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"Grace Under Fire" Star Reveals She's Homeless

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After starring in the successful ABC sitcom, Grace Under Fire for five years, many people would be surprised to learn that actress, Brett Butler found herself homeless.

Butler was nominated for a Golden Globe award twice for her role in the series that aired from 1993-1998.

She has now admitted that she struggled with substance abuse while starring in the Chuck Lorre-created show. The sitcom was cancelled in 1998 after she was asked to leave the set because of her drug use.

"I almost died like Michael Jackson. ... I was dying of addiction," she said in an interview with Entertainment Tonight.

"I did everything but crack and needles pretty much," she added. "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."

It was the producers that pulled the plug on the show because they felt the actress couldn't work any longer.

"Well yeah, after eight vicodin and a coffee at a table read," she says. "It was just getting ridiculous... It's a rarefied playing field to have your own show and everything you need. There's just something inside of me that could not get filled up on this alone."

She was in and out of rehab, and after the show was cancelled she moved out of her L.A. mansion to a farm in Georgia. There, she lived with 15 pets, but soon ran out of money and found herself in a homeless shelter.

"It's amazing, not just that I didn't die, but that somebody didn't kill me," she says. "The Hollywood experience is so surreal to begin with, to add drugs to it, it's like you're inside a kaleidoscope. And by the time I started feeling besieged, it was much worse than I knew."

The actress is now making an attempt at a comeback by developing a reality TV show about her self-professed psychic abilities.

"I really feel like an old dog, though," she said. "It's almost lke I was a horse that ran in the derby once. The kids are coming up and going, 'Are you still doing this?' I think it's something to do with me living through it."

She remains optimistic about the future, however.

"I don't think about what I survived," she said. "I hope I forgive, I hope I'm forgiven, and I'm just really glad that I think things are funny and there's no end to that."

She is not the only one with a story after the show ended. See what the rest of the cast has been up to.

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