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The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks ()


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An African-American woman becomes an unwitting pioneer for medical breakthroughs when her cells are used to create the first immortal human cell line in the early 1950s.

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  • Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 2 wins & 20 nominations.
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Henrietta Lacks
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Mary Kubick
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Dr. George Gey
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Mrs. Margaret Gey (as Karen Reynolds)
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Board Administrator
Chasiti Ferrell ...
Baby Deborah
Chelsea Ferrell ...
Baby Deborah
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Rebecca Skloot
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Dr. Roland Pattillo
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Deborah Lacks
Jaedon Godley ...
Davon
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Sonny Lacks
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Lawrence Lacks
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Day Lacks
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Barbara Lacks
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Teenage Deborah (as Kyanna Simone Simpson)
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Dr. Susan Hsu
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Dr. Victor McKusick
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Alfred
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Zakariyya
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Sadie
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Cootie
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Cliff
Andrea Frye ...
Gladys
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Young Gladys (as Jasmine Ellis)
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Young Sadie
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Cousin Fred (as Patrick Walker)
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Young Day Lacks
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Bill Watson
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Sasha Walz
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Sir Lord Keenan Kester Cofield
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Richard Wilson
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Young Woman
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Paul Lurz
Tyvonna Jones ...
Teenage Elsie
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Crownsville Administrator
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Woman Pumping Gas
Alfred Carter Jr. ...
Turner Station Man
Dhemi Mathis ...
Toddler Deborah
Da'mohr Mathis ...
Toddler Deborah
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Young Lawrence
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Young Cootie (as Kermit Burns)
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Ethel
Linden Harris ...
Galen (as Linden Ronel Harris)
Jordan Eli Arellano ...
Young Sonny (as Jordan Elli Arellano)
De'Marco Arrington ...
Young Zakariyya (as De'Marco Michael Arrington)
Aniyla Johnson ...
Young Deborah
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Christoph Lengauer
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Scientist (uncredited)
Matthew Bernard ...
John Hopkins Student (uncredited)
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Archive Receptionist (uncredited)
Raphael Dante' Carr Jr. ...
Young Sonny (uncredited)
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Newscaster (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
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Country Girl Mae (uncredited)
Clint Edwards ...
Scientist (uncredited)
Kayla Ellenwood ...
John Hopkins Student (uncredited)
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Charlie (uncredited)
Elizabeth Hackler ...
Rebecca's Co-Worker (uncredited)
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Friend of Family (uncredited)
Debbie Hartner ...
Nurse (uncredited)
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Doctor (uncredited)
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Church Member (uncredited)
Todd Lee ...
Doctor (uncredited)
Miguel Angel Marrero ...
Scientist (uncredited)
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Young Boy (uncredited)
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Carl the Mechanic (uncredited)
Neal McNeil ...
Lacks Neighbor (uncredited)
John Merical ...
Senior Scientist (uncredited)
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John Hopkins Nurse (uncredited)
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Cousin Josh (uncredited)
Candy Rachor ...
Scientist (uncredited)
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Pedestrian (uncredited)
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Reporter (uncredited)
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Henrietta Lacks Neighbor (uncredited)
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Female Boss (uncredited)
Corey Jason Thomas ...
Church Parishoner (uncredited)
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First Administrator (uncredited)
Christopher Van Escobar ...
Chris the Intern (uncredited)
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Scientist (uncredited)
Terrence V. Walker ...
Church Patron (uncredited)
William Walker ...
Hospital Utility Worker (uncredited)
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Counter Man (uncredited)

Directed by

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George C. Wolfe

Written by

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Rebecca Skloot ... (based on the book written by)
 
Peter Landesman ... (screenplay by) and
Alexander Woo ... (screenplay by) and
George C. Wolfe ... (screenplay by)

