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Brett Butler (born January 30, 1958) is an Americanmarker actress and stand-up comedienne, best known for playing the title role in comedy series Grace Under Fire.

Early life and career

Butler was born Brett Anderson in Montgomery, Alabamamarker. She was the oldest of five sisters. Before experiencing success as a stand-up comic, she worked as a cocktail waitress.

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.

During the run of Grace Under Fire Butler developed a reputation for allegedly difficult, unprofessional behavior on the set, and constantly clashed with producers and writers. The situation deteriorated so substantially that co-star Julie White did not appear in the last season of the show.

Recent News

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.


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.


  • At one point, the Grace Under Fire star said of Walt Disney: "His last words were, 'Whatever you do, don't let the Jews get the place.' And then they went and bought it."
  • "I would like it if men had to partake in the same hormonal cycles to which we're subjected monthly. Maybe that's why men declare war - because they have a need to bleed on a regular basis."
  • "After reading A Funny Time to Be Gay, I passed from being entertained to being inspired."


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