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