Lenda Murray

Born Feb 22, 1962

Lenda Murray is a champion female bodybuilder from the United States. She is an eight-time winner of the Ms. Olympia title, the highest achievement in professional female bodybuilding.

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1962 Birth Murray was born in 1962 in Detroit, Michigan, the daughter of Darcelious and Louvelle Murray. … Read More


1982 20 Years Old While at Western Michigan, she continued to cheerlead, and became the second African American to be chosen as the university’s homecoming queen in 1982. … Read More
1984 22 Years Old In 1984, she joined a gym, the Powerhouse Gym, in Highland Park, Michigan. … Read More
1985 23 Years Old After about a year of training to just stay in shape, she decided to compete in the 1985 Ms. Michigan Championships. … Read More
1989 27 Years Old In 1989, she earned her professional status at the IFBB North American Championships.
1990 28 Years Old Murray soon became a regular presence in bodybuilding magazines and a favorite subject of photographer Bill Dobbins who focused extensively on her in his books The Women and Modern Amazons. At the 1990 Ms. Olympia, Murray succeeded six-time champion Cory Everson and defeated Bev Francis to become the Ms. Olympia champion, a title Murray would hold for from 1990 to 1996. … Read More
1991 29 Years Old At the 1991 Ms. Olympia, Murray won the slimmest margin of victory for any Ms. Olympia, edging out Bev Francis by a final score of 31 to 32.


1992 30 Years Old Afterwords she would go on to win the Ms. Olympia competition in 1992, 1993, 1994, and 1995.
1994 32 Years Old At a 1994 guest appearance at the Mr. Universe competition, Murray meet her future husband, Urel McGill.
1996 34 Years Old Murray lost the Ms. Olympia title to Kim Chizevsky-Nicholls in 1996, and went into retirement after finishing second to Chizevsky-Nicholls again in December 1997.


2002 40 Years Old However, after four years of retirement she returned to the Ms. Olympia stage, and won two more Ms. Olympia titles in 2002 and 2003. … Read More
2003 41 Years Old Murray has won eight overall Ms. Olympia titles and has two professional wins in her weight class. She is the second most successful female bodybuilder ever, second only to Iris Kyle. From February 28, 2003 to May 31, 2003, she ranked 1st on the IFBB Women's Bodybuilding Professional Ranking List. … Read More
2010 48 Years Old In 2010, Murray was inducted into the IFBB Hall of Fame.
2011 49 Years Old In March 2011, she become a member of the National Fitness Hall of Fame and received the award from Arnold Schwarzenegger. … Read More
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