Octavia Spencer was born on May 25, 1972, in Montgomery, Alabama, the United States. Her mother, Dellsena Spencer (1945-1988), worked as a maid. Her father died when she was thirteen. She's the sixth of seven siblings. Growing up as the second youngest of seven children, Octavia Spencer didn't think that she would become an actress. While interested in performing, she was encouraged by her mother to do something more practical.