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July 25, 2016

Renee Elise Goldsberry Cast In Title Role Opposite Oprah Winfrey In HBO Films “The Immortal Life Of Henrietta Lacks”

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One Life to Live fans were in the know on this one.  We all loved the performances of Renee Elise Goldsberry as Evangeline Williamson.  Her stories and romances with several of the men of Llanview; John McBain (Michael Easton), Cristian Vega (David Fumero) and Todd Manning (then Trevor St. John) were part of a magical time of the now defunct ABC daytime drama.

Since then Renee has certainly been making a name for herself winning the Tony Award in June for her performance in the Broadway smash Hamilton, and then being cast in Netflix upcoming sci-fi drama, Altered Carbon.  But casting news today has brought even greater exposure to Goldsberry.

Deadline reports that Renee has been cast in the title role of HBO films upcoming The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.  She will star opposite Oprah Winfrey who is also one of the executive producers on the project.

About the film: Goldsberry will play 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 to 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. It’s a story of medical arrogance and triumph, race, poverty and deep friendship between the unlikeliest of people. Read more >

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