College of Liberal Arts alumna
Actress and Montgomery native Octavia Spencer is the sixth of seven siblings with a passion for the film industry. After graduating from Jefferson Davis High School in 1988, she attended Auburn and earned a bachelor's degree in liberal arts in 1994. She began her professional acting career in 1996, portraying a nurse in the movie "A Time to Kill," but is best known for her recent role as Minny Jackson in the 2011 film "The Help." Her role as Minny won her many accolades including an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, as well as a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress and a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role. On March 21, Spencer traveled to Montgomery where Gov. Robert Bentley declared it "Octavia Spencer Day in Alabama" as she received the key to her hometown from Mayor Todd Strange.