Conchata Ferrell Wiki – Biography
Conchata Ferrell was an American actress. Although she was a regular castmember of five TV sitcom series, she was best known for playing Berta the housekeeper for all twelve seasons of the sitcom Two and a Half Men. For her performance as Berta, she received two Primetime Emmy Award nominations for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series (in 2005 and 2007). These came in addition to an earlier nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for her performance in L.A. Law (1992).
Ferrell who appeared in movies such as True Romance and Mystic Pizza as well as roles in other TV shows such as L.A. Law, is best known for her portrayal of Berta the housekeeper on Two and a Half Men. Ferrell played the role during all 12 seasons of the show’s run.
Conchata Ferrell Age
Conchata Ferrell has died at the age of 77-years-old.
Family & Siblings
Conchata Galen Ferrell was born March 28, 1943 in Loudendale, West Virginia, near Charleston, the daughter of Mescal Loraine (née George) and Luther Martin Ferrell. She was raised in Charleston, West Virginia. Her family later moved to Circleville, Ohio.
She attended West Virginia University for two years, dropped out, and after working several jobs, enrolled and graduated from Marshall University with a degree in history education. She made her first onstage performance at Marshall in 1969 in the second Barfenon Review, a skit comedy and musical production.
Ferrell began her career on the stage as a member of the Circle Repertory Company. She appeared in the original Off-Broadway cast of Lanford Wilson’s The Hot l Baltimore and won the Drama Desk, Obie and Theatre World Best Actress Awards for her performance in the off-Broadway play The Sea Horse.
Acting on stage, television and film for decades, she may have originally been best known for her starring role as the frontier housekeeper in the 1979 feature film Heartland directed by Richard Pearce, and as the tough-talking owner of Mystic Pizza, co-starring alongside Lili Taylor, Annabeth Gish, and Julia Roberts, who portrayed pizza waitresses. She also played a tough, comical nurse on the short-lived 1980s TV sitcom E/R.
In 1992, she received her first Primetime Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for her recurring role as Attorney Susan Bloom on the sixth season of L.A. Law, but lost to Valerie Mahaffey for Northern Exposure. She had previously appeared in an episode of the show in 1988 as Lorna Landsberg.
Ferrell’s supporting roles in films include performances in Deadly Hero, Network, Edward Scissorhands, Erin Brockovich, Crime and Punishment in Suburbia, Mr. Deeds and K-PAX as well as a small part in True Romance. Her other television credits include Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Hot L Baltimore, Teen Angel, Matlock, B. J. and the Bear, Good Times, Hearts Afire, Townies, Night Court, The Love Boat and Push, Nevada. She played Mrs. Werner in the episode of Quincy, M.E. titled “Into the Murdering Mind” (1982). She has also made memorable appearances portraying blunt, authoritative judges (The “Jagged Sledge” episode of Sledge Hammer! in 1987, and on “The One With Joey’s Porsche” episode of Friends in 1999).
She accepted a role in the off-Broadway play Love, Loss, and What I Wore for an April 27 through May 29, 2011, run with Minka Kelly, AnnaLynne McCord, Anne Meara, and B. Smith.
Ferrell was best known for portraying Berta the Housekeeper in the CBS sitcom Two and a Half Men, appearing in a total of 212 episodes from 2003 to 2015. She had received two nominations for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series in 2005 and 2007, but lost to Doris Roberts for Everybody Loves Raymond and Jaime Pressly for My Name is Earl.
In 2012, she had her first film voice role as Bob’s Mom in Frankenweenie which was directed by Tim Burton.
Husband & Children
Ferrell was married once in her life, two Arnie Anderson, who she wed in 1986. Ferrell gave birth to a daughter named Samantha in 1986. Ferrell told The Chicago Tribune in 1991, “Arnie and I have been together 12 years, married five. We got married because our daughter asked us to.”
Cause of Death
Conchata Ferrell, one of the stars of Two and a Half Men, died on October 12 after after heart attack complications. She was 77 years old. Ferrell was a native of Loudendale, West Virginia.
ABC Los Angeles’ reporter George Pennacchio was the first to report Ferrell’s death.
Anderson told TMZ in June 2020 that Ferrell had been hospitalized in May after she began feeling unwell. Anderson said that Ferrell was semi-conscious at the time but was unable to communicate. During her hospitalization, Anderson said that Ferrell suffered a heart attack.
In December 2019, Ferrell was hospitalized with a kidney infection. Ferrell’s illness was not-related to COVID-19, her husband said. Anderson told TMZ in June 2020, “It’s going to be a while before there’s any recovery. It’s all neurological. There’s nothing we can do to speed it up the process. We are hoping for the best.”