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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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Lou Piikes

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

Liz
Liz

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

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

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

fginaspy
fginaspy

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.

Trophy Lady
Trophy Lady

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
Llanviewer717

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.

Tom
Tom

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

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ICYMI WATCH: OWN’s ‘Ambitions’ All-Access Special & Get Ready For Its Soapy Debut Next Week

It’s time you start familiarizing yourselves with the new families of soapdom from the mind of its creator and executive producer, Jamey Giddens (former Daytime Confidential editorial director and co-owner).  In Ambitions, it’s the Lancasters. Carlisles and the Banks, who head up the series familial backstabbing power and sex hungry drama.

Giddens new series with producer Will Packer is set to debut next week on Tuesday night, June 18th (10PMET/9PMCST) on OWN.

Robyn Givens heads the cast as Stephanie Lancaster   Look for former daytime favorites, Matt Cedeno (Ex-Brandon, DAYS) and Rick Hearst (Ex-Ric, GH) to show up on the series as well during its run.

Earlier this week, OWN featured an all-access special so viewers can get a preview of the story and learn more about the characters they are about to take a ride with during the first season.   You can watch it in its entirety below.

In addition, the series released a segment on Giddens, illustrating that, as we all already knew, this guy knows his soaps and understands the genre!

Check both videos out below, and let us know if you will be checking out Ambitions when it bows on Tuesday night via the comment section below.

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Guiding Light & ATWT Alum, Tom Pelphrey Is New Series Regular In Upcoming Season of Netflix’s ‘Ozark’

Well, soap fans knew when they saw the character of Jonathan Randall debut in Springfield on Guiding Light that the young man who portrayed him was going to go far in his career, and that has been what’s been happening since he left daytime for Tom Pelphrey.

Pelphrey, who won two Daytime Emmys for his role on GL and later did a run as Mick on As the World Turns, has gone on to star as Ward Meachum on both seasons of Marvel’s Iron Fist on Netflix, appeared on Cinemax’s Banshee and more recently did a guest spot on NBC;’s drama Blindspot to name just a few of his projects.

Now comes word via Deadline that Pelphrey is joining the third season of Netflix’s drama Ozark as a series regular.  The series stars Laura Linney and Jason Bateman and details the life of a family as the navigate within a dangerous drug cartel.

Pelphrey has been cast Linney’s younger brother named Ben Davis, and in story, he arrives for an unannounced and inopportune visit. He quickly reminds Wendy (Linney) who she used to be and who she is running from.

Upon the announcement of his casting, Tom took to his Twitter account and said, “Dream job!”

So, will you be checking out Ozark to see Tom in his new role?  Did you love him as Jonathan (Reva’s son) on Guiding Light? Comment below.  But first watch Tom’s winning moments and acceptance speeches at the 2006 and 2008 Daytime  Emmys.

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Matthew Ashford Talks Jack’s Political Decisions & Amnesia On All-New Episode Of ‘Inside Salem: Days of our Lives Podcast’

The latest installment of of NBC’s Inside Salem: Days of our Lives Podcast is out now featuring conversations and segments with three of the popular stars of the long-running daytime drama series.

First, host Michael Fairman chants with Matthew Ashford for a return visit and six-month check-in since he first returned to DAYS as the beloved Jack Deveraux but with a twist!  Yup, Dr. Rolf got a hold of the guy, and he has amnesia.

Now after this return, he is won the mayoral race in Salem, placed Eve Donovan (Kassie DePaiva) as the police commissioner, and is trying to get Haley (Thia Megia) deported out of the country in the immigration storyline, even though his son, JJ (Casey Moss) is in love with the young woman.  In the meantime, Jack is upsetting his family and loved ones with his latest personality change, while Jennifer (Melissa Reeves) hopes somehow she get still get through to her one true love, so he remember his past.  On the podcast, Matt dives into all of it.

Later in a dressing room, segment, Camila Banus (Gabi) and Freddie Smith (Sonny)  chat about working on the show, with each other, and some other fun tidbits as they catch up.  And as viewers know, Gabi and Sonny, as well as Will (Chandler Massey) all have a unique and special relationship with one another.

To listen to the podcast go to iTunes to download or you can head over to NBC.com/InsideSalem and listen there as well.

Now, let us know in the comment section below; how you are liking the current machinations of Jack, and if you prefer him with Eve, or are you still hoping for a reunion with Jennifer?

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