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 56)
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 1993–1998. 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]

Recent events[edit]

  • 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.[6] She also expressed interest in writing another book.[citation needed]
  • In October 2011, Butler appeared on The Rosie Show and reported being sober since 1999.
  • 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 June 2012, Butler also has a recurring role as the bartender at the restaurant that Dr. Charlie Goodson frequents in the FX show Anger Management starring Charlie Sheen.


  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. ^ [1]

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