awards & nominations

Homeless to Harvard: The Liz Murray Story (2003)

Thora Birch as "Liz Murray"

Living on the streets, a teenager (Thora Birch) returns to high school, earns her diploma and gets a college scholarship.

Emmy (Primetime) (2003)NominatedOutstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie

Ghost World (2001)

Thora Birch as "Enid"

The story of neo-cool Enid (Thora Birch) and Rebecca (Scarlett Johansson) who, faced with graduation from high school, take a hard look at the world they wryly observe and decide what they really want. When Enid takes an interest in the offbeat Seymour (Steve Buscemi) and Rebecca focuses her attention on their mutual romantic fixation Josh (Brad Renfro), the girls' friendship is forever changed.

Golden Globe (2001)NominatedBest Performance By an Actress in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical

American Beauty (1999)

Thora Birch as "Jane Burnham"

Lester Burnham (Kevin Spacey) is a gainfully employed suburban husband and father. Fed up with his boring, stagnant existence, he quits his job and decides to reinvent himself as a pot-smoking, responsibility-shirking teenager. What follows is at once cynical, hysterical, and, eventually, tragically uplifting.

British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1999)NominatedActress in a Supporting Role
Screen Actors Guild Awards (1999)WonOutstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture