"People sometimes say the way things happen in the movies is unreal, but actually, it's the way things happen to you in life that's unreal."
Warhol, the leading figure in the pop art movement of the mid 20th century, was not always a popular guy. During middle school, he was an outcast at school due to Sydenham's chorea, a disease of the nervous system that caused involuntary movements of his extremities. Fearing the bullying of his classmates, he preferred instead to stay at home with his mother, who was his best friend. While bedridden, he created, drawing and painting to pass the time. Frequent hospital visits as a child left him with a paralyzing fear of doctors, and though he was a known hypochondriac throughout his life, he still managed to be a raving success.