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ProHenriettaLacksHad cell. Aka: Loretta Pleasant, Helen Lane, Helen Larson.
   HeLa cell - Henrietta's cell.
 DonaldDeflerRebecca's college professor.
 DavidLacksHenrietta's husband and cousin. Aka: Day.
 DeborahLacksHenrietta's daughter. Aka: Dale.
   Deborah's Voice
 JohnHopkinsOwner of the hospital who took Henrietta's cell.
 Margaret Henrietta's cousin.
 Sadie Henrietta's cousin.
 JoeLacksHenrietta's child. Aka: Crazy Joe, Zakariyya B. Abdul Rahman.
 JosephLacksHenrietta's fourth child.
 HowardJonesHenrietta's physician.
 Eliza P.LacksHenrietta's mother.
 JohnnyPleasantHenrietta's father.
 TommyLacksHenrietta's grandfather.
 Munchie A midwife. Henrietta's cousin.
 JohnnyColemanDavid's father.
 CliffGarrettFred's brother.
 FredGarrettHenrietta and David's cousin.
 Mrs.ColemanJohnny's wife.
 ChloeLacksHenrietta's grandmother.
 Cadillac Tommy's hound.
 Dan Tommy's hound.
 CharlieHorseTommy's tall bay.
 JoeGrinnanHenrietta and Tommy's cousin. Henrietta's lover.
 LawrenceLacksHenrietta and David's first child.
 Lucile ElsiePleasantHenrietta's sister.
 GladysLacksHenrietta's sister.
   Diagnosis and Treatment
 Richard W.TelindeJoe's boss. A top cervical cancer expert. Aka: Uncle Dick.
 GeorgeGeyHead tissue culture research at Hopkins, took Henrietta's cell.
 MargaretGeyGeorge Gey's wife.
 HowardKellyA surgeon who visited the Curies.
 MarieCurieThe woman who discovered Radium. Pierre's wife.
 PierreCurieThe man who discovered Radium. Marie's wife.
 Dr. LawrenceWharton Jr.Henrietta's surgeon.
   The Birth of Hela
 MaryKubicekGeorge Gey's assistant.
 Minnie Margaret's assistant.
 WarrenLewisGeorge Gey's mentor.
   Blackness Be Spreadin All Inside
 Galen Henrietta's cousin.
 Ethel Galen's wife.
 DavidLacks Jr.Henrietta and David's son. Aka: Sonny.
 ElsieLacksHenrietta and David's oldest daughter.
 Peter Henrietta's cousin.
   Lady's On The Phone
 RolandPatilloGeorge Gey's student. Professor of gynecology at Morehouse.
 RebeccaSklootAuthor and Narrator.
 AlexisCarrelA French surgeon at Rockefeller Institute.
   A Miserable Specimen
 LaureAurelianGeorge Gey's colleague at Hopkins. A microbiologist.
   Turner Station
 CourtneySpeedCeated a building devoted to Henrietta.
 KeithSpeedCourtney's son.
 MikeSpeedCourtney's son.
 CyrusSpeedCourtney's son.
 TyroneSpeedCourtney's son.
 ReverendJacksonRebecca's friend.
   The Other Side of Tracks
 HectorHenryHenrietta's first cousin. Aka: Cootie.
   The Devil of Pain Itself
 EmmettLacksHenrietta's cousin.
   The Storm
 Dr.WilburA doctor who'd done the autopsy of the body of Henrietta.
   The HeLa Factory
 JonasSalkA scientist who developed the world's polio vaccine.
   NFIP - The National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis.
 WilliamSchererGeorge Gey's colleague from NFIP.
   Tuskeger Institute - Prestigious black university.
 CharlesBynumThe director of "Negro Activities".
   NIH - National Institutes of Health.
 SamuelReaderThe owner of mircobiological associates.
 MonroeVincentSamuel's business partner.
 LeonardHayflickThe world's famous cell culturist.
 CharlesPomeratGeorge Gey's long-time friend.
   Helen Lane
 JeromeSylverstonWilliam's adviser.
 RolandBergA press officer at NFIP.
 BillDavidsonA reporter from Collier Magazine.
 JosephKellyThe head of public relations at Hopkins.
   Too Young to Remember
 BobbetteCooperLawrence's girlfriend.
 Alfred CarterDeborah's husband. Aka: Cheetah.
   Spending Eternity In The Same Place
 Mourning Henrietta's great, great grandmother.
