Times have been powerful for Brett Butler currently, and the actress has opened up on why she’s broke and counting on assistance from followers to cowl her payments.
At one level, Butler was one of tv’s highest-paid actresses together with her starring position as Grace Kelly on the hit sitcom Grace Under Fire. Her struggles with dependency at the peak of her fame are additionally well-known, although Butler has been sober since 1998.
Although Butler was once a successful star with a sitcom on network TV, she has struggled with addiction and homelessness in the past, and like many other Americans, took a major hit during the COVID pandemic.
“But like many others, this past year has put her in a critical situation and desperation has set in. I’m not exaggerating using those words. It is urgent. Brett has exhausted all of her resources and the stress of looming eviction is straining her mentally and physically,” her friend Lon Strickler wrote after setting up the GoFundMe campaign.
The fundraiser continues with: “Brett is one of the kindest down-to-earth people that anyone will meet. She has helped me get through some rough times, and I feel it’s time for me and her friends to help get her through this. I have taken the initiative to start this Go Fund Me page because she is a very private person, and I know she won’t ask for help.”
“Brett has many fans all over the world. I am praying hearts will open, and you will give what you can. She has made millions of people laugh over the years. It’s time to give back to her for her gift of laughter to all of us. Please help! It is urgent!”
Butler struggled with alcoholism and an addiction to Vicodin, which she was prescribed to cope with pain from sciatica. Unfortunately, Butler said she only remembers about 80 of the 112 episodes of the show – however, her costars and ABC certainly remember her behavior and how she rushed to rehab to cope with her addiction.
The 63-year-old had been reluctant to ask for help even from her friends and loved ones as she faced monetary problems. Factoring in her horrible financial decisions and instances when she got robbed by people she trusted, Butler struggled.
Amid the production halting due to COVID-19, Butler was out of work more than ever before and hurdling towards the possibility of homelessness. According to Strickler, it took a bit of time to convince Butler to a crowdfunding campaign, but finally, she agreed.
Well, the people’s response has been astounding. Many have donated more than $40,000 to the struggling Grace Under Fire star, which was twice the goal.
On August 22, Butler shared an update that read in part:
“Thank you. Flat out. There are way more people reaching out than I’d expected and with more kindness than I believe I deserve. To the folks who took the time to send personal messages of support, that’s been the biggest surprise of all. Some of you brought so much of that Human Being thing to the table that you helped change the way I see things – as in right now and for the better. That can change everything.”
“If you’re ever queen of the known universe for any length of time and blow up your freaking spaceship in a distant galaxy a really long way from home, angels or good friends are your only hope. And once in a very blue moon, they are rolled into one,” she added.