Geri Jewell from 'Facts of Life' comes out as a lesbian, talks about acting with cerebral palsy
Geri Jewell's "I'm Walking As Straight As I Can: Transcending Disability in Hollywood and Beyond" finds the actress openly discussing her cerebral palsy, her status as the first person with a disability to have a recurring role on a prime-time TV series and admitting that she's a lesbian.
Broadway World reports that the book, due April 1, follows Jewell's beginnings in stand-up comedy to her work on television. She explores her many trials -- including backstabbing agents, tax issues, addiction, an unsuccessful marriage and a tragic accident -- that brought her to a place where she feels comfortable telling her story.
We think there's a happy ending, though. Fans of "Deadwood" recognize Jewell from her professional resurgence on the series. Co-star Ian McShane provides a nice blurb for the book jacket, which sort of warms our heart.