Monday 27 April 2015

Geri Jewell (American actress, motivational speaker, and disability & diversity consultant)

* Geri Jewell was the first person with a disability to have a regular role on a prime time American TV series, when she played Cousin Geri, on the sitcom The Facts of Life from 1980 to 1984. The title of her autobiography, I’m Walking As Straight As I Can refers to both Jewell’s lesbianism and cerebral palsy.

Uranus in a chart can indicate how a person handles their difference (and other people's reactions to it). Jewell has Uranus personalised in dramatic Leo through a conjunction with Venus, the ruler of her Libran Ascendant. She has seen two sides of Uranus: "the relentless discrimination and abuse she suffered at the hands of people she trusted" in show business, and the joy of becoming an outspoken advocate for people with disabilities.


BIRTH DATA: 13 September 1956, 08:34 (8:34 am) EDT (+4), Buffalo, New York, USA (42n53, 78w52). ASC: 9 Libra. RR: B (from autobiography). SOURCE: Sy Scholfield quotes her in "I'm Walking as Straight as I Can: Transcending Disability in Hollywood and Beyond" by Geri Jewell, Ted Nichelson, and Patty Duke (ECW Press, 2011): "In 1956 . . . My mother was rushed to the Sisters Hospital in Buffalo . . . On the morning of September 13 at 8:34 a.m., I came into the world with a faint heartbeat..."

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