Leigh Anne Tuohy

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Leigh Anne Tuohy (née Roberts) is an American interior designer. She is best known for being featured in Michael Lewis' 2006 book, The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game, and its 2009 feature film adaptation The Blind Side. In the film, Tuohy was portrayed by actress Sandra Bullock, who won the Academy Award for Best Actress for the performance.


Early life

Tuohy's father was a U.S. Marshal.[1] She graduated from Briarcrest Christian School in Memphis, Tennessee. In the early 1980s, she graduated from University of Mississippi, where she became a member of Kappa Delta Sorority, cheerleader,[2] and also met her future husband, Sean Tuohy, a basketball star for the Ole Miss Rebels.[3]


Tuohy and her husband own over 85 fast food franchises, including those of Taco Bell, Kentucky Fried Chicken, Pizza Hut, and Long John Silver's.[4]

Tuohy is also an interior designer. In 2010, she was named one of three new design team members for ABC's Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, along with former The Bachelorette star Jillian Harris and rapper/actor/TV host Xzibit.[5]

Tuohy and her husband are also the co-authors of the book, In a Heartbeat: Sharing the Power of Cheerful Giving, which was released in 2010.[6]

Personal life

Tuohy married her husband Sean Tuohy in the mid-1980s. They have three children: son Michael Oher (adopted), a former Ole Miss Rebels football player and Baltimore Ravens first-round draft selection and starting offensive tackle,[7][8] daughter Collins Tuohy, who was a state champion at the pole vault, and son Sean Tuohy Jr.[9] Tuohy and her husband live in Memphis, Tennessee.

Tuohy gave the commencement address at Christian Brothers University on May 14, 2010. She also received an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from the university during its commencement ceremony for her commitment to the less fortunate and her ongoing quest to recruit others to make a difference.[10]


  1. ^ de Bertodano, Helena (2010-03-05). "Oscars 2010: Leigh Anne Tuohy interview". London: The Telegraph. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/film/oscars/7375761/Oscars-2010-Leigh-Anne-Tuohy-interview.html. Retrieved April 20, 2011.
  2. ^ http://sports.rightpundits.com/?p=3714
  3. ^ Lewis, Michael (2007). The Blind Side. New York, N.Y.: W.W. Norton & Company, Inc.. p. 62. ISBN 978-0-393-33047-2.
  4. ^ Ashby, Andy (2007-07-01). "RGT Management plans to aggressively grow new chain in its portfolio". Memphis Business Journal. http://memphis.bizjournals.com/memphis/stories/2007/07/02/story9.html. Retrieved 27 August 2009.
  5. ^ "ABC Medianet". ABC Medianet. http://www.abcmedianet.com/web/showpage/showpage.aspx?program_id=002579&type=lead. Retrieved 2010-11-13.
  6. ^ "'In a Heartbeat' highlights the bright side of the Tuohys". Baltimore Sun. http://articles.baltimoresun.com/2010-07-16/entertainment/bs-ae-tuohys-heartbeat-20100715_1_sean-tuohy-michael-oher-heartbeat. Retrieved April 15, 2011.
  7. ^ Lewis, Michael (September 24, 2006), "The Ballad of Big Mike", New York Times Magazine, http://www.nytimes.com/2006/09/24/magazine/24football.html
  8. ^ "People | Depth Chart". Baltimore Ravens. http://www.baltimoreravens.com/People/Player_Roster/Depth_Chart.aspx. Retrieved 2010-11-13.
  9. ^ Meet the Grizzlies Broadcast Team at NBA.com. Retrieved August 23, 2009.
  10. ^ "Leigh Anne Tuohy to Deliver CBU Commencement Address". CBU.edu. 2010-04-08. http://www.cbu.edu/cbu/AboutCBU/NewsatCBU/NewsReleaseArchive/2010Releases/2010Commencement/index.htm. Retrieved 2010-07-02.