December 27, 2011 7:03 PM

Success shines on actress Octavia Spencer of ‘The Help’

After 15 years as “a rank-and-file actor,” Octavia Spencer is stepping into Hollywood’s gilded spotlight. The 39-year-old actress was nominated for a Screen Actors Guild Award and a Golden Globe for her turn as sassy maid Minny Jackson in “The Help.” “It is overwhelming and wonderful,” she says.

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