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Brett Butler Biography

Birth Name:
Brett Ashley Anderson
Birth Place:
Montgomery, Alabama, United States
Profession
Actor, comedian

Fast Facts

  • After escaping an abusive marriage in her early 20s, she worked as a waitress and was encouraged to try stand-up comedy at local clubs around Texas
  • Relocated to New York, where she subsequently made her first comedic appearance on The Tonight Show in 1987
  • Broke into television with a stint writing for ABC's variety show Dolly (1987-88), starring Dolly Parton
  • Headlined the ABC sitcom Grace Under Fire (1993-98) until production of the series was forced to shut down reportedly due to her decision to enter rehab a second time to face substance-abuse issues
  • In 1996, her autobiography, Knee Deep in Paradise, was published

Awards

  • 1997Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy: nominated
  • 1995Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy: nominated
  • 1994People's Choice Awards-Favorite Female Performer in a New TV Series: winner

Relationships

  • Charles Wilson -- Ex-husband
  • Kenneth Ziegler -- Ex-husband
  • Roland Decatur Anderson Jr. -- Father
  • Carol -- Mother