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Octavia Spencer


Spencer is a native of Montgomery, Alabama, which she claims is the proverbial buckle of the Bible belt. She's the sixth of seven siblings and holds a BS in Liberal Arts from Auburn University. A "closet" lover of acting, this practical Alabamian knew that she'd someday work in the film industry, but never dreamed it would be in front of the ... See full bio »

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Won 1 Oscar. Another 30 wins & 44 nominations. See more awards »

Known For

The Help
The Help Minny Jackson
(2011)
Hidden Figures
Hidden Figures Dorothy Vaughan
(2016)
Being John Malkovich
Being John Malkovich Woman in Elevator
(1999)
Zootopia
Zootopia Mrs. Otterton
(2016)

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 2018 A Kid Like Jake (filming)
Judy
 2017 The Shape of Water (completed)
Zelda
 2017 Small Town Crime
Kelly Banks
 2017/I The Shack
Papa
 2016 Bad Santa 2
Opal
 2016 Zootopia
Mrs. Otterton (voice)
 2016 The Free World
Linda Workman
 2015 The Great Gilly Hopkins
Miss Harris
 2013/I Paradise
Loray
 2012 Smashed
Jenny
 2011 Flypaper
Madge
 2010 Dinner for Schmucks
Madame Nora - Pet Psychic
 2009 Just Peck
Detention Teacher
 2009 The Soloist
Troubled Woman
 2009 Jesus People: The Movie
Angel Angelique
 2009 Drag Me to Hell
Bank Co-Worker
 2008/I Next of Kin
Grace
 2008 Seven Pounds
Kate (Home Health Care Nurse)
 2008 Pretty Ugly People
Mary
 2007 The Nines
Streetwalker / Pedestrian
 2006/I Pulse
Landlady (as Octavia L. Spencer)
 2005 Beauty Shop
Big Customer
 2005 Pretty Persuasion
Woman
 2005 Coach Carter
Mrs. Battle
 2004 Breakin' All the Rules
Stylist (as Octavia L. Spencer)
 2003 Bad Santa
Opal (as Octavia L. Spencer)
 2003 S.W.A.T.
Neighbor in Alley (as Octavia L. Spencer)
 2003 Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde
Security Guard (as Octavia L. Spencer)
 2003 Sol Goode
Unemployment Clerk (as Octavia L. Spencer)
 2002 Spider-Man
Check-In Girl
 2001 The Journeyman
Black Belly (as Octavia Spenser)
 2000 Four Dogs Playing Poker
Waitress (as Octavia L. Spencer)
 2000 Big Momma's House
Twila (as Octavia L. Spencer)
 2000 What Planet Are You From?
Baby Nurse (as Octavia L. Spencer)
 2000 Everything Put Together
Nurse B (as Octavia L. Spencer)
 1999 Blue Streak
Shawna (as Octavia L. Spencer)
 1999 Being John Malkovich
Woman in Elevator (as Octavia L. Spencer)
 1999 Never Been Kissed
Cynthia (as Octavia L. Spencer)
 1999 The Sky Is Falling
Nurse #2
 1997 Sparkler
Wanda
 1997 The Sixth Man
Nativity Watson (as Octavia L. Spencer)
 1996 A Time to Kill
Roark's Nurse
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Personal Details

Other Works:

TV commercial for the "Sensa" weight-loss system. See more »

Publicity Listings:

6 Interviews | 6 Articles | 3 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »

Alternate Names:

Octavia L. Spencer | Octavia Spenser

Height:

5' 2" (1.57 m)
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Personal Quote:

Meeting Oprah Winfrey, I cried like a baby. Meeting Steven Spielberg, I cried like a baby. Meeting Denzel Washington, I gushed like a crazy woman. See more »

Trivia:

In 2017, Spencer became the first Black Actress to be nominated for an Academy Award after having already won one. She was nominated for Best Supporting Actress for a second time in 2017. See more »

Trademark:

Her gap-toothed smile.

Star Sign:

Gemini

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