Geri Jewell, who is best known to people as placing an actress on series “The Facts of Life” as Geri, has come out of the closet. She revealed the news her autobiography, which will be published soon. Speaking of Jewell, did you know that she was the first person with a physical disability to get a recurring role in primetime television?. Anyway, the memoir is named ‘ I’m Walking as Straight as I Can: Transcending Disability in Hollywood and Beyond’, and is going to be published in April this year. This is the first time she talked about her sexual orientation.
According to reliable sources, the actress was born with the ailment cerebral palsy. In her upcoming memoir she will touch upon various professional achievements in her career and also swell with some facets of her personal life. She performed at the White House in 1985. In HBO’s Deadwood her portrayal of the abused maid Jewel also earned her accolades from the viewers and critics alike. That does not mean her life was without struggle and strifes. She had to deal with severe problems like tax, drug addiction, marital woes and a near fatal accident. All these will be narrated in her autobiography. Of course, there will be the chapter on her orientation as well.
Like many of the actors of her generation, Geri Jewell has had to keep her sexuality suppressed for a long time, owing to the norms of the industry. “The Facts of Life”, the coming of age sitcom, proved to be a turning point in her career.