Butler, Brett

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Butler, Brett Gender: F
born on 30 January 1958 at 18:00 (= 6:00 PM )
Place Montgomery, Alabama, 32n22, 86w18
Timezone CST h6w (is standard time)
Data source
From memory
Rodden Rating A
Collector: Rodden
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_aqucol.18.gif 10°37' s_mo.18.gif s_gemcol.18.gif 14°02 Asc.s_leocol.18.gif 20°33'

Brett Butler
photo: Alan Light, license cc-by-2.0


American comedienne who moved into massive popularity with her TV series, "Grace Under Fire," 1994, which hit the top-ten list.

The eldest of three girls, she was four when her dad left. Her mom remarried twice and had two more daughters; Butler took her step dad's name. Her strong independent streak was encouraged by her mom, but she encountered a tough problem when she fell in love with a steel worker at age 19. Marriage to him meant painful abuse for three long years, during which time she learned to drink to numb the pain. When Butler took a wrench one day in 1981 and debated whether or not to kill him, she decided that it was time to leave.

Butler moved to Houston, where she explored venues of self worth and strength. Waiting tables at a local dive, she got a reputation for feisty put-downs. Customers suggested that she do stand-up comedy. Soon, Butler was venting at small local clubs, then catching club-gigs across the country, living out of suitcases. In 1988, she landed a spot on the "Tonight Show."

Butler dyed her hair blonde and married her second husband, lawyer Ken Ziegler, in 1987. With a hit show, she lives on a different coast than her husband, which puts a strain on the relationship. They have no kids and she doesn't cook, but her house is perfectly neat. Butler is known as being direct with a gritty and in-your-face honesty.

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • Relationship : End significant relationship 1981 (Left abusive relationship)
  • Relationship : Marriage 1987 (Second marriage, Ken Ziegler)
  • Social : Great Publicity 1988 (Spot on Tonight Show)
  • Work : Begin Major Project 1994 (Start of "Grace Under Fire")

Source Notes

Sue Culhane quotes her, "She said there was a debate about whether the time was 6:00 or 6:01, and she is positive that 6:00 PM is the correct time"

Autobiography, "Knee Deep in Paradise"


  • Diagnoses : Psychological : Abuse Alcohol (Rehab)
  • Family : Childhood : Order of birth (First of three girls)
  • Family : Relationship : Marriage less than 3 Yrs (Three years in abusive first marriage)
  • Family : Relationship : Stress - Domestic violence (Abused)
  • Vocation : Entertainment : Actor/ Actress
  • Vocation : Entertainment : Comedy (Stand-up)
  • Vocation : Entertainment : TV series/ Soap star (Grace Under Fire)
  • Vocation : Food and Beverage : Waiter/ Waitress
  • Notable : Book Collection : Profiles Of Women