Stan Lee
In her early years, Joan Boocock was a well-known hat model before moving to the United States as a war bride to Sanford Dorf Weiss, from whom she separated not long after  and later as wife to Stan Lee.
Lee's cousin had set him up on a blind date with a different model at the agency Joan worked. When Lee went to the modeling agency to meet his intended date, Joan answered the door instead- upon seeing her he immediately professed his love for her and told her he had been drawing her face since childhood.
Lee proposed after two weeks of dating, and she went to Reno, Nevada in order to nullify her previous marriage. On December 5, 1947, she received an annulment for her previous marriage, then married Lee in the room next door. Together, they had two daughters, Joan Celia "J. C." Lee (b. 1950), and Jan Lee, who died three days after delivery in 1953. In 1949, the couple bought a two-story, three-bedroom home in Woodmere, Long Island, living there through 1952.
In 1981, Stan and Joan Lee moved from New York City to Los Angeles. There, she lent her voice to several animated Marvel shows in the 1990s. She first appeared in Fantastic Four in 1994, voicing a reoccurring character. She voiced a computer in the Iron Man television series for three episodes in 1994. She later appeared in Spider-Man as Madame Web, appearing in eight episodes from 1996 to 1998.
In 2002, she appeared as herself alongside Stan Lee and Kevin Smith in Stan Lee's Mutants, Monsters & Marvels. In 2003, she appeared as herself in the documentary Comic Book Superheroes Unmasked. In 2010, she appeared in a documentary about her husband called With Great Power: The Stan Lee Story. Lee made her last appearance in a cameo in the 2016 film X-Men: Apocalypse alongside her husband.
Posthumously, Lee's likeness was used for a digital cameo in Avengers: Endgame. She and her husband (who were both de-aged to appear as they did in the 1970s) appear as two hippies driving by Camp Lehigh.
In 1987, Joan Lee wrote The Pleasure Palace, her first novel. Three unpublished novels were found among her possessions.
Lee died on July 6, 2017, in Los Angeles from stroke-related complications. Her husband of almost 70 years, and their daughter, Joan, were present as she died. Although several sources gave her age as 93 at the time of her death, British birth records show she was, in fact, 95 years old.
|1994||Iron Man||Computer Voice||Voice|||
|1994||Fantastic Four||Miss Forbes||Voice|||
|2002||Stan Lee's Mutants, Monsters & Marvels||Herself||Documentary|||
|2003||Comic Book Superheroes Unmasked||Herself||Documentary|||
|2010||With Great Power: The Stan Lee Story||Herself||Documentary|||
|2016||X-Men: Apocalypse||Joanie Lee||Live-action, cameo|||
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