‘The bloody pain, in the end, was really hard, I lost my mind. The drugs will do it for you, ‘Brett Butler talked about his past drug addiction
Actress Brett Butler, best known for her role on the 1990s ABC sitcom ‘Grace Under Fire’, also admitted she was “shame to death”. His dire financial crisis came after his friend Lon Strickler recently launched GoFundMe to help with his basic needs. At the time of writing, GoFundMe has raised $30,120 with a target of $20,000.
“His friends and loved ones approach, and when he needs actress Brett Butler’s fans ask her to help her. We all love and know Bretti from Grace Under Fire, as Grace Kelly, and from many TV and stage views. She put her in a critical situation last year. And he was helpless. I’m not exaggerating using these words. It’s urgent. Brett has exhausted all his resources, and the stress of being evacuated is making him mentally and physically strained,” his friend GoFundMe said in a statement. Fans generously supported the beloved actress, who is remembered for the classic image of her single mother Grace Kelly in the sitcom. He has also acted in ‘Anger Management’, ‘How Can I Avoid Crime’ and ‘The Walking Dead’.
How did Brett Butler Broke?
At the height of his career in the mid-1990s, Butler once earned $250,000 on the episode ‘Grace Under Fire’. But the $10,000 net worth does not reflect past prosperity and success. So how did the 63-year-old actress go from being a successful TV star to six months on the lease?
In a candid interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Butler described her journey as always full of struggles. The sitcom “Grace Under Fire” tells the story of a single mother who struggles to raise her three children alone after being divorced by an aggressive husband, and is based on Butler’s own real-life experiences. He was divorced twice before the invention of television. When he was discovered as a comedian living in New York City, Butler overcame years of alcoholism, addiction, and abuse.
Being a victim of Vicodin’s addiction, the pressure of being on TV made her well-being worse. The drug was initially prescribed to him as a pain reliever for sciatica, but Butler gradually became dangerously addicted. In fact, he was often confused during filming and only remembers 80 of the 112 episodes he played. “I was really hit with the bloody pain point, I was out of my mind. The drugs used to do that. The show had to be taken off sooner than before,” he said.
The series aired on ABC from 1993-1998 after being abruptly canceled for its fifth season. Butler thinks it’s a good thing he canceled after the show as he was sober. But poorly planned financial decisions and investments brought him to the brink of poverty. “I trusted some people who worked a little for me and stole a lot. It’s stupid of me not to be insured for this kind of thing. Lending and lending a lot of money. I really felt very guilty for having it – I couldn’t” He added why.
He had a similar financial situation when actor Charlie Sheen helped him in 2011. He goes on to thank Anger Management for agreeing to offer the producer.
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