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7 July 25th, 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.

What do you think about Renee’s latest role opposite Oprah? Share your thoughts in the comment section below!

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  1. Lou Piikes says:

    REG is one lucky lady in regards to her acting career.


  2. Liz says:

    You’re right, Michael, OLTL were in the know about Renee. I’m thrilled for her and so proud of our ‘Vange!


    nancy dillingham replied

    So am I. She seems like a really hard-working pro.


  3. fginaspy says:

    The book ” The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” is a winner. I will look forward to seeing this film long after it has aired and maybe show up on Amazon as I do not have Cable or HBO. Congratulations to Renee.


  4. Trophy Lady says:

    LOVE LOVE LOVE Renee! She’s such a talent, and such a class act!

    I truly miss OLTL, Evangeline Williamson, John McBain, Todd (Trevor St. John) Manning, and all that could’ve been with them! I think they could’ve been a PHENOMENAL love triangle, but sadly, it was a story that was never told.

    Nevertheless, there will always be some GREAT JoVan memories!!!


    Llanviewer717 replied

    I loved John and Vange together and always thought they belonged together. Nothing against Natalie. I could imagine all kinds of story line possibilities featuring attorney Vange and detective John. Another Bo and Nora. Plus their love scenes sizzled!!!!!! But, it was not to be. I also loved Trevor St. John’s Todd with Florencia Lozano’s Tea. The growth they portrayed in that relationship was wonderful.

    How I miss our beloved One Life to Live!!!!!!!!!!!

    Congratulations to Renee for landing what sounds like an interesting role.


  5. Tom says:

    What a beautiful, passionate, talented actress. We remember her well from OLTL.


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