Wednesday, April 03, 2013

TV CONFIDENTIAL Archives: Week of Mar. 27-Apr. 2, 2013

Show No. 179 with guest Geri Jewell
Original Airdate: Week of Mar. 27-Apr. 2, 2013
First hour: Tony Figueroa and Donna Allen remember the 40th anniversary of the night that civil rights activist Sacheen Littlefeather refused to accept the Best Actor Oscar on behalf of Marlon Brando, the 50th anniversary of the premiere of General Hospital, and the fifth anniversary of the death of Academy Award-winning actor Charlton Heston. Also in this hour: Ed discusses the reported move of production of The Tonight Show to New York in 2014 in the event that NBC names Jimmy Fallon as host to succeed Jay Leno. Second hour: Ed welcomes actress, comedienne, author and motivational speaker Geri Jewell. Geri made television history on Dec. 24, 1980 when she first appeared as Cousin Geri on The Facts of Life, the first character with a disability to appear on a regular basis on a prime time network series, while also continuing to break ground as a stand-up comedienne in such noted venues as The Comedy Store and The Improv. Geri’s book, I’m Walking as Straight as I Can: Transcending Disability in Hollywood and Beyond, is a very candid and poignant look at some of the obstacles that Geri has had to overcome throughout her life and career — some of which had to do with living with cerebral palsy, some of which had to accepting her sexuality, but a lot of which had to do with the nature of people and the entertainment industry itself.
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