‘90s star Brett Butler has avoided becoming homeless after her friend helped raise thousands to help keep a roof over her head.
The actress, who famously struggled with addiction issues, was about to be kicked to the streets earlier this year. Her friend Lon Strickler decided to step in and launched a GoFundMe to try and raise funds for Brett.
He explained the situation was dire for the actress turned psychic and she was facing eviction.
He said, “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.”
Lon described Brett as “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.”
On July 17, Lon announced Brett is no longer at risk of being homeless and is “back on track.” He said, “Hi folks...once again, Brett and I truly appreciate your kindness and support. Brett has been making positive strides in order to get her life back on track. You have helped tremendously with your contributions and encouraging words.”
Brett has experienced financial hardships since leaving her hit ABC sitcom in 1998. Her show was famously canceled due to Brett’s issues with drugs.
Her addiction was so serious it almost killed her. She told Entertainment Tonight, “I almost died like Michael Jackson. … I was dying of addiction. I did everything but crack and needles pretty much. I had a variety of things given to me by doctor, and other things. I’m not doing it to be coy, but I’m not going to go through what I did. I did it ’til the wheels came off.”
After the show went off the air, Brett moved back to Georgia and struggled to find work.
In 2011, Brett revealed in an interview she was living in homeless shelters.
The bombshell helped her score a couple of high-profile gigs. The first paycheck came when Charlie Sheen hired her for a recurring role on the FX show Anger Management. In 2019, Reese Witherspoon hired her to play her mother on, The Morning Show.
She hasn’t locked down a role since.