Who was Henrietta Lacks? 4 things to know before 'The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks'

Henrietta Lacks is the subject of a book and two movies, and she's helped to cure diseases, but no one knows her name.

In 1951, Henrietta Lacks was buried in an unmarked grave, but she's since been immortalized. The African-American tobacco farmer, who died from cervical cancer, has inspired a book, two movies and, in part, some of the most significant medical breakthroughs in history. 

After being diagnosed, Lacks underwent radiation treatments at Johns Hopkins University before she died. During

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