1048 Facts of Life to Deadwood, Geri Jewell never let CP stop her! VIDEO INTERVIEW

Today’s Guest: Geri Jewell, comedian, actress, “Deadwood,” “Facts of Life”


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Mr. Media is recorded live before a studio audience of people who can’t believe the same person could have starred on both Charlotte Rae’s ‘The Facts of Life’ and David Milch’s “Deadwood”… in the NEW new media capital of the world… St. Petersburg, Florida!

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Quick Quiz: How many people do you know personally or have you ever known with Cerebral Palsy?

Question No. 2: How many people with CP have you ever heard of becoming a standup comedian?

And finally, Question No. 3: How many people with CP have ever become an actor with a recurring part on two hit TV series?

I’ll take a wild guess that few people can think of anyone as an answer to any of those questions. And let me say that my guest today, Geri Jewell, is not your typical anything.

GERI JEWELL podcast excerpt: “I rented the closet under the stairs from (comedian) Robert Schimmel. He didn’t want me to rent the closet, but I wanted the closet. I always liked the security found in small places. I was in an incubator for the first three months of my life. I could go in there and be safe. And it was easy to clean!”

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Born with CP to a loving family that rejected a doctor’s advice in the 1950s to institutionalize Geri for life, she worked hard not to be defined solely by her disability.

Geri’s path forward began on the stage of The Comedy Store on Hollywood’s Sunset Boulevard, and eventually led to several seasons as “Cousin Geri” on NBC’s top-rated “The Facts of Life” and HBO’s cult favorite “Deadwood,” on which she played “Jewell” in Al Swearingen’s popular whorehouse bar.

Geri recently published her autobiography, I’m Walking as Straight as I Can: Transcending Disability in Hollywood and Beyond, a title that references her battles with both CP and gender identity.

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Bob Andelman is the host and producer of Mr. Media® Interviews. He is also the author or co-author of 16 books, including The Wawa Way with Howard Stoeckel, Building Atlanta with Herman J. Russell, Fans Not Customers with Vernon W. Hill, founder of Commerce Bank and Metro Bank UK, Mind Over Business with Ken Baum, The Consulate with Thomas R. Stutler, The Profiler with Pat Brown, Built From Scratch with the founders of The Home Depot, The Profit Zone with Adrian Slywotzky, Mean Business with Albert J. Dunlap, and Will Eisner: A Spirited Life. Click here to see Bob Andelman's Amazon Central author page. He is a member in good standing of the American Society of Journalists and Authors (member page).