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Oprah Winfrey Set to Star in New Movie on “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks”



NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 20: Oprah Winfrey attends the premiere of 'Greenleaf' at Borough of Manhattan Community College during the 2016 TriBeCa Film Festival on April 20, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Hill/Getty Images)

Media Mogul & Actress, Oprah Winfrey has signed on to star in the HBO Films adaptation of Rebecca Skloot‘s best-selling biography- ‘The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks’.

The book tells the life of Henrietta Lacks, an African-American woman whose cancerous cells were used to create the first immortal human cell line (HeLa).

Henrietta Lacks was a black woman suffering from cervical cancer who passed in the early ’50s. After her death, doctors, unbeknownst to her family, used her cancer cells for research. Those studies eventually led to several medical advances, including the polio vaccine.

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

Unethical as it was, the doctors never had permission to use or later clone Lacks’ cells and her family only found out years later.

Henrietta Lacks’ sons David Lacks Jr. and Zakariyya Rahman and granddaughter Jeri Lacks are consultants on the project and filming will begin in summer.

Credit: Medium


  1. Frank teacher

    May 3, 2016 at 1:39 pm


  2. Ortis

    May 3, 2016 at 1:43 pm

    It’s her business,She’s a white apologist,that insulted Nigeria,she literally called Nigeria a land of criminals,knowing fully well that in all society,there are both good and bad people,over one million African Americans are in prison in the US.With that you can’t call all her people criminals.#Ewu

    • Truth

      May 3, 2016 at 2:48 pm

      She apologized for her statement and that was years ago, move on. Note that this post is not necessarily about Oprah but about the extra ordinary cell of Henrietta Lacks (someone I’ve never heard of until now) and how they were taken without permission.

  3. Tina

    May 3, 2016 at 1:48 pm

    Love love the book

  4. Teni

    May 3, 2016 at 3:56 pm

    It’s quite a story. I’m glad it’s being made into a film.

  5. Ortis

    May 3, 2016 at 6:22 pm

    @ Truth,some apologies don’t necessarily correct the damage that was done.People that are suppose to know and act mischievous should not be allowed off easily,the stereotype persist still,you need to watch YouTube and see the ABC news documentary about Nigeria,it was partly influenced by Her.

  6. Ortis

    May 3, 2016 at 6:25 pm

    Thats why I said anything she those remains Her business,because Her hello those not mean anything to Nigeria,we should not promote her here.

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