This Academy Award-winning actress is set to star in NBC's upcoming reboot
of the crime series Murder, She Wrote
and recently appeared
on the CBS comedy series Mom
. Here are five things you may not know about Octavia Spencer.
1. Born Octavia Lenora Spencer on May 25, 1970 in Montgomery, AL -- she's the sixth of seven children.
2. Holds a BS degree in Liberal Arts from Auburn University.
3. Made her film debut portraying a nurse in the 1996 thriller A Time to Kill.
She was originally hired to work in the casting department, but was
later allowed by director Joel Schumacher to audition for a role.
4. Wrote a book for middle-grade readers called Randi Rhodes, Ninja Detective: The Case of the Time-Capsule Bandit.
5. Debuted in 2003 in the Los Angeles production of The Trials and Tribulations of a Trailer Trash Housewife.