Yancy Butler

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Actress (1970)
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Relationship Timeline Of Yancy Butler

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Yancy Butler and Jeff Fahey had a romantic relationship in the late 1990s.

Yancy Butler: Acclaimed American Actress

Marriage Relationship History and Current Status

In the late 1990s, Yancy Butler was involved in a long-term relationship with actor Jeff Fahey. The two worked together on various projects, one of which was the '94 Drop Zone. 

While Butler and Fahey never married each other, they were often promoted during the years before the ultimate breakup as one of Hollywood's long-lasting power couples in the early 2000s. Since then, Butler has remained single and dedicated herself to growing as an actress.

Early Life and Family Background

Yancy Victoria Butler was born on July 2, 1970, in Greenwich Village, Manhattan.

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Her family has been in the entertainment business for quite some time: her father, Joe Butler, was the drummer and vocalist of the 1960s rock band The Lovin' Spoonful, and her mother was a manager for a theater company.

Acting Training and Education

Butler had an early interest in the acting field and began her training at the famous HB Studios in New York when she was just 13.

She further trained until getting admission to Sarah Lawrence College, from which she graduated in 1991 with a Liberal Arts degree.

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Breakthrough Roles in Film

Butler initiated her acting career as a child actress and appeared in 1979's Savage Weekend. Her first adult role was given to her in 1992, when she was cast as an android police officer in the disastrous television series Mann & Machine.

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The big break for Butler came in 1993, when she starred in the action film Hard Target alongside Jean-Claude Van Damme. She played Natasha Binder, the beautiful young woman who has to team up with a drifter, played by Van Damme, to destroy a group of evil mercenaries. The movie went on to be a box office hit, really putting Butler on the map in the Hollywood acting scene.

Acclaimed Television Role in Witchblade

The many high-profile roles Butler played in the 1990s included parts in the 1994 film Drop Zone and in the 1995 romantic drama Let It Be Me. Most significantly, though, her highly rated role was that of Detective Sara Pezzini in the TNT supernatural drama series Witchblade from 2001–2002, running for two seasons. 

Her performance in this show brought Butler a Saturn Award for Best Actress in a Television Series in 2002.

Continued Success and Versatility

Butler has also had a sturdy, consistent career in film and television over these many years, amassing a handful of interesting and/or challenging credits.

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 Among such other credits are guest leads in the series programs Law & Order, NYPD Blue, and As the World Turns, series regular lead roles on South Beach and Brooklyn South, made-for-television movies, and several direct-to-video features.

Unique Screen Presence

Even though Yancy Butler took some breaks from acting, she never failed to astound the audience with her gift and the incredibly striking features on the screen: very intense green eyes, a husky voice, and the ability to create rather complicated multidimensional characters. 

She has persistently remained one of the most talented and well-respected American actresses to have made an indelible mark within the entertainment circle.

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