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Oprah Winfrey to star in HBO Films' biopic 'The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks'

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Oprah Winfrey is set to star in the upcoming adaptation of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks from HBO Films.

The media mogul has been involved with the biopic, adapted from Rebecca Skloot’s 2010 book of the same name, as an executive producer when the book’s film rights were first acquired in 2010. Winfrey will continue to co-executive produce the film with Skloot and Alan Ball (Six Feet Under, American Beauty), while she also stars as protagonist Deborah Lacks.

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lackstells the true story of its title character Henrietta Lacks through the eyes of her daughter Deborah. Lacks was an African American woman who, through the unlicensed harvesting of her cancerous cells in 1951, became the source of the first immortal human cell line.

The part is one of a few upcoming acting roles for Winfrey, who has a recurring role on the upcoming drama Greenleaf and will appear in Richard Pryor: Is It Something I Said?.

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