Octavia Spencer is a multi-talented award-winning American actress and author. She rose to fame after she appeared in the movie titled The Help which earned her an academy award in 2011. She has been a consistent figure in the American film industry and has featured in so many high profile movies.
Based on her brilliant roles in movies and reality television series, Spencer has gained wide recognition. For the records, she is one of the two black women that have received three academy award nominations and the first black to receive two nominations.
Aside from acting, Octavia is also an acclaimed author and has written many books including The Case of the Time Capsule Bandit and The Sweetest Heist in History.
Octavia Spencer’s Bio
The iconic actress Octavia Lenora Spencer was born in Montgomery, Alabama in the United States on May 25, 1970. She was the second to the last of seven children born to her parents. She was raised by her mother Dellsena Spencer who worked as a maid and her father passed on when she was thirteen years old.
While she was growing up, Octavia attended Jefferson Davis High School and after her graduation in 1988, she enrolled at Auburn University where she obtained her bachelor’s degree in Liberal Art.
After her graduation from the university, Octavia Spencer started her acting career when she worked as an intern on the set of the movie titled The Long Walk Home. The film starred famous actress Whoopi Goldberg and was released in 1996.
Spencer relocated to Los Angeles following the advice she got from her friend Tate Taylor, the director of The Help. She got small roles in movies including A Time to Kill, Never Been Kissed Before, Coach Carter, and Spider Man. In 2003, Octavia made her first stage appearance in The Trials and Tribulations of a Trailer Trashed Housewife.
In 2008, Spencer was featured in a movie titled Seven Pounds and for her funny and witty performance, she was listed among the 25 Funniest Actresses in Hollywood by Entertainment Weekly. In 2010, the multi-talented actress starred alongside Viola Davis, Bryce Dallas and Emma Stone in the movie adaptation of the novel, The Help.
In 2012, her excellent role in The Help earned her the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress Category and BAFTA Award for the same category. She equally won the Academy Award for the same role and was later invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science in June 2012.
Furthermore, the star actress continued in her triumph as she featured in several other movies including Fruitvale Station which was released in 2013, Red Band Society in 2014, The Divergent Series from 2015 to 2016, she was the voice actor for Mrs. Otterton in Zootopia, Hidden Figures in 2016, Guillermo Del Toro’s The Shape of Water in 2017 and lots more.
The Oscar award-winning actress used to be short, cute and a very chubby. She has always dealt with the issue of excessive weight gain in the past and after she received the Best Supporting Actress Oscar award in 2012, she worked extra hard to trim down.
Though it was a very big challenge for her, in the end, the actress was able to lose 20 pounds and since then, she has been able to maintain her new weight of 68 kg. Spencer further revealed that she was able to succeed in her weight loss using a device called Sensa – the device helps to detect and suppress appetites in order to enhance weight loss.
After her weight loss, she became the new spokesperson for the weight loss device production company Sensa.
Personal Life: Boyfriend, Married, Husband
Talking about her personal life, there are a few celebrities who have succeeded in striking a balance between their career and personal life but for Octavia, the case is different. While there are other personalities who are enjoying happily married life with a successful career, Octavia chooses awards and recognition over having a family of her own.
According to Dailymail, the special little man she ever had in her life is her Oscar awards and she is satisfied with her decision not to marry or have a child of her own. The reasons behind her decision are best known to her, though there are rumours that she was linked with Josh Hopkins and Tate Taylor but they were mere speculations and can’t be proven.
The gorgeous star actress is always seen alone in public events and functions. Apparently, she doesn’t have any boyfriend, no kids, and she is not married at the moment.
Octavia Spencer’s Net Worth
The amazing actress is an icon in the American entertainment industry and she has had a successful career. Spencer has earned several awards since the inception of her movie career and has made a lot of wealth from reality television series and movies.
Octavia Spencer has a total net worth of $12 million. She reportedly earns a salary of $75 thousand for each episode of reality television series. Spencer is also active on social media platforms including Twitter and Instagram.
Quick Facts about Octavia Spencer
Birth name: Octavia Lenora Spencer
Date of birth: May 25, 1970
Birth City: Montgomery, Alabama, United States
Birth sign: Gemini
Education: Auburn University
Profession: Actress, Author
Height: 5 feet 2 inches (1.57 m)
Weight: 68 kg
Body Measurements: 37-27-35 inches
Marital Status: Single
Net Worth: $12 million