Michael Jerome Williams, Jr. was born on May 28th, 1986, in Memphis, Tennessee. He was one of 12 kids. Neither of his parents supported him growing up. His father was in and out of prison and his mother was addicted to crack cocaine. Michael was always going to the foster home. He came from an extremely poor community. While Michael was in high school, his father was murdered. Michael went to 11 different schools in 9 years. When Michael was 17, he was adopted by Sean and Leigh Ann Tuohy. In Michael's junior year, he began to succeed in football. Michael was offered many Division-1 scholarships. Michael Oher ended up going to University of Mississippi. Michael ended up playing in the NFL.
Denise Oher is Michael's biological mother. Michael grew up with her. She was always leaving to get drugs though. Every so often she would leave for a few days without notice. She would lock the house and leave no food. She had 12 kids. She wasn't able to support her kids, so eventually all of her kids ended up in different foster homes. Denise was said to be a very nice woman when she was clean from drugs. She loved her kids and tried to help them, but she couldn't.
Sean first found out about Michael when his daughter, Collins, told him about the new kid in her class. Sean first saw Michael when he went to a basketball practice. Sean Tuohy found out that Michael wasn't eating at school because he didn't have any money, so he paid for him. Sean was a graduate of Ole Miss, where Michael eventually went to college.
Leigh Anne Tuohy
Leigh Anne is Sean's wife and she is an interior designer. She also graduated from Ole Miss. Michael first met Leigh Anne when he was walking to the gym to sleep. The Tuohy's were driving by and told him it was closed. Not too long after that, Leigh Anne took Michael shopping for new clothes. That was the first time they really bonded. Later, Leigh Anne invited Michael to stay at their house for a night. As time went on, Michael ended up staying permanently.