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Oprah Winfrey in HBO's 'Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks' makes a 17-year-old prediction come true

Oprah Winfrey in HBO's 'Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks' makes a 17-year-old prediction come true

One day, circa 2000, Rebecca Skloot was riding in a car with Deborah Lacks, whose late mother, Henrietta, had posthumously and unwittingly contributed to some of the most important medical research of the 20th century.

At the time, Skloot was a scrappy but barely published young journalist, and it would take a decade for her to complete the nonfiction book “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.” But Lacks had a prescient vision:

" 'This book is going to come out and it's going to be a bestseller. There's going to be a movie. Oprah is going to star in it,' " Skloot recalls Lacks saying during that drive. "And I was there going, 'Deborah, Deborah, whoa,...

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