Produced by

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Alan Ball ... executive producer
Lydia Dean Pilcher ... executive producer
Kathryn Dean ... producer
Carla Gardini ... executive producer
Peter Macdissi ... executive producer
Rebecca Skloot ... co-executive producer
Oprah Winfrey ... executive producer

Music by

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Branford Marsalis

Cinematography by

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Sofian El Fani

Film Editing by

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Aaron Yanes

Editorial Department

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Steven Bodner ... senior colorist
Matt Breitenbach ... on-line editor
Marc Goldbaum ... dailies technician
Xylina Golding ... digital intermediate services
Daniel Gross ... post-production assistant
Kevin Kaim ... digital intermediate assist
Robert Loughlin ... dailies producer (as Rob Loughlin)
Mateo Marquez ... digital intermediate assist
Megan Marquis ... digital intermediate producer
Eric Mittan ... digital intermediate engineer
Dean Mozian ... digital intermediate assist
Carrie Radigan ... digital intermediate administration
Christopher Rivera ... digital intermediate administration
Kevin Szczepanski ... conform editor

Casting By

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Cindy Tolan

Production Design by

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Caroline Hanania

Art Direction by

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Richard Blankenship
Peter Borck

Costume Design by

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Paul Tazewell

Makeup Department

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Jerome Allen ... key hair stylist
Gina W. Bateman ... additional makeup artist: Baltimore (as Gina Bateman)
Lydia Bensimmon ... additional hair stylist (as Lydia Beniam)
Patrice Coleman ... key makeup artist
Lawrence Davis ... hair department head
Lorraine DeArmott-Boushell ... additional makeup artist: Baltimore (as Lorraine Boushell)
Yvonne Eagle ... assistant makeup artist
Selena Evans-Miller ... additional makeup artist
Bill Johnson ... special makeup effects designer
Janice Kinigopoulos ... assistant hair stylist: Baltimore
Hagen Linss ... makeup artist
Gindy Martin ... additional makeup artist
Mia Neal ... wig maker: Ms. Winfrey
Carol Rasheed ... makeup department head
Mark James Ross ... special makeup effects artist (as Mark Ross)
Derrick Rutledge ... makeup artist: Ms. Winfrey
Monty Schuth ... key hair stylist
Terri Trupp ... additional makeup artist: Baltimore
Antonio 'Tee' White ... hair stylist
Antonio White ... hair stylist
LuAndra Whitehurst ... special makeup effects artist
Todd Watson ... makeup effects lab technician (uncredited)

Production Management

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Kathryn Dean ... unit production manager
Lindsay Feldman ... production supervisor
Patricia Hess ... unit production manager: Washington DC (as Patricia Anne Doherty)

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Kevin Breen ... second second assistant director
Lydia Dean Pilcher ... second unit director
Edmar Flores ... daily crowd assistant director
Brandon Folsom ... additional second assistant director
Bennett Gammon ... interim second second assistant director
Takahide Kawakami ... second assistant director
Christopher Surgent ... first assistant director (as Chris Surgent)
Kurt Uebersax ... first assistant director: second unit, Baltimore
Courtney Walls ... production assistant

Art Department

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Vincent Bates ... set designer
Erik Boring ... lead person: Baltimore unit
Marie Bourgeois ... production assistant
Carrie Cantwell ... graphic designer (as Carrie Gale)
Sarah Carter ... set decoration buyer
Kyle Coleman ... set dresser
Justin DeMartino ... set dresser
Jonathan Dossman ... set dresser (as Jon Dossman)
Brett Fahle ... set dresser
Christopher Ferris ... construction coordinator
Rob Fiks ... props: Baltimore
Carol Francoso ... camera scenic / on set painter
Tyler Free ... set dresser
Milton Graña ... custom prop
Meredith Hannah ... art deptartment pa
Ryan Hartnett ... greens
James Jeff Heinhuis ... scenic artist
William Craig Johnson ... on set dresser
Machonna Jones ... prop assistant
Justin J. Jordan ... lead graphic designer
Kevin Ladson ... property master
Lauri Lannan ... set decoration buyer
George A. Lee ... gang boss
Chloe Lipp ... art department coordinator
Carla Martinez ... assistant art director
Rosalyn Myles ... set dresser
Joseph Nadeau ... gang boss
Lucinda E. Pealer ... on set scenic: Baltimore
Glenn Peison ... prop assistant
Robert Francis Scheidegger ... set dresser (as Rob Scheidegger)
Marion Rex Smith ... set dresser
Dave Starkey ... carpenter
Brittany Upchurch ... set dec buyer
Richard Blake Wester ... leadman
Nelson May ... set dresser (uncredited)

