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Auburn Liberal Arts Alumna :: Octavia Spencer as Minny in "The Help"

This looks like an amazing film.  Watching Facebook this evening, we discovered this film from alumna Rebecca Simon.  "Just found out that Octavia Spencer, the actress that plays 'Minny Jackson' in the movie, 'The Help,' is from Montgomery and went to Auburn.


Too cool...can't wait to see the movie on Wednesday and support not only a Montgomery local, but also a fellow Auburn fan and alum!! WDE!!," writes Simon.


The movie opens tomorrrow (Wednesday). Check your theater for times via moviefone.


Links to the movie's trailers are below.  Watch them.  You'll want to go see this film.  Looks terrific!


The Hollywood Reporter writes, "Where The Help succeeds magnificently though is in character portraits by actresses Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer. They play maids who agree to tell their stories to a young white journalist, “Skeeter” Phelan (Emma Stone), who means to write a book to demonstrate that racism doesn’t just mean denial of education and voting rights." (Source)


"Spencer is a native of Montgomery, Alabama; which, she claims is the proverbial buckle of the Bible belt. She's the sixth of seven siblings and holds a BS in Liberal Arts from Auburn University.


A 'closet' lover of acting, this practical Alabamian knew that she'd someday work in the film industry, but never dreamed it would be in front of the camera.


In 1995, acclaimed director Joel Schumacher changed all that by giving her a small part opposite Sandra Bullock in the hit film A Time to Kill, and Spencer was on her way.


In 1996, she teamed up with Bullock again in Bullock's directorial debut of Making Sandwiches, a short film that premiered at the 1997 Sundance Film Festival." (Source)

Watch the trailers at IMDB: Trailer #1 | Trailer #2

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Comment by Rebecca Simon on August 9, 2011 at 10:24am
This truly is a great story about empowerment and the people who spoke up for those who couldn't! I recommend reading the book before seeing the movie!  The book was pure candy for my heart!

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