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Academy Award-winning actress, Octavia Spencer, spoke to a full house during the annual Methodist Healthcare Cancer Center Luncheon held November 28 at the Peabody Hotel. She spoke about the people who inspired her, her family, and how she identifies with the characters she has played.
After hearing from the leaders at the West Cancer Center and an inspiring survival story, Spencer decided to donate her speaking fee to the Methodist Healthcare Foundation to benefit The West Institute for Cancer Research.
Spencer has become a familiar fixture on both television and the silver screen. Her critically acclaimed performance as Minny in DreamWork’s feature film The Help won her the 2012 Academy Award, BAFTA Award, Golden Globe Award, SAG Award and Broadcast Film Critic’s Choice Award, among numerous other accolades.
Spencer has also starred in the highly-acclaimed film Hidden Figures, which tells the true story of several African-American women who provide NASA with critical information needed to launch the program’s early successful space missions. Her performance as Dorothy Vaughan has earned her SAG nomination, Golden Globe nomination and NAACP Image Award nominations to date.
She has a new movie, The Shape of Water, which will hit the big screen in early December.
Her additional film credits include Gifted, The Divergent Series, Zootopia, Fathers and Daughters, Black or White, Get on Up, Fruitvale Station and many more. Spencer has also guest starred on numerous television series including Mom, The Big Bang Theory, 30 Rock, Ugly Betty, CSI and more. Among her many other professional achievements, Spencer has also co-authored an interactive mystery series for children called Randi Rhodes, Ninja Detective.
Proceeds from the Methodist Healthcare Foundation Cancer Center Luncheon benefit The West Institute for Cancer Research, Methodist Healthcare’s affiliated cancer provider in Memphis, Tennessee.