The Southern California Motion Picture Council, Geri Jewell
This candid memoir details her experiences from her traumatic birth in Buffalo, New York, to her rise to stardom as a stand-up comic to becoming a television star. She documents the harsh realities of show business by recounting the relentless discrimination and abuse she suffered at the hands of people she trusted. Her experiences in the shark-infested waters of Hollywood led her on a journey from the Comedy Store to the White House, followed by a downward spiral, tax problems, drug addiction, marriage, and an accident that nearly claimed her life.
The final chapters reveal Jewell's fall from the top and present her inspiring resurgence from the brink of despair. Rising from the ashes she speaks about the importance of landing a role in HBO's hit series Deadwood. Through her tears and triumphs she is transformed to a shining symbol of hope for anyone who dares to follow their dreams. I'm Walking As Straight As I Can is an amazing story told with grace and self-deprecating humor, one that gives readers a true glimpse of true courage and perseverance.
Among numerous upcoming projects, Ms. Jewell announced that inspired and encouraged by her friend Alison Arngrim, she will also be touring with a new one woman show later this year. Jewell is also pioneering yet another entertainment field in "Child of the '70s" (Geri Jewell Guest Stars on Season 2 of "Child of the 70s" (Sneak Peak)), a brand new web sitcom created by and starring Michael Vaccaro, with Bruce Vilanch, Ann Walker, Audrey Landers, Susan Olsen, Leo Forte, Terry Ray, David Zimmerman, Natalie Toro, Sebastian LaCause and Duane Boutte, with special re-occuring guest appearances by Donna Pescow from "Angie."
Photo credits: Michael Schwibs
Kelsey Collins, Rose Marie, Geri Jewell (with award), Alison Arngrim and Margaret O'Brien
Ja'net BuBois is awarded the "Outstanding achievement in music" award by Randal Malone
Geri Jewell holds her Lifetime Achievement Award