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The film follows her search to find out about her mother’s life.
Lawrence Lacks, a son, was quoted in a Sun story today saying his family wants compensation from the Johns Hopkins University and possibly other institutions for what he characterized as unauthorized use of his mother’s cells in medical research.
Vernon was strict, but encouraging, and made her education a priority.
Winfrey became an honors student, was voted Most Popular Girl, and joined her high school speech team at East Nashville High School, placing second in the nation in dramatic interpretation.
She also hosted the local version of Dialing for Dollars there.
In 1983, Winfrey relocated to Chicago to host WLS-TV's low-rated half-hour morning talk show, AM Chicago. Within months after Winfrey took over, the show went from last place in the ratings to overtaking Donahue as the highest-rated talk show in Chicago.
She began to steal money from her mother in an effort to keep up with her free-spending peers, to lie to and argue with her mother, and to go out with older boys.
At age six, Winfrey moved to an inner-city neighborhood in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, with her mother Vernita Lee, who was less supportive and encouraging than her grandmother had been, largely as a result of the long hours she worked as a maid.
The film is based on a non-fiction book, “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” by Rebecca Skloot.
Winfrey was born into poverty in rural Mississippi to a teenage single mother and later raised in an inner-city Milwaukee neighborhood.
She worked there during her senior year of high school, and again while in her first two years of college.
Winfrey's career choice in media would not have surprised her grandmother, who once said that ever since Winfrey could talk, she was on stage.