The creative genius of American writer, Stan Lee, who was born in 1922, brought us 'Spider Man', 'X-Men' and 'The Hulk'. They climbed tall buildings and fought the bad guys, but had normal worries too, about love, acceptance and family. Readers loved them and Marvel Comics, with Lee at the helm, went on to become hugely successful. In 2010 the Stan Lee Foundation was founded to focus on literacy, education and the arts. On January 4, 2011 Lee received the 2428th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
We wanted a swimming pool. We couldn't afford a real swimming pool but Joanie who… is the world's greatest decorator; I mean she's got fabulous taste. She bought a little plastic pool, one of these little round made-out-of plastic things that sit above the ground. Wasn't very big, it might have been, I don't know, 10 feet across. But instead of leaving it sit in the ground, she had some people come over and dig a big hole, and we put the thing in the ground, and then she put rocks and greenery and plants all around it, and if you've ever seen any of the old Tarzan movies, it looked like that thing he always used to dive into from a cliff, these natural lagoons. it was gorgeous. And all our friends and neighbors from the mansions around us used to come to our place to hang around this little lagoon. And it was great, 'cause I could swim from one side to the other with one stroke, it was only that big. So I'd go to the office and I'd say, ‘Yeah, I had a swim the other day’. ‘Really?’ Did… ‘Oh, I did about 300 laps’. Yeah, I was a big phony.
Leo Bear is a Hollywood-based features writer. Her background is in news and features writing. Leo spent five years on the entertainment newsdesk at BBC Worldwide before going freelance and moving out to Los Angeles. She specialises in writing lifestyle features, celebrity interviews, health stories and travel features for publications including Eve Magazine, OK! Magazine, Total Film, TV Hits and Conde Nast Gourmet Travel Guide.