January 04, 1999 12:00 AM

Former “Grace Under Fire” star Brett Butler says drugs and booze led to the end of her show and made a mess of her career. “I almost died; that was secondary to the fact that I was departing spiritually,” she admits in a two-part “Entertainment Tonight” interview being shown this week. “I lost a lot and created a great deal of wreckage and don’t have anybody to blame for myself.” Butler says she has kicked drugs and been sober for more than a year. Production of her ABC show stopped in 1998. She is set for a brief appearance as a waitress on PAX TV’s new dramatic anthology series “Chicken Soup for the Soul.”

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