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A First Look at Oprah in ‘Henrietta Lacks’

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks is getting closer and closer to its HBO debut. Entertainment Weekly has just released some pictures of Oprah’s role as Deborah Lacks, Henrietta Lacks’s daughter. Based on a true story, Henrietta Lacks’s DNA was taken without her consent by a group of scientists and doctors at John Hopkins Hospital in 1951. 

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Her DNA helped them create the polio vaccine, in vitro fertilization, and gene mapping. People call Lacks immortal because her cells have been spread so far that she will live eternally though them. It would be impossible to track all of her cells throughout the world. Since she was not aware of the research, she and her family were never properly compensated. The story brings up hard hitting issues of medical privacy, race, and poverty. 

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The HBO biopic is viewed for the perspective of Henrietta’s daughter, played by Oprah. Fans of the story are overjoyed by this casting choice. The story of the Lacks family needs to be heard, and HBO is doing exactly that. 

 

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