After a very rewarding career in Hollywood, we now hear some personal details about Geri Jewell. The actress best known from â€śThe Facts of Lifeâ€ť has made a lesbian confession. Her new book ‘I’m Walking As Straight As I Can’ talks about that and her life with cerebral palsy. For more on this story, with photos and videos, keep reading below.
In her memoir she talks about the challenges of her life and how she pushed through those and became a television legend. She was the first disabled person to get a recurring role in a sitcom and has used her influence to help others.
The 54 year old woman began her career as a stand up comedian, before being cast on â€śThe Facts of Life.â€ť On December 24, 1980 she became the first disabled person to star in a show. After this series she has also been on others such as â€śTwo of a Kind,â€ť â€śThe Young and the Restlessâ€ť and HBO’s â€śDeadwoodâ€ť (2003-2006). Geri Jewell has also received many awards and done motivational speeches and training for some top companies and the government.
Now she makes a lesbian confession, among other things, in her book. ‘I’m Walking As Straight As I Can’ does not only address her romantic life, but it obviously talks about her condition. Cerebral palsy is a brain disorder that affects the part involved with body movement, but it can also impair communication and perception. Along with this, she also discusses financial issues, marital problems and drug addictions as well.
This amazing woman has made a big impact on the world since the 80′s and now there are many more opportunities for disabled or handicapped individuals to follow in her footsteps. On a related note, many people were upset when they found out the actor who plays Artie in â€śGleeâ€ť is not disabled in real life. The times are still evolving, but the more people like this woman speak out, the more progress we will have.
What do you think about Geri Jewell’s career and her new book where she makes a lesbian confession? Why do you think she held it in for so long? Enjoy these pictures and video from her first appearance, then leave me your comments below.
Photos: www.wenn.com/Katherine Christine, Saro Ghookasian, Nikki Nelson