Conchata Ferrell

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Ferrell at the Carney Awards in 2016
Conchata Galen Ferrell

(1943-03-28)March 28, 1943
DiedOctober 12, 2020(2020-10-12) (aged 77)
Education Marshall University (BA)
Years active1974–2020
Known for Two and a Half Men
Arnie Anderson
(m. 1986)

Conchata Galen Ferrell (March 28, 1943 October 12, 2020) was an American actress. Although she was a regular cast member of five TV sitcoms, she was best known for playing Berta the housekeeper for all 12 seasons of Two and a Half Men . For her performance as Berta, she received two nominations for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series (in 2005 and 2007). She had previously been nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for her performance in L.A. Law (in 1992).


Early life

Conchata Galen Ferrell was born March 28, 1943, in Loudendale, West Virginia, to Mescal Loraine (née George) and Luther Martin Ferrell. [1] [2] [3] She was raised in Charleston, West Virginia. Her family later moved to Circleville, Ohio. [4] [5]

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. [1] She made her first onstage performance at Marshall in 1969 in the second Barfenon Review, a skit comedy and musical production. [1]


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 [6] and won the Drama Desk, Obie and Theatre World Best Actress Awards for her performance in the off-Broadway play The Sea Horse. [1] [7] [8] [9] [10]

Acting on stage, television and film for decades, she may have originally been best known for her starring role as the frontier wife 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 . [11]

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, an entirely different character. [12] [13]

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 . [11] 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). [11]

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. [14]

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. [11] 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 . [15] [16]

In 2012, she voiced the role of Bob's Mom in Frankenweenie , which was directed by Tim Burton. [17] She was slated to appear in the upcoming feature film Deported (2020), and had earlier acted in A Very Nutty Christmas (2018), a holiday-themed television movie. [5] [18]

Personal life and death

Ferrell married Arnie Anderson in about 1986. [19] She had a daughter, Samantha (born in 1982), and two stepdaughters (born in 1976 and 1979). [1] [19] [20]

Ferrell died on October 12, 2020, from complications following cardiac arrest at the Sherman Oaks Hospital in Sherman Oaks, California. [18] She was 77 years old. [21]


Source(s): [22] [23]