 JohnS. PleasantA man who inherited Mourning and George.
 George Mourning's husband.
 Edmund Henrietta's paternal great-grandfather.
 HenriettaPleasantThe great aunt of Henrietta Lacks.
 AlbertLacksHenrietta's maternal great-grandfather.
 WinstonLacksAlbert's brother.
 BenjaminLacksAlbert's brother.
 Roseland A woman who runs the Rosie's.
 Bobcat A white man who runs a minimart in Clover.
 CarltonLacksThe oldest white lackses in Clover.
 RubyLacksCarlton's wife and cousin.
 RobinLacksWinston, Benjamin, and Albert's father.
 LilianLacksHenrietta's youngest sister.
 GaryLacksGlady's son.
   Illegal, Immoral and Deplorable
 ChesterSouthamA well respected cancer researcher and chief of virology.
 AliceMooreChester's colleague.
 EmanuelMandelDirector of medicine at Jewish Chronic Disease Hospital.
 WilliamHymanA lawyer.
 BertilBjorklundA cancer specialist who was penalized by injecting HeLa cell.
 LouisLefkowitzThe New York State Attorney.
 HenryBeecherA Harvard anesthesiologist.
   Strangest Hybrid
 GeorgeHyattA navy doctor working with National Cancer Institute.
 LewisCoriellA renowned cell culturist.
 RobertStevensonA scientist. The President of ATCC.
 WiltonEarleThe scientist who originally grew the L-Cell.
   L-Cell - The original immortal mouse cell line. Cell number one.
 HenryHarrisA scientist who created the first human-animal hybrid cell.
 John WatkinsHenry's colleague.
   The Most Critical Time On This Earth Now
 AlfredCarter Jr.Deborah's son.
 Ivy Deborah's neighbor that Joe killed.
 June Crazy Joe's friend.
   The HeLa Bomb
 StanleyGartlerA geneticist.
 T.CHsuThe chair of Garler's conference session. Geneticist.
   Night Doctors
 PresidentClintonThe current U.S. President.
   The Fame She So Richly Deserves
 GeorgeGey Jr.George's son.
 VictorMcKusickA leading geneticist. George Gey's colleague.
 RichardNixonThe current U.S. President.
 WalterNelson-ReesThe director of cell culture in Naval Laboratory.
 J.DouglasA biologist at Brunel University.
   It's Alive
 Gardenia Bobbette's friend.
   HEW - The Department of Health, Education, and Welfare.
 LatonyaCarterDeborah's daughter.
 SusanHsuThe director of medical genetics at American Red Cross.
   Least They Can Do
 MichaelRogersA young reporter from Rolling Stone. Aka: Mike.
   HIPAA - Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act.
   Who Told You You Could Sell My Spleen
 DavidGoldeA prominent cancer researcher at UCLA.
 Ananda M.ChakrabrtyA scientist working at General Electric.
 TedSlavinA man who was born a hemophiliac in 1950.
 BaruchBlumbergA Nobel-Prize winning virologist.
 JosephWarnerThe famous judge at The People's T.V. show.
   Breach of Privacy
 JamesPullumA mechanic. Deborah's husband.
   The Secret of Immortality
 HarraldZur HausenA german virologist who discovered human pappiloma virus.
 RichardAxelA molecular biologist.
 JeremyRifkinAn author and activist.
 LeighVan ValenAn evolutionary biologist at University of Chicago.
   After London
 AdamCurtisA BBC producer in London.
 BarbaraWycheA sociologist at Morga State University.
 TerrySharrerA curator at Smithsonian National Museum of American History.
 RobertErhlich Jr.A U.S. state house of representative.
 RossJonesHopkins's assistant.
 Lord KeenanK. CofieldDeborah's relative.
 RichardKidwellOne of Hopkins's attorneys.
 GroverHutchinsThe director of autopsy service.
 JohnnieCochranO.J. Simpson's lawyer.
 JoAnnRodgersJohn Hopkins's spokeperson.
   A Vintage Henriettas
 ChristophLengauerA young Hopkins's cancer researcher.
 DavonCarterDeborah's grandson.
 AlfredCarterDeborah's grandson.
   HeLa Goddess of Death
 FranklinSalisbury Jr.President of National Foundation for Cancer Research.
   The Hospital For The Negro Insane
 PaulLurzThe hospital's director of performance and improvement.
   Nothing To Be Scared About
 JaBrea Sonny's granddaughter.