Liz Murray was raised in poverty by drug-addicted parents. Though they loved her, they were unable to care for her and Liz ended up living on the streets by the age of 15. Profoundly affected by her mother's AIDS-related death, Liz forced herself to look at her future and make some significant changes. Her prospects were dismal, yet she turned her life around by going back to high school. After earning her diploma in just two years, while still homeless, Liz won a New York Times scholarship for needy students, which enabled her to attend Harvard University.
Her story was made into a Lifetime Movie of the Week in 2003. It got nominated for three Emmys, including Outstanding Made for Television Movie.
Liz Murray's life (and movie) provides examples of:
- Added Alliterative Appeal: Homeless to Harvard!
- Based on a True Story: In case you didn't notice.
- Dude, Not Funny!: In universe: The class laughs at young!Liz when she says, "My mother calls me Elizabeth when she's going insane."
- Lifetime Movie of the Week: In case you didn't notice.
- Opening Monologue: And middle narration. And ending narration. It's so blatant, in fact, it's almost like they used the book as the script.
- Your Mom: The previous example has a bit of this, as Liz is constantly ridiculed for her drug-addicted mother.