Facts of Life Star Reveals: I'm a Lesbian!

Celebrity Body Jan. 28, 2011 AT 11:32AM
Facts of Life Star Reveals: I'm a Lesbian! Credit: Michael Schwartz/WireImage.com

Eighties sitcom star Geri Jewell publicly comes out as a lesbian in her upcoming memoir, I'm Walking as Straight as I Can.

Best known for her role as Blair's (Lisa Whelchel) cousin Geri on the Facts of Life, Jewell, 54, was the first person with a disability to appear regularly on prime-time television. And the show didn't shy away from her condition; Jewell's character often said, "I'm not drunk, I have cerebral palsy."

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In her book, which hits stores April 1, Jewell discusses discrimination she encountered in the industry, as well as her money problems, marital woes, addiction and eventual recovery.

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"To get film roles while being disabled is definitely a challenge," said the actress, who recently appeared on Deadwood. "I'm proud of being a role model."

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