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Also Known As: Brett Anderson Died:
Born: January 30, 1958 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Montgomery, Alabama, USA Profession: actor, comedian, writer

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Promoted as "a good ol' girl" version of Lenny Bruce, this bleached blonde, acid-tongued and sharp-witted comic made a name for herself in stand-up comedy before landing her own sitcom, "Grace Under Fire" (ABC, 1993-98). Named after Lady Brett Ashley in Ernest Hemingway's "The Sun Also Rises," Butler describes herself as "proletarian, but literate" and that intelligence shines through in her material. Her potentially devastating put-downs of sexists, racists, and others who get her goat is softened somewhat by her Southern accent and sunny demeanor. Born in Alabama and raised in Georgia, Butler began her comedy career in Texas night spots. She claims to have performed over 1,000 shows in a two-year period. Leaving the South for the first time, Butler drove her 1969 Grand Prix to NYC where she became a fixture on the comedy circuit. Butler broke into TV as a writer and occasional performer on "Dolly" (ABC, 1988), Dolly Parton's short-lived variety series. She went on to talk show appearances and cable comedy specials before starring in her own show. From the creators of "Roseanne," "Grace Under Fire" is the story of a plucky woman's efforts to support and raise her three young children as a working...

Promoted as "a good ol' girl" version of Lenny Bruce, this bleached blonde, acid-tongued and sharp-witted comic made a name for herself in stand-up comedy before landing her own sitcom, "Grace Under Fire" (ABC, 1993-98). Named after Lady Brett Ashley in Ernest Hemingway's "The Sun Also Rises," Butler describes herself as "proletarian, but literate" and that intelligence shines through in her material. Her potentially devastating put-downs of sexists, racists, and others who get her goat is softened somewhat by her Southern accent and sunny demeanor.

Born in Alabama and raised in Georgia, Butler began her comedy career in Texas night spots. She claims to have performed over 1,000 shows in a two-year period. Leaving the South for the first time, Butler drove her 1969 Grand Prix to NYC where she became a fixture on the comedy circuit. Butler broke into TV as a writer and occasional performer on "Dolly" (ABC, 1988), Dolly Parton's short-lived variety series. She went on to talk show appearances and cable comedy specials before starring in her own show. From the creators of "Roseanne," "Grace Under Fire" is the story of a plucky woman's efforts to support and raise her three young children as a working mother. Butler's ongoing problems with substance abuse (reportedly an addiction to prescription painkillers) forced the star to undergo treatment at least twice in the late 1990s. The second time, in 1998, forced the cancellation of her sitcom.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Comedian, The (2016)
2.
 Mrs. Harris (2006)
3.
 Vampire Bats (2005)
4.
 Militia (2000)
5.
 Bruno (2000)
6.
10.
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1991:
Featured with four other comediennes on "Love Laughs", a Lifetime special about relationships
1998:
Production of "Grace Under Fire" was suspended allegedly because of Butler's ongoing substance abuse problems; Butler reportedly entered rehab again for substance abuse treatment
1993:
Starred in her own ABC sitcom, "Grace Under Fire"
1984:
Began performing on the NYC comedy circuit (date approximate)
1997:
Entered rehab for addiction to prescription painkillers
2000:
Made pilot for ABC sitcom tentatively titled "Homecoming Queen"
2000:
Appeared in two-week stint in the Off-Broadway play "The Vagina Monolgues"
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Left the South for the first time; drove to NYC
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Performed her first comedy routine in a school pageant at the age of eight
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Performed over 1,000 shows in two years
1988:
Worked as a writer and occasional performer on "Dolly", Dolly Parton's short-lived ABC variety show
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Moved to Texas after her first marriage was over and began performing comedy
2000:
Resumed standup comedy career
1993:
Starred in "Brett Butler: The Child Ain't Right", a Showtime comedy special
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Education

University of Georgia: Athens, Georgia - 1975

Notes

Butler writes short stories and poetry in her spare time.

In October 1996, she announced that she would seek treatment (on an outpatient basis) for an addiction to prescription painkillers.

When shooting commenced on episodes for the 1997-98 season, Butler complained of back problems and shooting was shut down. It was later announced that she was once again undergoing treatment for addiction to prescription pain killers.

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husband:
Charles Michael Wilson. Steelworker. Married 1978; divorced 1981.
husband:
Ken Ziegler. Contract attorney. Born c. 1962; met in 1984 at New York City's Catch a Rising Star, where he played bass with the house band; married 1987; separated 1993; reconciled in 1994.

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father:
Roland Decatur Anderson Jr. Oil company executive. Married Butler's mother in 1957; divorced in 1962; had three children with Butler's mother; died 1979.
mother:
Carol Jean O'Quinn. Married three times; had psychological problems; attempted suicide; was in and out of mental hospitals.
step-father:
Bob Butler. Traveling insurance salesman. Had two more children with Butler's mother; married 1963; divorced 1971.
sister:
Toren Anderson. Events planner. Born c. 1961.
sister:
Tana Anderson. Younger.
half-sister:
Kristen Butler.
half-sister:
Katy Butler.
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"Knee Deep in Paradise" Hyperion

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