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Award-winning American actress

  • Octavia Lenora Spencer was born May 25, 1972 at Montgomery, Alabama.
  • She is the sixth of seven children.
  • She won the Best Supporting Actress Award at the 84th Academy Awards for her role as Minny, the outspoken maid in the 2011 film, The Help.
  • She also won a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress, a BAFTA for Best Supporting Actress, and a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role.
  • Spencer graduated from Jefferson Davis High School in 1988, and received a bachelor's degree in Liberal Arts from Auburn University.
  • Her film debut as a nurse in Joel Schumacher's A Time to Kill based on the book by John Grisham.
  • She was originally hired to work on casting, but asked Schumacher if she could audition for a small part.
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