Liz Murray

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23, 1980
The Bronx, NY
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The Bronx, NY


Motivational speaker and author who published the bestselling memoir, Breaking Night, which details her admission to Harvard University despite having been homeless during her teenage years. Also an entrepreneur, she founded an organization called Manifest Living.

Before Fame

She was born in the Bronx, New York, to parents suffering from drug addiction. After her mother died from complications of AIDS, she and her HIV-infected father became homeless.


Determined to escape homelessness, she graduated from New York City's Humanities Preparatory Academy in just two years and subsequently attended Harvard University. Her sister similarly escaped poverty, earning a degree from Purchase College and becoming a special education teacher.

Family Life

Her marriage to James Scanlon resulted in a son named Liam and a daughter named Maya Jean.

Associated With

She was portrayed by actress Thora Birch in a 2003 made-for-television movie titled Homeless to Harvard: The Liz Murray Story.