HBO has released the first teaser for The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, which features the media mogul in a powerful role as Lack’s daughter, Deborah.In 1951, Lacks had a biopsy taken from her cervix after giving birth. Doctors took two samples while treating a malignant epidermoid carcinoma, one of cancerous cells and one healthy. The cancerous cells became the base of an immortal cell line known as HeLa, which has been used across the world for medical research. Lacks passed away from cancer not long after her daughter Deborah was born.

Winfrey is an executive producer and stars in the new biopic. “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” airs April 22 on HBO.

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