Sound Department

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Tucker Bodine ... adr recordist
Noah Bruskin ... adr recordist
Greg Crawford ... adr mixer: Atlanta
Mark DeSimone ... adr mixer: New York
Rob Disner ... boom operator
Aidan Dykes ... adr recordist
Tyler Heath ... adr mixer
Frank Kern ... foley editor
Tiffany T. Mack ... utility sound
Erik H. Magnus ... production sound mixer
Tyler Newhouse ... adr recordist
Nicholas Schenck ... assistant sound editor
Chykeria Thompson ... sound mixer
Steven Visscher ... supervising foley editor
Allan Zaleski ... sound effects editor
Jeremy Zunk ... utility sound

Special Effects by

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Hank Atterbury ... special effects supervisor: Baltimore
Lacy Cavins ... special effects buyer
Nathen Cavins ... special effects technician
Nicholas Coleman ... special effects foreman
Jason Ivey ... special effects foreman: Baltimore
Caius Man ... special effects coordinator
Andi Sowers ... special effects technician
Manon Wilkes ... special effects technician

Visual Effects by

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Navid Bagherzadeh ... visual effects artist
Josh Child ... digital compositor
Matthew T. Griffin ... visual effects producer
Christian Lowe ... digital compositor
Jose L. Marin ... lead digital artist
Shannen Miceli ... visual effects coordinator (as Shannen Walsh)
Jonathan Skabla ... senior digital compositor
Tonya Smay ... digital compositor
Djuna Wahlrab ... visual effects artist
Scott Winston ... technical director

Stunts

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Jwaundace Candece ... stunt performer
Marcelle Coletti ... stunt performer
Alan D'Antoni ... stunt performer
Elizabeth Davidovich ... stunt coordinator
Keith Splinter Davis ... stunt performer (as Keith Davis)
Jason Charles Hill ... stunt performer
Niahlah Hope ... stunt performer
Lonnie R. Smith Jr. ... stunt performer
Eric VanArsdale ... stunt performer (as Eric Van Arsdale)
Guss Williams ... stunt performer (as Gus Williams)
Jwaundace Candece ... stunt driver double: Deborah Lacks (uncredited)
Jason Charles Hill ... stunt driver (uncredited)
Dylan Hintz ... cover stunt coordinator: Baltimore (uncredited)
Niahlah Hope ... stunt double: Kyanna Simone (uncredited)
Eric VanArsdale ... stunt driver (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

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Shawn C.H. Baron ... key grip: 2nd Unit: Baltimore
Chris Birdsong ... key grip
Victor Bland ... rigging electrician
Paul Bode ... a cam first ac / movi operator
J. Christopher Campbell ... a camera/steadicam operator
Quantrell D. Colbert ... still photographer
Joe Elrom ... digital imaging technician
Alexander Eremin ... company grip
Terry Fitzpatrick ... 24 frame video playback
George Greene ... electrician
Justin Jones ... video assist
Justin Yardley Jones ... key rigging grip
Sidarth Kantamneni ... camera operator
Yuri Karjane ... first assistant "c" camera
Nina Kuhn ... gaffer
LeThomas Lee ... lighting technician
David Walter Lindsay ... second assistant "c" camera
Jon Lindsay ... b camera first assistant
Mike Locke ... a dolly grip
Brett Mayfield ... b-camera: additional steadicam operator
Griffin McCann ... "a" camera second assistant
Scott E. Miller ... genny op (as Scott Miller)
Janice Y. Min ... first assistant camera: "c" camera, Baltimore (as Janice Min)
Greg Morse ... video assist operator
Zak Norton ... digital utility
Doyle Petty ... best boy rigging grip
Michael Piekutowski ... best boy electric: Baltimore
Ernest Rydberg ... crane tech
Reynaldo Ali Sable ... lighting technician
Earl Sutherland ... dimmer board operator
Jason M. Thompson ... lighting technician
Joseph Wilkowski ... grip
Ken Woodbury ... b dollygrip
Edward Young ... rigging grip

