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The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (2017)

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An African-American woman becomes an unwitting pioneer for medical breakthroughs when her cells are used to create the first immortal human cell line in the early 1950s.

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Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 1 win & 7 nominations. See more awards »

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Henrietta Lacks
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Mary Kubick
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Dr. George Gey
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Mrs. Margaret Gey (as Karen Reynolds)
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Board Administrator
Chasiti Ferrell ...
Baby Deborah
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Baby Deborah
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Dr. Roland Pattillo
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Jaedon Godley ...
Davon
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Sonny Lacks
John Douglas Thompson ...
Lawrence Lacks
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Day Lacks
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Barbara Lacks
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An African-American woman becomes an unwitting pioneer for medical breakthroughs when her cells are used to create the first immortal human cell line in the early 1950s.

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22 April 2017 (USA)  »

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A Vida Imortal de Henrietta Lacks  »

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In a piece on this movie that aired on National Public Radio's "Morning Edition," Eric Deggans said that the source book's author, Rebecca Skoot, told him in an interview that Henrietta Lacks's daughter Deborah Lacks Pullum wanted Oprah to play her in the movie version long before any movie version was actually in the works. Skloot said, "She always said, you know, this book is going to come out. It's going to be a bestseller. Oprah's going to make a movie, and she's going to play me. Like, she was just sure of it." Deborah died in 2009, so she was not alive to see that the book about her mother did become a bestseller and Oprah did play Deborah in the movie adaptation. See more »

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Read the book instead
1 May 2017 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Rarely has an excellent book been so poorly transferred to the screen. You can definitely see Oprah's influence on what was going to be in the screenplay. Gone is almost every scene that would show us Henrietta and HER life, so that Oprah, as her daughter, could monopolize the film. Sad. My advice, read the book instead.


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