Octavia Spencer

  1. Retta, Parks and Recreation, TV, 2009-2014.    The busy Alabamian (105 screen roles in 20 years) tested as Donna Meagle in The Office-style mockumentary success starring Saturday Night Live’s Amy Poehler. Retta was a New Jersey actress and stand-up.
  2. Allison Janney, Mr Peabody & Sherman, 2013.  Spencexr, Lanie Kazan, Rosie O’Donnell and  Bernadette Peters were heard for voicing a bigot named Edwina Grunion in the toon about Mr P, the most amazing dog in history:  inventor, scientist, Noble laureate, gourmet chef, business tycoon, double Olympic gold medalist. With its own time machine. Plus an adopted human son!
  3. Viola Davis, Suicide Squad2015.   After 15 possible Harley Quinns and 20 Deadshots, director David Ayer had a very shortlist – four names! –  for Amanda Waller:   Davis, Spencer, Kerry Washington and Oprah Winfrey, no less.  

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