The incredibly talented Renée Elise Goldsberry (Evangeline, ONE LIFE TO LIVE) is starring with Oprah Winfrey and Rose Byrne in the new HBO original film The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, premiering on Saturday, April 22, at 8 p.m. ET!
In the powerful true story, Goldsberry plays the titular character, Henrietta Lacks, a woman who suffered from cervical cancer in the ‘50s and whose cells were harvested without her knowledge or permission, leading to medical advances that changed the course of cancer treatment in years to come. Byrne plays Rebecca Skloot, the real-life author of the book on which the film is based, and Winfrey plays Lacks’ daughter, Deborah. Goldsberry appears in flashbacks as the two women dig for the truth about Lacks’ story.
“I love to talk about the beauty of just a woman who was so young and seemingly so disenfranchised and the impact that she had,” Goldsberry told CBS THIS MORNING. “I just think it’s a really empowering story that should inspire all of us to tell our stories to our children.”
Daytime fans were blown away by Goldsberry’s talent on OLTL, and the actress also earned Daytime Emmy Award nominations for Outstanding Supporting Actress in 2006 and 2007 for her work. After leaving the soap, Goldsberry continued to appear in television with roles on THE FOLLOWING, LAWN & ORDER: SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT, and THE GOOD WIFE, but found her biggest success on the Broadway stage.
Goldsberry originated the role of Nettie Harris in The Color Purple, took over the role of Mimi Márquez in Rent, and won the Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical for her role as Angelica Schuyler Church in the smash-hit Hamilton.
So be sure to tune in to see Goldsberry in The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks and keep an eye out for her later in 2017 when she will be starring as Quellcrist Falconer in the new Netflix sci-fi series ALTERED CARBON.
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