Octavia Spencer
American actor
Octavia Spencer
Octavia Lenora Spencer (born May 25,1972 is an American actress. She is best known for her role as Minny, the outspoken maid in the 2011 film, The Help, for which she received an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, 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.
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'Hidden Figures' And The Diversity Conversation We Aren't Having
Huffington Post - about 5 hours
Of the nine films competing for the Best Picture award at this Sunday’s Oscars, three have predominantly black leading casts ― “Fences,” “Moonlight,” and “Hidden Figures.” But only one, “Hidden Figures,” has a white director ― a fact that was deemed largely irrelevant up until last month, when it emerged that the film may have engaged in some “whitewashing” of history.  Before we get into this, here are a few things to know about “Hidden Figures,” if you haven’t seen it yet. It is a genuinely wonderful movie. It tells the important, nearly forgotten story of the history-making contributions black female mathematicians and engineers made to the NASA space program. It features stellar, award-worthy performances from three of our great black actresses (Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, and Janelle Monae). It’s inspiring countless young girls and people of color to take an interest in STEM.  And yes, it has a white savior scene.  The scene comes after mathematician Katherine Jo ...
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'Hidden Figures' Director On Taraji P. Henson Snub: 'It's Disappointing'
Huffington Post - 3 days
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Octavia Spencer in the Spotlight
Wall Street Journal - 5 days
The Oscar-nominated actress discusses her role in the film “Hidden Figures,” diversity at the Academy Awards and why she’s been cast as a nurse 16 times.
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Octavia Spencer proud to show that everyone has something to contribute with 'Hidden Figures'
LATimes - 9 days
Octavia Spencer’s penchant for playing strong, charismatic women has blessed her with numerous awards — and her second Oscar nomination for supporting actress for her role as mathematician and spunky NASA supervisor Dorothy Vaughan in the feel-good historical drama “Hidden Figures.” (She won the...
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12 Baby Names Inspired By Black Stars Who Are Making History
Huffington Post - 13 days
In our previous salutes to Black History Month, we’ve looked back to activists, pop culture icons and other barrier breakers of the past. Today, we’re focusing on the present ― the history that’s being made right now with this year’s increased numbers of nominees and winners of various screen awards. Many more people of color made the lists this year than in years past, and these include not just actors, but also directors, producers, writers and musicians. Here are some of the more outstanding names for baby name inspiration. August August Wilson ― the late Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, born Frederick August Kittel, Jr. ― wrote both the play and screenplay for “Fences,” which won him a posthumous Oscar nom. August is by far the most popular month name for boys, now at number 195, and a celebrity favorite.  Ava Ava DuVernay has won several past awards and is the first black woman nominated for an Oscar for Best Documentary Feature, for her film “13th.”  The na ...
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Octavia Spencer knows what she's 'destined' to do
Fox News - 16 days
In a sit down with Gloria Steinem at the 5th annual Makers Conference Oscar-nominated actress Octavia Spencer said her most terrifying role in Hollywood is on its way.
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'Hidden Figures' star Octavia Spencer's next gig is her most 'terrifying' role yet
CNN - 17 days
"Hidden Figures" showcases the contributions of three women who were largely forgotten by history. And the movie's Oscar-nominated star Octavia Spencer is out to find some hidden figures of her own -- but this time as a producer.
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Audi Uses Super Bowl Ad To Tackle The Gender Pay Gap
Huffington Post - 18 days
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Gloria Steinem, Octavia Spencer to anchor MAKERS women's empowerment conference
LATimes - 20 days
Fresh on the heels of last month’s women’s marches, MAKERS, AOL's storytelling platform for women's empowerment, will kick off its third conference series on Monday with a bevy of stars at the peak of their powers.  Activist Gloria Steinem and Oscar-winning actress Octavia Spencer (“Hidden Figures”) will...
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Viola Davis Wins SAG Award, Thanks 'Fences' Author For Elevating Black Narrative
Huffington Post - 25 days
Viola Davis took home the Screen Actors Guild Award on Sunday for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role for her stunning work in “Fences,” but not before she delivered a few powerful words onstage.  Davis, whose portrayal of Rose Maxson in the film has earned her an Oscar nomination and a Golden Globe Award, made sure to take a moment to thank August Wilson, the black playwright who wrote “Fences.” In doing so, she praised him for placing a man of color at the center of the narrative, making sure his story was told.  Viola Davis thanks August Wilson: “he honored the average man, who happened to be a man of color” #SAGawards pic.twitter.com/tjcVsPtGTd — Hollywood Reporter (@THR) January 30, 2017 “What August did so beautifully is he honored the average man who happened to be a man of color,” Davis said. “Sometimes we don’t have to shake the world and move the world and create anything that is going to be in the history book. The fact t ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Octavia Spencer
    FORTIES
  • 2015
    Age 42
    Spencer co-starred alongside Kevin Costner in drama film Black or White (2014) and co-starred as Johanna Reyes in the second installment of the Divergent series, The Divergent Series: Insurgent, which was released on 20 March 2015.
