02/14/2017 03:11 pm ET

Oprah's HBO Film Will Finally Tell The Story Of Henrietta Lacks

Henrietta Lacks was a poor tobacco farmer whose cells changed the medical field forever.

Oprah Winfrey and Rose Byrne star in the film, which tells the story of Henrietta Lacks, the African-American woman whose cells were unknowingly used to create the first “immortal” human cell line.

Both the book and the film chronicle an investigation led by journalist Skloot and Lacks’ daughter, Deborah Lacks, to find out how her mother’s cancerous cells were harvested in 1951 with no authorization. Henrietta Lacks was a poor tobacco farmer, but her cells ― known as HeLa ― would subsequently change the medical field forever. 

The film will premiere in April on HBO.


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