An article going around the internet earlier this week caught me attention: Geri Jewell: The Woman who broke barriers for disabled women on tv. I was a huge fan of The Facts of Life and had to watch some of the youtube video where they introduce Geri as Blair’s cousin – a comedian and actor with cerebral palsy. I felt kind of happy to picture myself as a young child watching this episode and having it equip me with some familiarity with people with disabilities.
I had to see what Geri was up to today. Since her time on facts of life she continued with more television gigs (including the Young and the Restless and Deadwood). She also continued performing standup and became a motivational speaker. She release a memoir about her life in 2011.
She said any actor, disabled or not, should remember that the road to success means pushing beyond comfort zones and believing in oneself.
“People who don’t get out of their comfort zone don’t grow,” she said. “I don’t believe in failure; I believe there are setbacks that are put into our path to teach us something and move us in a different direction.”