- Had aspirations of pursuing a career in film production.
- Big-screen debut was in the 1996 drama A Time to Kill.
- Coauthored children's mystery book The Rock Holler Gang: Jr. Detectives in 2002.
- In 2003, made stage debut in the Los Angeles production of The Trials and Tribulations of a Trailer Trash Housewife.
- Included on Entertainment Weekly's 2009 list of 25 Funniest Actresses in Hollywood.
- Went on a 2009 book tour with the author of The Help and gave voice to the black characters in the tome. A few months later, she was cast as Minny Jackson in the film adaptation of the novel.
- 2011, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role: Winner
- 2011, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role: Winner
- 2012, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Supporting Actress: Winner
- 2012, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: Winner
- 2011, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: Winner
- 2012, Critics' Choice Movie Awards — Best Supporting Actress: Winner
- Auburn University, Auburn, AL (BS in Liberal Arts, 1994)
- Birth Name: Octavia Lenora Spencer
- Birth Place: Montgomery, AL
- Profession: Actor
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