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Renee Elise Goldsberry Cast In Title Role Opposite Oprah Winfrey In HBO Films "The Immortal Life Of Henrietta Lacks"

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One Life to Live fans were in the know on this one.  We all loved the performances of Renee Elise Goldsberry as Evangeline Williamson.  Her stories and romances with several of the men of Llanview; John McBain (Michael Easton), Cristian Vega (David Fumero) and Todd Manning (then Trevor St. John) were part of a magical time of the now defunct ABC daytime drama.

Since then Renee has certainly been making a name for herself winning the Tony Award in June for her performance in the Broadway smash Hamilton, and then being cast in Netflix upcoming sci-fi drama, Altered Carbon.  But casting news today has brought even greater exposure to Goldsberry.

Deadline reports that Renee has been cast in the title role of HBO films upcoming The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.  She will star opposite Oprah Winfrey who is also one of the executive producers on the project.

About the film: Goldsberry will play Henrietta Lacks, an African-American woman whose cells were used to create the first immortal human cell line.  Told through the eyes of her daughter, Deborah Lacks (Winfrey), the film chronicles her search to learn about the mother she never knew and to understand how the unauthorized harvesting of Lacks’ cancerous cells in 1951 led to unprecedented medical breakthroughs, changing countless lives and the face of medicine forever. It’s a story of medical arrogance and triumph, race, poverty and deep friendship between the unlikeliest of people.

What do you think about Renee’s latest role opposite Oprah? Share your thoughts in the comment section below!

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  1. Lou Piikes

    July 25, 2016 at 6:47 pm

    REG is one lucky lady in regards to her acting career.

  2. Liz

    July 25, 2016 at 7:37 pm

    You’re right, Michael, OLTL were in the know about Renee. I’m thrilled for her and so proud of our ‘Vange!

    • nancy dillingham

      July 26, 2016 at 8:57 am

      So am I. She seems like a really hard-working pro.

  3. fginaspy

    July 26, 2016 at 12:02 pm

    The book ” The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” is a winner. I will look forward to seeing this film long after it has aired and maybe show up on Amazon as I do not have Cable or HBO. Congratulations to Renee.

  4. Trophy Lady

    July 26, 2016 at 1:23 pm

    LOVE LOVE LOVE Renee! She’s such a talent, and such a class act!

    I truly miss OLTL, Evangeline Williamson, John McBain, Todd (Trevor St. John) Manning, and all that could’ve been with them! I think they could’ve been a PHENOMENAL love triangle, but sadly, it was a story that was never told.

    Nevertheless, there will always be some GREAT JoVan memories!!!

    • Llanviewer717

      July 26, 2016 at 4:06 pm

      I loved John and Vange together and always thought they belonged together. Nothing against Natalie. I could imagine all kinds of story line possibilities featuring attorney Vange and detective John. Another Bo and Nora. Plus their love scenes sizzled!!!!!! But, it was not to be. I also loved Trevor St. John’s Todd with Florencia Lozano’s Tea. The growth they portrayed in that relationship was wonderful.

      How I miss our beloved One Life to Live!!!!!!!!!!!

      Congratulations to Renee for landing what sounds like an interesting role.

  5. Tom

    July 28, 2016 at 2:10 pm

    What a beautiful, passionate, talented actress. We remember her well from OLTL.

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Ryan Paevey Sends Out Touching Tweet On The Birth Of His TV Son On General Hospital!

On yesterday’s GH, viewers saw the tender moment when Maxie (Kirsten Storms) delivered her baby, who is the bio-son of her late husband, Nathan West.

When Maxie finds out she had a boy to carry on the legacy of her beloved husband, she is overcome.

Ryan Paevey (Ex-Nathan), who left the series earlier this year, took to Twitter upon seeing the episode and the image of the little baby that is his on-screen offspring.

He expressed: “Welcome to the world, little one …. it’s a scary place sometimes, and i so wish i could have been there to show you all the good stuff. Your mother loves you,and will take care of you and teach you …. watch out for her her for me will ya?”

Aaawww.  So many GH fans have been touched by the gesture, and how nice it is that it makes the whole journey and end of Nathan’s West story heartbreaking and bittersweet.

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B&B Alum Kim Matula Shares Reaction To Cancellation Of Her Series, LA TO VEGAS!

Not good news for The Bold and the Beautiful star, Kim Matula (Ex-Hope).  Her primetime sitcom LA to Vegas was unfortunately cancelled by FOX on Monday.

The single-camera sitcom set aboard the fictional Jackpot Airlines weekend flights to Sin City and Tinseltown, first season averaged 2.3 million viewers, and a 0.73 rating share in the 18-49 demo.

Kim Matula took to her Instagram following the news of the end of “LA to Vegas” stating:  Well, this one hurts. Thank you to our dedicated, appreciative, complimentary, and all together incredible fans. You all helped make our show what it was and let me tell you, we had an absolute blast.” (more…)

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Days Of Our Lives

RATINGS: DAYS Overtakes GH And Takes The Number Three Spot!

Following their triple-crown victory of winning Outstanding Daytime Drama Series, Writing Team in a Drama Series, and Directing Team honors at the 45th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards, Days of our Lives continued their upswing when the recent ratings were released this week.

For the week ending April 30th through May 4th, DAYS moved past General Hospital as the third most-watched soap opera. Considering DAYS has been in the fourth position of all four soaps for the last several years, this is definitely worth noting.. DAYS came in with 2,301,000 average total viewers for the ratings week, while GH had 2, 288,000. In addition, GH tied an all-time low in the womens 18-34 ratings share.

As for The Young and the Restless, they also lost the most viewers for the week with -174,00, while coming in at 4,089,000 total viewers. Even though they remain at number one and are far ahead of the other three soaps, it seems the show, which in the past has hovered around 4.5 million a week, is down. In addition, the ratings reflected that B&B is now tied with Y&R for the number one show in the womens demo 18-34, and Y&R has tied some lows in total households, and the women 18-49 ratings share.

The Bold and the Beautiful remains second of the soaps with 3,227,00 viewers, but is down over 100,000 total viewers from last year at this time. View the entire ratings picture via SON here. (more…)

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