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Geraldine Ann Jewell (born September 13, 1956) is an American actress who portrayed Jewel on HBO's Deadwood, and later reprised her role in Deadwood: The Movie.


Originally from Buffalo, New York, she is most notable 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.[1]

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.[1]

Jewell appeared as the recurring character Jewel on the HBO original series Deadwood from 2004—2006 and in its 2019 film continuation.[1]


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  • Nice Dreams as Mental Patient (1981)
  • Two of a Kind as Irene (TV Movie, 1982)
  • The Night of the White Pants as Aunt Lolly (2006)
  • Pie Head: A Kinda' True Story as Ms. Funker (2012)
  • Deadwood: The Movie as Jewel (TV Movie, 2019)
  • Carol of the Bells as Gloria (2019)

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  • The Righteous Apples as Terry (1980)
  • The Facts of Life as Geri Tyler (1980-1984)
  • Sesame Street as Herself (1985)
  • 21 Jump Street as Officer Rebecca Scanlon (1990)
  • The New Lassie as Dr. Rita Francis (1991)
  • The Young and the Restless as Rose (2004)
  • Deadwood as Jewel (2004-2006)
  • Strong Medicine as Holly (2005)
  • Alcatraz as Geri Tiller (2012)
  • Child of the '70s as Herself (2013)
  • My Gimpy Life as Geri (2014)
  • Glee as TV Producer (2014)

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