Actress Geri Jewell, who played Geri Warner for three years on the NBC sitcom The Facts of Life, has come out gay, Fox News reported.

In her upcoming memoir I'm Walking As Straight As I Can, the 54-year-old actress announced she's a lesbian.

Jewell was the first person with cerebral palsy to appear in a recurring role on prime-time television.

Jewell began her career doing stand up comedy in the late 70s. After The Facts of Life she went on to star in Fox's teenage drama 21 Jump Street, CBS' daytime soap The Young and the Restless and HBO's Western drama Deadwood.

In her book, she also talks about her career as a stand-up comic, tax problems, a broken marriage and substance abuse problems.

I'm Walking As Straight As I Can – whose title plays on both her condition and sexual orientation – is due out April 1 by ECW Press.

Jewell joins a growing number of celebrities who have decided to talk about their sexuality in a memoir, including skating champ Johnny Weir, actress Portia DeGeneres, country music star Chely Wright and pop singer Ricky Martin.