    More Details Hide Details She reprised the role in The Divergent Series: Allegiant (2016). She voiced an otter, Mrs. Otterton, in Disney's Zootopia, which marks her first animated film.
  • 2014
    Age 41
    From September 2014 until February 2015, she starred in Steven Spielberg's Fox drama television series Red Band Society.
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  • 2013
    Age 40
    In September 2013, it was announced that she would reunite with The Help director Tate Taylor in the biopic on singer James Brown Get On Up opposite her The Help co-star Viola Davis.
    More Details Hide Details The film was released in 2014.
    In 2013, she appeared alongside Michael B. Jordan in Fruitvale Station, a film chronicling the last day of Oscar Grant, who was killed at a Bay Area Rapid Transit station in 2009.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 2012
    Age 39
    In June 2012, Spencer was invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
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    On February 12, 2012, she won a BAFTA for Best Supporting Actress for her Performance in The Help, and on February 26 she won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for the same performance; making it her first Oscar nomination and first win.
    More Details Hide Details Spencer was so thrilled to win that she could hardly speak at the ceremony and was given a standing ovation and was moved to tears during her acceptance speech.
    She won the 2012 Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture for her work in The Help.
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  • 2010
    Age 37
    In August 2010, Spencer joined Viola Davis, Emma Stone and Bryce Dallas Howard in Touchstone and DreamWorks' production of The Help, in which she played the feisty and unflappable domestic Minny Jackson.
    More Details Hide Details The film was written, produced and directed by Tate Taylor, and produced by Brunson Green, Chris Columbus, Michael Barnathan, and Mark Radcliffe. Her role garnered her critical acclaim, and started talk of various awards nominations.
  • 2009
    Age 36
    In August 2009, Spencer appeared in Rob Zombie's Halloween II.
    More Details Hide Details She also had a role in the American remake of the Danish classic Love at First Hiccup opposite Scout Taylor-Compton. Spencer starred in the hit web series-turned feature film Herpes Boy alongside Beth Grant, Ahna O'Reilly and Byron Lane; and, can be heard as the voice of "Minny" on the audio version of The Help, the "New York Times Best Seller" by Kathryn Stockett. Later that year, Spencer's short film The Captain was honored by the CICFF as a finalist for the coveted REEL Poetry Award.
    In April 2009, Entertainment Weekly listed Spencer in its list of 25 Funniest Actresses in Hollywood.
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  • 2008
    Age 35
    In 2008, Spencer's brief appearance in Seven Pounds as Kate, Rosario Dawson's home care nurse, garnered her high praise and media attention.
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  • 2003
    Age 30
    In 2003, she made her stage debut in Los Angeles, in Del Shores' play, The Trials and Tribulations of a Trailer Trash Housewife, starring opposite veteran actress Beth Grant.
    More Details Hide Details It was her first and only play, as she told Back Stage Magazine that she suffers from "stage fright." Later that year, she starred opposite Allison Janney in Tate Taylor's critically lauded short feature Chicken Party.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1988
    Age 15
    Spencer graduated from Jefferson Davis High School in 1988, spent two years at Auburn Montgomery studying drama (1988–1989), and received a bachelor's degree in Liberal Arts from Auburn University.
    More Details Hide Details At nineteen, she worked as an intern on the set of The Long Walk Home, a film starring Whoopi Goldberg. Spencer made 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. Other film credits include: Never Been Kissed, Big Momma's House, Bad Santa, Spider-Man, Coach Carter, Win a Date with Tad Hamilton! and Pretty Ugly People. She has made a number of guest appearances on television series including Raising the Bar, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, The Big Bang Theory, Wizards of Waverly Place, Grounded for Life, ER, Titus, Becker, 30 Rock and Dharma & Greg, plus a recurring role on Mom. She is best known for her starring roles as Serenity Johnson on Comedy Central's Halfway Home, and Constance Grady, the amorous INS caseworker on Ugly Betty.
  • OTHER
  • 1970
    Age -3
    Born on May 25, 1970.
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