Brett Butler (actress)

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Brett Butler
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Brett Butler at the 1994 Emmy Awards
BornBrett Anderson
(1958-01-30) January 30, 1958 (age 56)
Montgomery, Alabama, U.S.
OccupationActress/Comedian
Years active1987–present
Spouse(s)Charles Michael Wilson (1978–1981)
Ken Zieger (1987–1999)
Website
BrettButler.com
 
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Brett Butler
BrettButler.jpg
Brett Butler at the 1994 Emmy Awards
BornBrett Anderson
(1958-01-30) January 30, 1958 (age 56)
Montgomery, Alabama, U.S.
OccupationActress/Comedian
Years active1987–present
Spouse(s)Charles Michael Wilson (1978–1981)
Ken Zieger (1987–1999)
Website
BrettButler.com

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]

Career[edit]

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]

Book[edit]

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]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1993The Child Ain't RightUnknownTelevision film
2000BrunoSister Della Rosa
2000MilitiaBobbi
2005Mrs. HarrisTarnowner Ex #1Television film
2006MoochersHostTelevision film
2014Beach Cougar GigoloMelinda MaxwellPre-production
2014Anchor BabyRuth ChuPre-production

Television[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1988DollyRhondaEpisode: "1.15"
1993–1998Grace Under FireGrace Kelly112 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)
1995Women of the HouseBrett ButlerEpisode: "Women in Film"
1995The Larry Sanders ShowBrett ButlerEpisode: "I Was a Teenage Lesbian"
1997The Drew Carey ShowGrace KellyEpisode: "Drew Gets Married"
1997EllenGrace KellyEpisode: "Secrets & Ellen"
1997CoachGrace KellyEpisode: "Viva Las Ratings"
2005My Name Is EarlConnie DarvilleEpisode: "White Lie Christmas"
2012ArcherTrishEpisode: "Space Race - Part 2"
2012The Young and the RestlessBeth Hortense9 episodes
2012–presentAnger ManagementBrett27 episodes

References[edit]

  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". www.fearlessbooks.com. Retrieved 2010-04-13. 
  5. ^ Lanzendorfer, Joy (2004-08-18). "Funny Lady". North Bay Bohemian. Retrieved 2010-04-13. 
  6. ^ a b Spitfire Santafe.com Oct. 23, 2008

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