Brett Butler

Actor, Comedian, Writer
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 ... Read more »
Born: 01/30/1958 in Montgomery, Alabama, USA

Filmography

Actor (55)

Firedog 2014 (Movie)

Norma Jean/Holstein Cow (Voice)

Halfway Decent 2014 (Movie)

Bonnie (Actor)

Why We Laugh: Funny Women 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Actor

Archer 2012 (Tv Show)

Voice

Celebrity Ghost Stories 1993 - 1998, 2003 - 2004, 2010 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Grace Under Fire 1993 - 1998, 2003 - 2004, 2010 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Celebrity Poker Showdown 2003 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

100 Greatest Stand-Ups of All Time 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Ellen 1993 - 1998, 2003 - 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

Last Comic Standing 1993 - 1998, 2003 - 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Drew Carey Show 1993 - 1998, 2003 - 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Great American Celebrity Spelling Bee 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Heroes Of Comedy: Women On Top 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Bruno 2000 (Movie)

Sister Della Rosa (Actor)

Chicken Soup For the Soul 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Roseanne: The E! True Hollywood Story 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Brett Butler: The E! True Hollywood Story 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Storytime 1993 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The 1996 Emmy Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

A Gala For the President at Ford's Theatre 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

American Dreamers 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Comic Relief VII 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

The 22nd Annual People's Choice Awards 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

46th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Brett Butler: "Sold Out" 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel (04/02/95) 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

State of the Union Undressed '95 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

TV Laughs at Life Hosted By Brett Butler 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

The 9th Annual American Comedy Awards 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

The Barbara Walters Special (11/09/94) 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

The Second Annual Comedy Hall of Fame 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Who Makes You Laugh? 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Will You Marry Me? III 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

A Gala For the President at Ford's Theatre 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

ABC's 40th Anniversary Special 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Best of Showtime Comedy Club Network 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Brett Butler: The Child Ain't Right 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Comic Relief VI 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Growing Up Funny 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

How I Spent My Summer Vacation 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Montreal International Comedy Festival '94 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

The 8th Annual American Comedy Awards 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

The A-List 1991 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Women Aloud 1991 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Lovelaughs 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

It's Just a Ride (TV Show)

Actor

Militia (TV Show)

Actor

Mrs. Harris (TV Show)

Actor

Vampire Bats (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

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.

Relationships

Roland Decatur Anderson Jr

Father
married Butler's mother in 1957 divorced in 1962 had three children with Butler's mother died 1979

Katy Butler

Half-Sister

Kristen Butler

Half-Sister

Tana Anderson

Sister
younger

Toren Anderson

Sister
born c. 1961

Bob Butler

Step-Father
had two more children with Butler's mother married 1963 divorced 1971

Carol O'Quinn

Mother
married three times had psychological problems attempted suicide was in and out of mental hospitals

Charles Wilson

Husband
married 1978 divorced 1981

Ken Ziegler

Husband
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

EDUCATION

finished high school through night classes

University of Georgia

Athens , Georgia 1975
attended for one semester

Milestones

2000

Resumed standup comedy career

2000

Appeared in two-week stint in the Off-Broadway play "The Vagina Monolgues"

2000

Made pilot for ABC sitcom tentatively titled "Homecoming Queen"

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

1997

Entered rehab for addiction to prescription painkillers

1993

Starred in her own ABC sitcom, "Grace Under Fire"

1993

Starred in "Brett Butler: The Child Ain't Right", a Showtime comedy special

1991

Featured with four other comediennes on "Love Laughs", a Lifetime special about relationships

1988

Worked as a writer and occasional performer on "Dolly", Dolly Parton's short-lived ABC variety show

1984

Began performing on the NYC comedy circuit (date approximate)

Performed over 1,000 shows in two years

Moved to Texas after her first marriage was over and began performing comedy

Performed her first comedy routine in a school pageant at the age of eight

Left the South for the first time; drove to NYC

Bonus Trivia

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Butler writes short stories and poetry in her spare time.

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

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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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