Conchata Ferrell

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)
Other namesChatti
EducationMarshall University (BA)
Years active1974–2020
Known forTwo 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 sitcom series, she was best known for playing Berta the housekeeper for all twelve seasons of 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). Those came in addition to an earlier nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for her performance in L.A. Law (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]



Year Title Role Director Notes Source
1974 Maude Rita Valdez Hal Cooper TV series (1 episode: "Florida's Goodbye") [22]
1975 Hot l Baltimore April Green Bob 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 Nuts Nurse 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 Sheldon Roger Duchowny TV series (2 episodes) [22]
Heartland Elinore Randall Stewart Richard Pearce [22]
Before and After Marge 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' Johnson Several directors TV series (4 episodes) [22]
1980 The Seduction of Miss Leona Hazel 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. Messinger Edward Parone TV 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. Werner Georg Fenady TV series (1 episode: "Into the Murdering Mind") [13]
Life of the Party: The Story of Beatrice Captain 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 Room Nurse Sylvia Kaye Lee H. Katzin TV movie [13]
1984 Nadia Mili Simonescu Alan Cooke TV movie [22]
Faerie Tale Theatre Thumbelina's Mother Michael Lindsay-Hogg TV series (1 episode: "Thumbelina") [22]
The Three Wishes of Billy Grier Dr. Gardner Corey Blechman TV 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 Rawhide Doc Norman Harry Falk TV 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]
Picnic Helen Potts Marshall W. Mason TV movie [13]
Matlock Mrs. Reese Alan 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 Sparrow Mary 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? Frances James Eric Hornbeck TV 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 Marriage Mrs. Sturgeon Harry Shearer [13]
L.A. Law Susan Bloom / Lorna Landsberg Several directors TV series (20 episodes)
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series (1992)
1989 A Peaceable Kingdom Kate Galindo Mark Waxman TV series (10 episodes) [22]
Murder, She Wrote Harriet Lundgren John Llewellyn Moxey TV 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]
1990 Hollywood Dog William Dear TV movie [13]
Opposites Attract Flo Noel Nosseck TV 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 Bedowski Richard Michaels TV movie [23]
1992–1995 Hearts Afire Dr. Madeline Stoessinger / Dr. Ruth Colquist Several directors TV 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. Romeyo Scott M. Rosenfelt [22]
Sirens Mrs. Chattle TBA TV series (1 episode: "Keeping the Peace") [22]
True Romance Mary Louise Ravencroft Tony Scott [22]
Cobra Bobby Gutner Jorge Montesi TV series (1 episode: "Honeymoon Hideaway") [22]
Heaven & Earth Bernice Oliver Stone [22]
1994 Samurai Cowboy Bobbi Bob Pickette Michael Keusch [22]
A Worn Path Nurse 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 Gotschel TV series (1 episode: "The Ungrateful Dead") [13]
Walker, Texas Ranger Lureen Smith Michael Preece TV 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 TGIF Pam TV series (1 episode: "Frightful Halloween Bash") [32]
Aaahh!!! Real Monsters Simpah (voice) Denise Downer TV series (1 episode: "Clockwise/Gromble Soup") [13]
1997–1998 Teen Angel Pam Several directors TV 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 Irene Noel Nosseck TV 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 divorce judge Gary Halvorson TV series (1 episode: "The One with Joey's Porsche") [22]
Chicken Soup for the Soul Mrs. Patterson TV 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]
Pensacola Helen 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 Millican TV 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 Davies TV series (1 episode: "The Next Gen") [13]
Amy & Isabelle Bev Lloyd Kramer TV movie [13]
Going to California Nurse Lucy TBA TV 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 Zora Chris Brougham TV 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 Criswell TV series (1 episode: "The Wild Snob-berry") [22]
2003–2015 Two and a Half Men Berta Several directors Recurring role (season 1)
Main role (season 2–12) (211 episodes)
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series (2005, 2007)
2004 Surviving Eden Rosemary Flotchky Greg Pritikin [22]
2007 Kabluey Kathleen Scott Prendergast [22]
2012 Frankenweenie Bob's Mom (voice) Tim Burton (2) [17]
2013 Not That, But Something Like That Benjamin Hasko Short [citation needed]
2014 Postal Jerks Carmelita James Skinner TV movie [33]
Villisca Mrs. Flanks Tony E. Valenzuela [34]
Wishin' and Hopin' Sister Agrippina Colin Theys TV movie [35]
2015 Krampus Aunt Dorothy Michael Dougherty [21]
2015 Postal Jerks Carmelita James Skinner Television film [33]
2016 Grace and Frankie Grandma Jean Trent O'Donnell TV series (1 episode: "The Negotiation") [36]
2016 The Axe Murders of Villisca Mrs. Flanks Tony E. Valenzuela [37]
2017 The Ranch Shirley Don Reo
Jim Patterson
TV series (5 episodes) [38]
2018 A Very Nutty Christmas Clara Colin Theys Television movie [5]
2021 Deported Betsy Tyler Spindel Posthumous release
Final Film role

Awards and nominations

List of awards and award nominations
Year Award Category Title of work Result Source
1974 Drama Desk Award Outstanding Performance The Sea Horse Won [21]
1974 Theatre World Award The Sea Horse Won [21]
1974 Obie Award Best Actress The Sea Horse Won [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]
2005 Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Two and a Half Men Nominated [15]
2007 Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Two and a Half Men Nominated [16]


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