05:51 PM EDT 12/22/2014
Originally posted 01/28/2011 05:30PM
She was the endearing and plucky cousin Geri on the 1980s coming-of-age sitcom The Facts of Life, showing people with disabilities in an empowering light.
But actress and comedian Geri Jewell, who has cerebral palsy, reveals in a new memoir how much she struggled growing up with a disability and how she wrestled with her sexuality, and reveals she is a lesbian.
In I'm Walking As Straight As I Can: Transcending Disability in Hollywood and Beyond, Jewell writes about the winding path she took from her birth in Buffalo, N.Y., to her career as a stand-up comic to her role as the first person with a disability to have a recurring role on TV.
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