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Also Known As: Octavia L Spencer Died:
Born: May 25, 1972 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Montgomery, Alabama, USA Profession:

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Possessing the talent to make even the most minor of roles memorable, Octavia Spencer was a fixture for years on both the small and big screens in supporting roles that called for either a caring nurse or a mouthy blue-collar worker. After making her feature film debut in the crime drama "A Time to Kill" (1996), Spencer went on to appear on such popular programs as "Chicago Hope" (CBS, 1994-2000), "The X-Files" (Fox, 1993-2002), and the hit comedy "Ugly Betty" (ABC, 2006-2010). Spencer's perfect timing and natural sass also helped her land roles in feature comedies such as "Big Momma's House" (2000) and "Beauty Shop" (2005), as well as a breakout role on Comedy Central's "Halfway Home" (2007), appearing as a loudmouthed ex-con who is always picking fights with her housemates. After many years of paying her dues as background or supporting players, Spencer garnered much-deserved praise and an Oscar for her glowing performance in "The Help" (2011), based on Kathryn Stockett's best-selling novel of the same name. She was pitch-perfect as Minny Jackson, a determined and sharp-tongued maid who secretly helps an aspiring writer accurately chronicle the lives of African-American domestics in...

Possessing the talent to make even the most minor of roles memorable, Octavia Spencer was a fixture for years on both the small and big screens in supporting roles that called for either a caring nurse or a mouthy blue-collar worker. After making her feature film debut in the crime drama "A Time to Kill" (1996), Spencer went on to appear on such popular programs as "Chicago Hope" (CBS, 1994-2000), "The X-Files" (Fox, 1993-2002), and the hit comedy "Ugly Betty" (ABC, 2006-2010). Spencer's perfect timing and natural sass also helped her land roles in feature comedies such as "Big Momma's House" (2000) and "Beauty Shop" (2005), as well as a breakout role on Comedy Central's "Halfway Home" (2007), appearing as a loudmouthed ex-con who is always picking fights with her housemates. After many years of paying her dues as background or supporting players, Spencer garnered much-deserved praise and an Oscar for her glowing performance in "The Help" (2011), based on Kathryn Stockett's best-selling novel of the same name. She was pitch-perfect as Minny Jackson, a determined and sharp-tongued maid who secretly helps an aspiring writer accurately chronicle the lives of African-American domestics in racially-charged 1960s Mississippi. The high-profile role finally thrust Spencer's talents into the forefront, earning her recognition as a truly multifaceted actress.

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 Insurgent (2015)
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 Black and White (2014)
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 Snowpiercer (2014)
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 Paradise (2013)
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 Lost on Purpose (2013)
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1996:
Feature acting debut, playing a nurse "A Time to Kill" opposite Sandra Bullock and Matthew McConaughey
1998:
Reunited with "A Time To Kill" co-stars Bullock and McConaughey in the short film "Making Sandwiches," written and directed by Bullock
1998:
Made TV debut on UPN sitcom "Moesha"
1999:
Cast in a minor role in the romantic comedy "Never Been Kissed"
1999:
Played a nurse on "Chicago Hope" (CBS), "Roswell" (The WB, UPN), and "The X-Files" (Fox)
2002:
Landed a minor role in Sam Raimi directed action adventure "Spider-Man"
2003:
Made her stage debut in the Los Angeles production of "The Trials and Tribulations of a Trailer Trash Housewife"
2005:
Cast as an opinionated client who visits Queen Latifah's salon in the comedy "Beauty Shop"
2007:
Played an immigration agent obsessed with the title character's father on ABC's "Ugly Betty"
2009:
Reteamed with director Sam Raimi for the thriller "Drag Me to Hell"
2010:
Played one of the zany guests in "Dinner for Schmucks," starring Steve Carell and Paul Rudd
2011:
Breakthrough film role, playing the feisty and defiant maid Minny Jackson in "The Help"; author Kathryn Stockett had Spencer in mind for Minny when writing her best-selling novel
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Education

Auburn University: Auburn , Alabama -

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