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

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

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

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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.

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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!!!

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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.

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

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B&B’s Kimberlin Brown Shows How-To Do The Sheila ‘Makeover’

Wednesday’s episode of The Bold and the Beautiful, brought with it a very much alive and in disguise Sheila Carter (Kimberlin Brown).

While smart B&B viewers knew there was no way a bear ended the life of Sheila, and that she would return to the canvas to cause more trouble, no one quite knew how she would integrate herself into society to not get caught by the police for her crimes.

Now donning a red wig, some facial prosthetics and a new sexy wardrobe, Sheila tested out her transformation on a tipsy Deacon (Sean Kanan), who had too much to drink.  Next thing you know, the two ‘strangers’ have sex.  Does Deacon really not know its Sheila?

Meanwhile, Kimberlin Brown posted a video on her Instagram of just how the B&B make-up and hair team came up with Sheila’s new look.

The actress expressed: “#behindthescenes #transformation #sheila goes red! Thanks you @danmakesstuff and @tinsleystudio for the wonderful #prosthetics and of course the wonderful Chris Lia Johnson #makeup @stephpaughhair for her #wig work! What a great #team

You can watch the time-lapsed video below.

Now let us know, what do you think of Sheila’s new look? How will B&B incorporate Sheila’s disguise for the next leg of her storyline to still be a part of Finn’s (Tanner Novlan) life? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

 

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Kelly Thiebaud Departing General Hospital and Heading Back to ‘Station 19’

Kelly Thiebaud is now set to reprise her role of Eva Vasquez, on ABC’s primetime drama, Station 19 and thus the Daytime Emmy winner will exit her role as Dr. Britt Westbourne on General Hospital.

According to Deadline, Thiebaud will be part of the cast for the series 6th season, which premieres on October 6th.

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Previously, Kelly appeared on the show’s 3rd season when in story, as the widow of firefighter Rigo Vasquez (Rigo Sanchez), she had an affair with her husband’s colleague Jack Gibson (Grey Damon) that resulted in total chaos.

In a tease for Thiebaud’s return, ABC shared, “Misery loves company and Eva finds solace with someone from her past.”

Kelly has played GH’s Britt on and off since 2012. She won her first Daytime Emmy this past June for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for her performance.

Look for Kelly to exit her GH role in November, while a rep for the soap shared that the actress will be leaving by year’s end.

What do you think of Kelly going to Station 19 and departing General Hospital? How do you think GH will deal with her exit? Will tragedy befall Britt with her living with Huntington’s Disease? Will she be written-off the canvas, leaving the door open for her return? 

Share your thoughts in the comment section, but first check out our conversation with Kelly from a year ago and then backstage at the Daytime Emmys following her victory,

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Rena Sofer Wraps Her 9-Year Run as Quinn and Exits B&B

Daytime Emmy winner, Rena Sofer, has decided to call it quits at The Bold and the Beautiful.  After playing Quinn Fuller for the past 9 years she has decided to move on to other projects and adventures.

In a tweet, Sofer shared: “Friday August 5 was my last day playing Quinn on B&B, it’s been an incredible 9!” She added, “On to bigger and better things! Check out Renasoferceramics.com” 

Rena shared her thoughts on her decision to exit the CBS soap opera in an exclusive interview with Soap Opera Digest in their latest issue dropping everywhere on Friday.

The talented star told SOD, “I had already decided this was going to be my last contract, but when they finished the story of Quinn and Carter coming together, it seemed like the right time.”  Look for her last airdate to be August 29th.

Fans of Sofer’s already know that she makes beautiful ceramic pieces and has been sharing her art.  We shall see what else Rena decides to do next.

Share your thoughts on Rena’s departure as B&B’s Quinn via the comment section below.

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