Geri Jewell

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Geri Jewell
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Geraldine Ann Jewell

(1956-09-13) September 13, 1956 (age 62)
OccupationActress, stand-up comedian
Years active1978–present
Spouse(s)Richard Pimentel, 1992-separated 1999, divorced 2002.

Geraldine Ann "Geri" Jewell (born September 13, 1956) is an American actress and stand-up comedian noted for roles on the 1980s sitcom The Facts of Life and the mid 2000s western Deadwood.[1]

Early life and career[edit]

Originally from Buffalo, New York, she is most famous for her role of Geri Tyler on the television program The Facts of Life from 1980 to 1984. This role made her the first person with a visible disability to have a recurring role on a prime-time series, as well as the first actor with cerebral palsy to be featured on a TV series.[2][3] After she dropped out of college, Jewell began her career doing stand up comedy at The Comedy Store in 1978. In 1980, she performed at the 2nd Annual Media Access Awards, when she was introduced to Norman Lear by producer, Fern Field.

Jewell appeared as the recurring character Jewel on the HBO original series Deadwood from 2004—2006.


She has been the recipient of many awards, including the 1992 Founders Award, the 2005 Independent Living Legacy Award, and a National Rehabilitation Hospital Victory Award (in 2006).[4][5]

Personal life[edit]

Keynote speaker Geri Jewell takes questions from the audience.

Her autobiography I'm Walking as Straight as I Can was published in 2011 by ECW Press. The title refers to the facts that she has cerebral palsy and is a lesbian.[1][6]

Jewell's original autobiography, Geri, published in 1984, talked about her personal and professional life.



Year Title Role Notes
1981 Nice Dreams Mental Patient Uncredited
1982 Two of a Kind Irene Television film
2006 The Night of the White Pants Aunt Lolly


Year Title Role Notes
1980 The Righteous Apples Terry Episode: "Love Has Two Left Feet"
1980–1984 The Facts of Life Geri Tyler 12 episodes
1982 I Love Liberty Herself TV special
1989 The New Lassie Dr. Rita Francis Episode: "Slumber Party"
1990 21 Jump Street Officer Rebecca Scanlon Episode: "Unfinished Business"
2004 The Young and the Restless Rose 9 episodes
2004–2006 Deadwood Jewel 23 episodes
2005 Strong Medicine Holly Episode: "Promising Treatment"
2012 Alcatraz Geri Tiller Episode: "Cal Sweeney"
2014 Glee TV Producer Episode: "The Back-Up Plan"


  • Jewell, Geri; Stewart Weiner (1984). Geri. New York: Morrow. ISBN 0-688-02452-1.
  • Jewell, Geri (2011). I'm Walking as Straight as I Can. Toronto: ECW Press. ISBN 1-55022-883-8.


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