1974 Maude Rita ValdezHal CooperTV series (1 episode: "Florida's Goodbye") [22]
1975 Hot l Baltimore April GreenBob LaHendro
Burt Brinckerhoff
TV series (13 episodes) [22]
1976 Deadly Hero Slugger Ann Ivan Nagy [24]
Network Barbara Schlesinger Sidney Lumet [22]
1977 The Rockford Files Ella Mae White Reza Badiyi TV series (1 episode: "Crack Back") [13]
Mixed NutsNurse Cassidy Jerry Belson
Peter H. Hunt
TV short [25]
Blansky's Beauties Nurse Gibbons Alan Rafkin TV series (1 episode: "Nancy Breaks a Leg") [22]
The Girl Called Hatter Fox Nurse Rinehart George Schaefer TV movie [22]
Good Times Miss Johnson Gerren Keith TV series (1 episode: "Willona, the Fuzz") [22]
One Day at a Time Phyllis McDermott Herbert Kenwith TV series (1 episode: "The Singles Bar") [22]
1978 A Death in Canaan Rita Parsons Tony Richardson TV movie [26]
Who'll Save Our Children?Dodie Hart George Schaefer (2)TV movie [22]
1979 The Love Boat Bitsy SheldonRoger DuchownyTV series (2 episodes) [22]
Heartland Elinore Randall Stewart Richard Pearce [22]
Before and AfterMarge Kim Friedman TV movie [13]
The Misadventures of Sheriff Lobo The Fox Bruce Bilson TV series (2 episodes) [27]
B. J. and the Bear Wilhemina 'The Fox' JohnsonSeveral directorsTV series (4 episodes) [22]
1980The Seduction of Miss LeonaHazel Dawson Joseph Hardy TV movie [13]
Reunion Toni Owens Russ Mayberry TV movie [13]
Rape and Marriage: The Rideout Case Helen Peter Levin TV movie [28]
Knots Landing Mrs. MessingerEdward ParoneTV series (2 episodes) [29]
1981 CBS Afternoon Playhouse Mamie Trotter Jeffrey Hayden TV series (1 episode: "The Great Gilly Hopkins") [13]
McClain's Law Vangie Cruise Vincent McEveety TV movie (pilot for TV series McClain's Law ) [13]
Lou Grant Myra Wexler Peter Levin (2)TV series (1 episode: "Drifters") [13]
B. J. and the Bear Wilhemina 'The Fox' Johnson Christian I. Nyby II TV series (1 episode: "B.J. and the Seven Lady Truckers: Part 2") [13]
1982 Quincy, M.E. Mrs. WernerGeorg FenadyTV series (1 episode: "Into the Murdering Mind") [13]
Life of the Party: The Story of BeatriceCaptain Burnsite Lamont Johnson TV movie [23]
Cagney & Lacey Charlene Reza Badiyi (2)TV series (1 episode: "High Steel") [13]
1983 St. Elsewhere Gina Barnett Mark Tinker TV series (1 episode: "Hearts") [22]
American Playhouse Faye Doyle Michael Dinner TV series (1 episode: "Miss Lonelyhearts") [22]
Emergency RoomNurse Sylvia Kaye Lee H. Katzin TV movie [13]
1984 Nadia Mili SimonescuAlan CookeTV movie [22]
Faerie Tale Theatre Thumbelina's Mother Michael Lindsay-Hogg TV series (1 episode: "Thumbelina") [22]
The Three Wishes of Billy Grier Dr. GardnerCorey BlechmanTV movie [13]
1984–1985 E/R Nurse Joan Thor Peter Bonerz TV series (22 episodes) [22]
1985 This Is the Life Sharron Miller TV series (1 episode: "The Stranger")
North Beach and RawhideDoc NormanHarry FalkTV movie [13]
1986 Samaritan: The Mitch Snyder Story Ida Sinclair Richard T. Heffron TV movie [23]
Where the River Runs Black Mother Marta Christopher Cain [13]
PicnicHelen Potts Marshall W. Mason TV movie [13]
Matlock Mrs. ReeseAlan Cooke (2)TV series (1 episode: "The Sisters") [13]
1987 Night Court Nurse Jim Drake TV series (1 episode: "Here's to You, Mrs. Robinson") [13]
Sledge Hammer! Judge Ida Gruff Reza Badiyi (3)TV series (1 episode: "Jagged Sledge") [13]
Frank's Place Jan Rudy Hugh Wilson TV series (1 episode: "The Bridge") [13]
Eye on the SparrowMary John Korty TV movie [13]
1988 Hooperman Eva Parker Rick Wallace TV series (1 episode: "The Snitch") [13]
For Keeps Mrs. Bobrucz John G. Avildsen [22]
Who's the Boss? FrancesJames Eric HornbeckTV series (1 episode: "Housekeepers Unite") [22]
Sonny Spoon Tough Habit Dick Miller TV series (1 episode: "Tough Habit") [30]
CBS Summer Playhouse Kate David Trainer TV series (1 episode: "Old Money") [13]
Mystic Pizza Leona Donald Petrie [22]
ABC Weekend Special Aunt Jill Ron Underwood TV series (1 episode: "Runaway Ralph") [13]
Goodbye, Miss 4th of July George Miller TV Movie [13]
Portrait of a White MarriageMrs. Sturgeon Harry Shearer [13]
L.A. Law Susan Bloom / Lorna LandsbergSeveral directorsTV series (20 episodes)
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series (1992)
1989 A Peaceable Kingdom Kate GalindoMark WaxmanTV series (10 episodes) [22]
Murder, She Wrote Harriet LundgrenJohn Llewellyn MoxeyTV series (1 episode: "Something Borrowed, Someone Blue") [13]
Your Mother Wears Combat Boots Specialist Mononaghee Anson Williams TV Movie [13]
Hard Time on Planet Earth Annie James A. Contner TV series (1 episode: "The Hot Dog Man") [13]
1990Hollywood Dog William Dear TV movie [13]
Opposites Attract FloNoel NosseckTV movie [13]
Edward Scissorhands Helen Tim Burton [22]
1991 Deadly Intentions... Again? Joan James Steven Sadwith TV movie [22]
Chains of Gold Martha Burke Rod Holcomb TV movie [13]
Backfield in Motion Ann BedowskiRichard MichaelsTV movie [23]
1992–1995 Hearts Afire Dr. Madeline Stoessinger / Dr. Ruth ColquistSeveral directorsTV series (33 episodes) [13]
1993 The Legend of Prince Valiant Girl (voice)TV series (1 episode: "The Sage") [31]
Dinosaurs Shelly (voice) Bruce Bilson (2)TV series (1 episode: "Dirty Dancin'") [13]
Family Prayers Mrs. RomeyoScott M. Rosenfelt [22]
Sirens Mrs. ChattleTBATV series (1 episode: "Keeping the Peace") [22]
