Oprah Winfrey, OWN TV’s Instagram via @owntv, retrieved 5-4-16
Oprah Winfrey, OWN TV’s Instagram via @owntv, retrieved 5-4-16
Oprah Winfrey, OWN TV’s Instagram via @owntv, retrieved 5-4-16

Oprah Winfrey has a second life as an actress after over two decades of being a media mogul. The Oprah Winfrey Network founder is teaming up with HBO to star in the film “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” as the lead.

The story is based off of Mrs. Henrietta Lacks, a black woman whose cells were stolen by doctors and used for medical research.

To give you some background on Lacks, in 1951 she found out that she had a malignant epidermoid carcinoma of the cervix. But little did she know, samples from her cervix were stolen and given to cancer researcher George Otto Gey, who then used the samples for medical research and found out that Lacks’ cells were immortal.

After learning of this story and the hardships Lacks’ and her family endured, Winfrey teamed up with HBO to tell the story.

Production on the film is set to start this summer with Oprah starring and producing. George C. Wolfe, who wrote the adaption of the film, will be the director.

No premiere date has been set. Congratulations to Oprah!

Written By: Jnelle Belle

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