Geri Jewell started her acting career as the personal choice of famed producer Norman Lear for her role as Cousin Geri on the television series “The Facts of Life”. With this role she became the first person with a visible disability to become a regular performer on a national television show. During her run on the show she broke important new ground by addressing issues of disability awareness. Ms. Jewell performs on the comedy circuit and has appeared on VH1 and A&E in addition to her on-going speaking tours to college campuses, associations, corporations, and government agencies. She has opened for stars such as Robert Goulet, Paul Anka, and Judy Collins, and has appeared in several films and on many television shows.