09/19/1994 at 01:00 AM EDT
To get from a Georgia trailer park and southern-fried comedy clubs to a home in the Hollywood Hills and the starring role on the ABC hit Grace Under Fire, Butler bleached her brunette locks, dropped 40 pounds and underwent breast-enhancement surgery ("to correct God's asymmetry," she says). Now it's time for the 36-year-old comic to correct that unflattering Aunt Bee wardrobe—to start spending money on Melrose Avenue instead of at the Mayberry mall. But don't expect to see a total transformation. Butler doesn't want to have a facelift and end up resembling one of those "lizard women," as she once put it. "They look like big Komodo dragons with Chanel accessories."