Brett Butler (actress)

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Brett Butler
Brett Butler at the 1994 Emmy Awards
Born Brett Anderson
(1958-01-30) January 30, 1958 (age 57)
Montgomery, Alabama, U.S.
Occupation Actress/Comedian
Years active 1987–present
Spouse(s) Charles Michael Wilson (1978–1981)
Ken Zieger (1987–1999)

Brett Butler (born January 30, 1958) is an American actress, writer, and stand-up comedian, best known for playing the title role in the comedy series Grace Under Fire.[1][2]

Early life[edit]

Butler was born Brett Anderson in Montgomery, Alabama, the eldest of five sisters. Before experiencing success as a stand-up comic, she worked as a cocktail waitress.[2][3]


One of the first notable appearances for Butler was on Dolly Parton's ill-fated 1987 variety series, Dolly. Parton subsequently hired Butler as a writer for the remainder of the show's season, before it was canceled.

She was the star of the ABC television show Grace Under Fire from 1993 to 1998. In February 1998, due to her erratic behavior stemming from substance abuse, she was dismissed from the show.[4][5]

Butler published her memoirs, entitled Knee Deep in Paradise, in 1996. The book was started before attaining her celebrity status, and candidly addresses much of this time frame, ending the autobiography before Grace Under Fire's television debut.[citation needed]

In 2008, Butler headlined at an arts fundraiser and spoke freely with a reporter about her depression, past drug addiction, television work and current life on a farm. She also expressed interest in writing another book.[6]

In October 2011, Butler appeared on The Rosie Show and reported being sober since 1998.[7]

Beginning in June 2012, Butler appeared in a recurring role on the CBS soap The Young and the Restless playing ex-psychiatrist Tim Reed's girlfriend.

In Butler also has a recurring role as the bartender at the restaurant that Charlie Goodson frequents in the FX show Anger Management starring Charlie Sheen.



Year Title Role Notes
1993 The Child Ain't Right Unknown Television film
2000 Bruno Sister Della Rosa
2000 Militia Bobbi
2005 Mrs. Harris Tarnowner Ex #1 Television film
2006 Moochers Host Television film
2014 Beach Cougar Gigolo Melinda Maxwell Pre-production
2014 Anchor Baby Ruth Chu Pre-production


Year Title Role Notes
1988 Dolly Rhonda Episode: "1.15"
1993–1998 Grace Under Fire Grace Kelly 112 episodes
People's Choice Award for Favorite Female Performer in a New TV Series
Viewers for Quality Television Award for Best Actress in a Quality Comedy Series
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy (1995, 1997)
Nominated—Viewers for Quality Television Award for Best Actress in a Quality Comedy Series (1994, 1996–97)
1995 Women of the House Brett Butler Episode: "Women in Film"
1995 The Larry Sanders Show Brett Butler Episode: "I Was a Teenage Lesbian"
1997 The Drew Carey Show Grace Kelly Episode: "Drew Gets Married"
1997 Ellen Grace Kelly Episode: "Secrets & Ellen"
1997 Coach Grace Kelly Episode: "Viva Las Ratings"
2005 My Name Is Earl Connie Darville Episode: "White Lie Christmas"
2012 Archer Trish Episode: "Space Race - Part 2"
2012 The Young and the Restless Beth Hortense 9 episodes
2012–2014 Anger Management Brett 38 episodes


  1. ^ Baldwin, Kristen (1996-11-22). "Butler Did It". Entertainment Weekly. 
  2. ^ a b Schwarzbaum, Lisa (1994-10-07). "Brett Butler: More Power To Her". Entertainment Weekly. 
  3. ^ Schwarzbaum, Lisa (1994-12-30). "Entertainer 11: Brett Butler". Entertainment Weekly. 
  4. ^ Miller, D. Patrick (2003). "Fame, Fire and Surrender". Retrieved 2010-04-13. 
  5. ^ Lanzendorfer, Joy (2004-08-18). "Funny Lady". North Bay Bohemian. Retrieved 2010-04-13. 
  6. ^ "Spitfire: Comic Brett Butler set to take the stage in Santa Fe" October 23, 2008
  7. ^ O'Donnell, Rosie (host) (2011-10-26). "Brett Butler and Frank DeCaro". The Rosie Show. Season 1. Episode 13. OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network. 

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