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Immortal Life Of Henrietta Lacks, The (HBO 22 Apr 2017, Oprah Winfrey)

The Immortal Life Of Henrietta Lacks

Oprah Winfrey stars in The Immortal Life Of Henrietta Lacks, an adaptation of Rebecca Skloot’s critically acclaimed, bestselling nonfiction book of the same name. The film tells the story of Henrietta Lacks, an African-American woman whose cells were used to create the first immortal human cell line.

Told through the eyes of her daughter, Deborah Lacks (Winfrey), the film chronicles her search to learn about the mother she never knew and understand how the unauthorized harvesting of Lacks’ cancerous cells in 1951 led to unprecedented medical breakthroughs, changing countless lives and the face of medicine forever.

cast
Oprah Winfrey as Deborah Lacks
Adriane Lenox as Barbara
Byron Jennings as Dr. Victor McKusick
Courtney B. Vance as Sir Lord Keenan Kester Cofield
Gabriel Ebert as Dr. Christoph Lengauer
John Beasley as Cliff
John Benjamin Hickey as Bill Watson
John Douglas Thompson as Lawrence
Kyanna Simone Simpson as Young Deborah Lacks
Leslie Uggam as Sadie
Peter Gerety as Paul Lurz
Reed Birney as Dr. George Gey
Reg E. Cathey as Zakariyya
Renee Elise Goldsberry as Henrietta Lacks
Rocky Carroll as Sonny Lacks
Roger Robinson as Day Lacks
Rose Byrne as Rebecca Skloot
Ruben Santiago-Hudson as Dr. Pattillo

key behind the scenes crew
Alan Ball as Executive Producer
Carla Gardini as Executive Producer
George C. Wolfe as Writer and Director
Lydia Dean Pilcher as Executive Producer
Oprah Winfrey as Executive Producer
Peter Macdissi as Executive Producer
Rebecca Skloot as Original author/Co-Executive Producer

show type
TV Movie based on a true story

broadcast from
22 April 2017

network and production companies
HBO
Cine Mosaic
Harpo Films
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