Brett Butler at the 1994 Emmy Awards
January 30, 1958
Montgomery, Alabama, U.S.
|Charles Michael Wilson (m. 1978-1981)
Ken Zieger (m. 1987-1999)
One of the first notable appearances for Butler was on Dolly Parton's ill-fated 1987 variety series, Dolly. Parton hired Butler as a writer for the remainder of the show's season, but the series was subsequently cancelled after one season of lackluster ratings.
Butler published her memoirs, titled 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.
After Grace was cancelled in 1998, Butler moved out of Los Angeles and onto a farm in Georgia where she lived with 15 pets. 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.
In October 2011, Butler appeared on The Rosie Show and reported being sober since 1998. A 2011 Hollywood Reporter article said that when the money ran out, she turned to a homeless shelter for cover. By this time Butler was attempting to make a career comeback, and was working on developing a reality TV show about her self-professed psychic abilities and performing at the Downtown Comedy Club in Los Angeles.
|1993||The Child Ain't Right||Herself||Showtime Stand-Up Comedy special|
|2000||Bruno||Sister Della Rosa|
|2005||Mrs. Harris||Tarnowner Ex #1||Television film|
|2005||Vampire Bats||Shelly Beaudraux||Television film|
|2014||Beach Cougar Gigolo||Melinda Maxwell||Pre-production|
|2014||Anchor Baby||Ruth Chu||Pre-production|
|2018||Friday's Child||Ms. LeField|
|1993-1998||Grace Under Fire||Grace Kelly||112 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)
|1995||Women of the House||Brett Butler||Episode: "Women in Film"|
|1995||The Larry Sanders Show||Brett Butler||Episode: "I Was a Teenage Lesbian"|
|1997||The Drew Carey Show||Grace Kelly||Episode: "Drew Gets Married"|
|1997||Ellen||Grace Kelly||Episode: "Secrets & Ellen"|
|1997||Coach||Grace Kelly||Episode: "Viva Las Ratings"|
|2005||My Name Is Earl||Connie Darville||Episode: "White Lie Christmas"|
|2012||Archer||Trish||Episode: "Space Race - Part 2"|
|2012||The Young and the Restless||Beth Hortense||9 episodes|
|2012-2014||Anger Management||Brett||38 episodes|
|2015-2017||The Leftovers||Sandy||Episodes: "No Room at the Inn" + "Don't Be Ridiculous"|
|2016||How To Get Away With Murder||Michaela's adoptive Mom Trishelle ||Episode 35: "It's About Frank"
Episode 36: "Is Someone Really Dead?"
Episode 39: "Who's Dead?"
|2018||The Walking Dead (TV Series)||TBA||Season 9|