Father: Amasa Coleman Lee, attorney and member of the Alabama State Legislature
Mother: Frances (Finch) Lee
Education: Attended Huntingdon College, 1944-1945; University of Alabama, 1945-1949; also a study-abroad program at Oxford University in England.
Harper Lee's hometown of Monroeville, Alabama, was the inspiration for Maycomb
, the fictional town where "To Kill a Mockingbird" took place in the 1930s.
Lee's father, A. C. Lee, was the basis for the small-town attorney and father, Atticus Finch, in "To Kill a Mockingbird."
Lee has been described as extremely private. In early 2015, both Lee's literary agent and publisher said she hasn't spoken to the press since 1964.
Was childhood friends with author Truman Capote, who some say was the inspiration for the neighbor, Dill, in "Mockingbird."
She is reportedly named after her grandmother, Ellen - spelled backwards is Nelle.
1950s - Moves to New York, and works as a reservations clerk at Eastern Airlines and British Overseas Airways.
1956 - Friends impressed with Lee's writing abilities give her money to support herself for a year. She leaves her job at the airline to concentrate full-time on writing.