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Octavia Spencer Shares How Losing Her Mother Inspired Her Career

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Many actresses draw inspiration from the people, places and things that greatly impacted their lives. Octavia Spencer is no different in the source for her passion on screen. Although Octavia Spencer lost her mother at the young age of 18 yet continuously draws from her wise words. During an interview with PEOPLE, Spencer shared how her late mother instilled in her the values needed to succeed.

Spencer’s mother Dellsena worked cleaning and other odd jobs to provide for her seven children as a single mother. Although circumstances may not have been ideal, Dellsena made sure to protect and provide for her children, allowing them to explore and dream big. Her strength is one thing Spencer distinctively notes.

“I had a very strong mom who made me and my sisters understand that there were no limitations on our lives except what we placed on ourselves,” Spencer says.

“She taught us to see people as people. All people. Taught us to understand our place in the world. And our place in the world is, if you want to be a leader, you can be that. There was no glass ceiling until I got into the real world and realized there are glass ceilings everywhere.”

The principles instilled by her mother are what prepared Spenceer to achieve in Hollywood today.




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