Felicia Pearson's revealing memoir -- The star of HBO's ''The Wire'' writes about her time in prison and her career in ''Grace After Midnight''

October 26, 2007 at 04:00 AM EDT

Felicia Pearson’s revealing memoir

Felicia ”Snoop” Pearson doesn’t just play a coldhearted thug on HBO’s Baltimore-based crime drama, The Wire; she used to be one in real life. Her memoir, Grace After Midnight, co-written with David Ritz, traces the openly gay Baltimore native’s remarkable odyssey from drug runner to Jessup state penitentiary inmate to breakout TV star.

After serving five years in prison for second-degree murder, Pearson had just quit a job at a car wash when she met The Wire star Michael K. Williams at a club; he invited her to the set, where she screen-tested. An actress was born. In addition to returning for the show’s fifth and final season, which begins in January, the aspiring rapper recently shot the indie thriller Hood Related. But at age 27, isn’t Pearson awfully young for an autobiography? ”People been talking like, ‘Oh, she was locked up for murder,”’ she explains. ”I was like, ‘Man, f —‘ — oh, excuse my language — ‘forget this!’ I want to tell my story while it’s fresh.”

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