Casting Department

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Daniel Cabeza ... casting associate
Dann Fink ... adr voice casting
Theresa Hernandez ... casting assistant
Meagan Lewis ... casting: Atlanta
Kalas Pendergraft ... extras casting
Nicholas Petrovich ... casting assistant
Heather A Taylor ... extras casting director
Elise Weisengoff ... extras casting: MD/DC

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Taylor Addison ... Costume Coordinator
Alanna Bryant ... wardrobe assistant
Patty Burns ... additional set costumer: DC unit
Kairo Courts ... key costumer
Eniola Dawodu ... assistant costume designer
Shayne Allen Duhon ... set costumer
Erinique Ellison ... costume buyer
Anne Gorman ... costumer
Empress Holley ... set costumer
Mara Majorowicz ... costumer: washington d.c. unit
Minerva Diann Savoy ... key tailor: Baltimore: md.
Paul A. Simmons Jr. ... costume supervisor
Marsha Wilson ... costume trainee

Location Management

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Joel Bosh ... location assistant
Caprice Ericson ... assistant location manager: Baltimore
Jen Farris ... key assistant location manager / location scout
Anthony Gross Sr. ... location assistant
Aaron Gutentag ... assistant location manager
Taneka Maxwell ... location office assistant
Ben McIver ... key assistant location manager
Renay Nailon ... location scout
Jordan Schmidt ... location scout
Cryselle Stewart ... assistant location manager
Luke Welden ... assistant location manager
Rehya Young ... location manager
Megan Majerowicz ... location assistant (uncredited)

Music Department

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Jim Bruening ... music editor
Julian Kershaw ... orchestrator
Evyen Klean ... music supervisor (as Evyen J. Klean)
Tim Marchiafava ... pro tools operator
Jennifer Reeve ... music supervisor

Script and Continuity Department

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Renetta G. Amador ... script supervisor

Transportation Department

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Samuel R. Anderson ... driver
Ben Biggers ... dispatcher
Jon A. Boyd ... Driver
Gregory Alan Cochran ... Generator operator/Driver
Steven Docherty ... transportation coordinator
Greg Guice ... honeywagon driver
Carl Scott ... transportation captain
Jon Smith ... transportation coordinator
Randy Southerland ... driver
Stephanie Watts ... driver: cast

