Birthplace: Montgomery, Alabama
Comic actress who produced and starred in Grace Under Fire(1993–98), a TV sitcom about a sharp-witted single mom struggling to bring up three children. Butler got her break when, in 1987, she appeared as a stand-up comic on Dolly Parton's Variety Show and was hired as a writer on the show. For her work on Grace Under Fire, she received two Golden Globe nominations (1995, 1997). She won the Viewers for Quality TV Award for Best Actress in a Quality Comedy Series (1995). She continues to guest-star on TV sitcoms. She battled substance abuse after the cancellation of her show.