True Romance Mary Louise Ravencroft Tony Scott [22]
Cobra Bobby GutnerJorge MontesiTV series (1 episode: "Honeymoon Hideaway") [22]
Heaven & Earth Bernice Oliver Stone [22]
1994 Samurai Cowboy Bobbi Bob PicketteMichael Keusch [22]
A Worn PathNurse Bruce Schwartz [13]
Duckman Roxanne (voice)Jeff McGrath
John Eng
TV series (2 episodes) [13]
1995 The Buccaneers Mrs. Elmsworth Philip Saville TV miniseries (1 episode: "Invasion") [22]
The Mask: Animated Series Willamina Bubask (voice)TV series (1 episode: "How Much Is That Dog in the Tin Can?") [13]
The Client Rue James Quinn TV series (1 episode: "The Way Things Never Were") [13]
1996 Freeway Mrs. Sheets Matthew Bright [22]
Minor Adjustments Mrs. Daisy GotschelTV series (1 episode: "The Ungrateful Dead") [13]
Walker, Texas Ranger Lureen SmithMichael PreeceTV series (1 episode: "Miracle at Middle Creek") [13]
Sweet Dreams Dr. Kate Lowe Jack Bender TV movie [13]
Townies Marge Pamela Fryman TV series (2 episodes) [13]
My Fellow Americans Woman Truck Driver Peter Segal [22]
1997 Touch Virginia Worrel Paul Schrader [13]
ABC TGIFPamTV series (1 episode: "Frightful Halloween Bash") [32]
Aaahh!!! Real Monsters Simpah (voice)Denise DownerTV series (1 episode: "Clockwise/Gromble Soup") [13]
1997–1998 Teen Angel PamSeveral directorsTV series (17 episodes) [13]
1998 Modern Vampires Wanda Richard Elfman TV movie [13]
The Naked Truth Maxine Mansfield Robby Benson TV series (1 episode: "Muddy for Nothing") [13]
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Nurse Greenliegh David Semel TV series (1 episode: "Go Fish") [13]
1999 Touched by an Angel IreneNoel NosseckTV series (1 episode: "The Medium and the Message") [13]
Two Guys and a Girl Shawn's Mother Gil Junger TV series (1 episode: "Two Guys, a Girl and Valentine's Day") [13]
JAG Deanne Terrence O'Hara TV series (1 episode: "Second Sight") [13]
Friends The Judge Gary Halvorson TV series (1 episode: "The One with Joey's Porsche") [22]
Chicken Soup for the SoulMrs. PattersonTV series (1 episode: "Crying's Okay") [13]
2000 Crime and Punishment in Suburbia Bella Rob Schmidt [13]
Erin Brockovich Brenda Steven Soderbergh [22]
Get Real Rosa Hernandez Richard Compton TV series (1 episode: "Support") [13]
PensacolaHelen Wilson Sidney J. Furie TV series (1 episode: "Answered Prayers") [13]
Buzz Lightyear of Star Command Ma Munchapper (voice) Steve Loter TV series (3 episodes) [13]
The Wild Thornberrys Harriet (voice)Carol MillicanTV series (1 episode: "Time Flies") [13]
2001 Stranger Inside Mama Cass Cheryl Dunye TV movie [13]
Popular Calamity Jones Ryan Murphy TV series (1 episode: "The News of My Death Has Been Greatly Exaggerated") [13]
The Zeta Project Dr. Greer (voice)Rob DaviesTV series (1 episode: "The Next Gen") [13]
Amy & IsabelleBevLloyd KramerTV movie [13]
Going to California Nurse LucyTBATV series (1 episode: "I Know Why the Caged Rhino Sings") [13]
ER Mrs. Jenkins Christopher Misiano TV series (1 episode: "Four Corners") [22]
K-PAX Betty McAllister Iain Softley [13]
2002 Sabrina, the Teenage Witch The Bus Driver Beth Broderick TV series (1 episode: "Guilty!") [13]
Mr. Deeds Jan Steven Brill [22]
Push, Nevada Martha Lisa Cholodenko TV series (1 episode: "The Letter of the Law") [22]
2003 Becker ZoraChris BroughamTV series (1 episode: "Ms. Fortune") [22]
Judging Amy Maxine's Co-Worker Alan Myerson TV series (1 episode: "Kilt Trip") [22]
The Wild Thornberrys Grizzly Bear (voice)Dean CriswellTV series (1 episode: "The Wild Snob-berry") [22]
2003–2015 Two and a Half Men Berta Several directorsRecurring role (season 1)
Main role (season 2–12) (211 episodes)
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series (2005, 2007)
2004Surviving EdenRosemary Flotchky Greg Pritikin [22]
2007 Kabluey KathleenScott Prendergast [22]
2012 Frankenweenie Bob's Mom (voice) Tim Burton (2) [17]
2013Not That, But Something Like ThatBenjamin HaskoShort[ citation needed ]
2014Postal JerksCarmelitaJames SkinnerTV movie [33]
VilliscaMrs. FlanksTony E. Valenzuela [34]
Wishin' and Hopin' Sister AgrippinaColin TheysTV movie [35]
2015 Krampus Aunt Dorothy Michael Dougherty [21]
2015Postal JerksCarmelitaJames SkinnerTelevision film [33]
2016 Grace and Frankie Grandma Jean Trent O'Donnell TV series (1 episode: "The Negotiation") [36]
2016The Axe Murders of VilliscaMrs. FlanksTony E. Valenzuela [37]
2017 The Ranch Shirley Don Reo
Jim Patterson
TV series (5 episodes) [38]
2018A Very Nutty ChristmasClaraColin TheysTelevision movie [5]
2021DeportedBetsyTyler SpindelPosthumous release
Final Film role

Awards and nominations

List of awards and award nominations
YearAwardCategoryTitle of workResultSource
1974 Drama Desk Award Outstanding PerformanceThe Sea HorseWon [21]
1974 Theatre World Award The Sea HorseWon [21]
1974 Obie Award Best ActressThe Sea HorseWon [21]
1981 Western Heritage Awards Bronze Wrangler Heartland(shared with cast)Won [40]
1992 Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series L.A. Law Nominated [12]
2005Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Two and a Half Men Nominated [15]
2007Primetime Emmy AwardOutstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy SeriesTwo and a Half MenNominated [16]

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