Additional Crew

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Rhonda Marie Alston ... stand-in: Oprah Winfrey
Jeremy Anderson ... medic
Tyrez Armstead ... assistant: Ms. Byrne
Samudrika Arora ... executive
Sam Barrow ... set medic
Anna Basso ... production secretary
Paul Bednarz ... key set medic
Simeon Bingham ... production assistant
Ericka Bonilla ... assistant: Rose Byrne
Bricine Brown ... L. Warren Young-Body Double
Brandon Calhoun ... payroll assistant
Alfred Carter Jr. ... consultant
Latonya Carter ... consultant
Karen Corneille ... assistant: Ms. Pilcher, Atlanta
Allan Cox ... production assistant
Kevin Crawley ... production assistant
Eugene Crump ... crafty pa: day player
Reeva Forrester ... studio teacher
Laura J. Fox ... first assistant accountant
Maggie Free Levinge ... second assistant accountant
Steven D. Freeman ... set dresser (as Steven Freeman)
Justine Gerenstein ... main title editorial
Ray Gordon II ... assistant: Ellen Barkin / coordinator: Applehead Pictures
Tara Grace ... production executive
Shalondra Henry ... assistant: Ms. Winfrey, Atlanta (as Shalondra E. Henry)
Elizabeth Himelstein ... dialect coach: Oprah Winfrey
Jaci Jones ... photo double: Rose Byrne
LaTonya Joyce ... production assistant
LaTonya Joyce ... production assistant
James Kehrer ... production assistant
Joan Kim ... assistant: Ms. Winfrey, Los Angeles
Colette S. Knight ... production coordinator
David J. Lacks ... consultant
Nancy LaDonnah ... medic: stand-by ambulance
James Lopez ... production assistant
Erick McGraw ... security: Ms. Winfrey
Neal McNeil ... stand-in
David Melito ... production accountant
Mark Meloccaro ... clearance supervisor
Rhyan A. Minter ... asst. production coordinator
Nick Moyer ... production assistant
Paul Murphy ... production assistant
Nefertite Nguvu ... assistant: Mr. Wolfe, New York
Malachi Omega ... voice actor: voice
Patricia Parris ... office production assistant: Baltimore
Leah Parrish ... craft service
Rob Porter ... police coordinator
Jayme Powell ... set production assistant
Zakariyya Rahman ... consultant
Robert Ratner ... production assistant
Deborah Ricketts ... archive researcher
Michael Riley ... main title design
Crystle Roberson ... assistant: Mr. Wolfe, Atlanta (as Crystle C. Roberson)
Jarin Rossiter ... production staff
Sally Rusk ... studio teacher
Matt Salazar ... payroll accountant
TanNeshia Sanders ... travel coordinator (as Tanneshia Sanders)
Meg Scanlon ... production staff / stand-in
Jess Shuler ... production assistant
Tariq Simmons ... production assistant
Andy Siravanta ... production assistant
Jejuan Smith ... stand-in
Brendan Sullivan ... first team pa baltimore unit
Steve Swisher ... additional set production assistant
Bobby Thompson ... production assistant
Winston E. Thompson ... science consultant (as Winston E. Thompson Ph.D)
Stacey Wallen ... dialect coach
Marla Aaron Wapner ... stand-in: Rose Byrn
Amy L. Weinblum ... assistant: Ms. Winfrey, Los Angeles
Greta Wheeler ... production accounting clerk
Ashley Whitaker ... assistant: Ms. Gardini
Jeri Lacks Whye ... consultant
Willie Willingham ... security: Ms. Winfrey
Tyler Young ... photo double: Oprah Winfrey
Yasmin Zellipour ... production assistant
Arman Hovsepian ... clearance researcher (uncredited)
Jennifer Wachtell ... executive team (uncredited)

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Also Known As
  • A Vida Imortal de Henrietta Lacks (Brazil)
  • Henrietta Lacks örök élete (Hungary)
  • 海拉細胞的不朽旅程 (Taiwan)
  • 不死細胞ヒーラ ヘンリエッタ・ラックスの永遠なる人生 (Japan, Japanese title)
  • La vita immortale di Henrietta Lacks (Italy)
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Did You Know?

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Trivia In a piece on this movie that aired on National Public Radio's "Morning Edition," Eric Deggans said that the source book's author, Rebecca Skoot, told him in an interview that Henrietta Lacks's daughter Deborah Lacks Pullum wanted Oprah to play her in the movie version long before any movie version was actually in the works. Skloot said, "She always said, you know, this book is going to come out. It's going to be a bestseller. Oprah's going to make a movie, and she's going to play me. Like, she was just sure of it." Deborah died in 2009, so she was not alive to see that the book about her mother did become a bestseller and Oprah did play Deborah in the movie adaptation. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in The 69th Primetime Emmy Awards (2017). See more »
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