Henrietta Lacks is not a well-known name when it comes to modern day medicine but that will change very soon. Oprah Winfrey and HBO come together to debut the film The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks .that will shed light on her name.
For those who may not know, Lacks is a black woman whose cervical cancer cells were used without her knowledge for research that ended up revolutionizing modern day medicine. She died at the early age of 31 but her cells lived on to be used for cures for diseases such as polio to cutting-edge medicine for cancer, HIV/AIDS, and gene mapping research done around the world.
The film is based off the 2010 New York Times bestseller book The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, written by Rebecca Skloot. It’s also told through the eyes of Lacks’ daughter, Deborah Lacks (played by Winfrey), who is desperately trying to uncover who her mother was and what happened to her cells.