On Saturday, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce will announce the honorees to receive stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2020 — and many are hoping trailblazing actress and stand-up comic Geri Jewell will be among the lucky ones!
Jewell made TV history as the first actor with cerebral palsy to be cast in a recurring role on episodic television, a feat that in and of itself makes her worthy of the star — and more.
Discovered by Norman Lear and cast as Geri Tyler, the cousin of rich snob Blair Warner (Lisa Whelchel), Jewell appeared on a dozen episodes of the classic series "The Facts of Life" from 1980-1984, attracting a large fanbase and setting herself up for her future role as a motivational speaker.
She published an inspirational memoir in 1984 entitled "Geri," and a follow-up in 2011 called "I'm Walking as Straight as I Can," a play on both her cerebral palsy and her decision to come out as a lesbian.
Jewell, now 62, went on to roles on "The Young and the Restless" (2004) and "Child of the '70s" (2013) and a memorable, 23-episode appearance as Jewel on the hit "Deadwood," a part written specifically for her by David Milch. She recently brought Jewel back to life in "Deadwood: The Movie," which aired in May.