She’s well deserving of this one!
26 years ago, Octavia Spencer left Alabama to pursue an acting career in Los Angeles, making her film debut in the 1996 drama A Time to Kill. Since then, she’s been in numerous notable films, even stepping into the producer’s seat as executive producer of Green Book and the horror movie Ma. Spencer was a star in Hidden Figures as Dorothy Vaughn and in the Netflix series Self Made: Inspired by the Life of Madam C.J. Walker as Madam C.J. Walker. Now, she has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame that speaks for all of her hard work!
Spencer gave an emotional speech sending love to her colleagues in attendance, such as Viola Davis, Mekhi Phifer, and Julius Tennon. She thanked her longtime friends and guest speakers, Will Ferrell and Allison Janney. She also made sure to name the people who contributed to her success and supported her the most in career.
“To be forever cemented in the mythology of this city and the film industry is an amazing honor. It took me a minute to absorb the profundity of this moment. The culmination of my dreams realized, hard work rewarded after a fair but healthy amount of failure and rejection,” Spencer said.
She ended her speech by saying, “The people that I just named today, my village, they’re only a fraction of the people that guide me from behind the scenes. For me this isn’t a solitary achievement — for me it took my family, my tribe, my village. And I thank you.“
Congratulations, Ms. Spencer!
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