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Who is Conchata Ferrel? :Two and a Half Men actress dies aged 77(bio, wiki, age, career, early life, death)

'Two And A Half Men' Star Conchata Ferrell Dies at 77

Conchata Ferrel bio, wiki, age, family, early life, career, education, death

Conchata Ferrell, who played the gruff, straight-talking maid, Berta, on Two and a Half Men, has died. She died Monday in Sherman Oaks, CA following complications from a cardiac arrest. Her manager confirmed the news to NPR. She was 77 years old.

In what was originally planned to be a two-episode arc in the show’s first season, Ferrell’s Berta became an integral part of the show, seeing it through its entire 12-season run. She was nominated for two Emmys for Best Supporting Actress.

Her death comes about five months after she suffered a heart attack. Her husband Arnie Anderson told TMZ that the actress was hospitalized in May after feeling ill. She spent more than four weeks in the intensive care unit and went into cardiac arrest at one point, which Anderson said lasted for about 10 minutes. Ferrell was then transferred to a long-term care facility and put on a respirator and dialysis, unable to speak or communicate.

Early life

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.

Ferrell’s supporting roles in films include performances in Deadly HeroNetworkEdward ScissorhandsErin BrockovichCrime and Punishment in SuburbiaMr. Deeds, and K-PAX as well as a small part in True Romance. Her other television credits include Buffy the Vampire SlayerHot l BaltimoreTeen AngelMatlockB. J. and the BearGood TimesHearts AfireTowniesNight CourtThe Love Boat, and Push, NevadaShe played Mrs. Werner in the episode of Quincy, M.E. titled “Into the Murdering Mind” (1982). 

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.

In 2012, she voiced the role of Bob’s Mom in Frankenweenie, which was directed by Tim Burton. 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.

Personal life and death

Ferrell married Arnie Anderson in about 1986. She had a daughter, Samantha (born c. 1982), and two stepdaughters (born in c. 1976 and c. 1979).

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

Ferrell, who was known to her castmates as Chatty, earned two Emmy nominations for her role on the series, about hedonistic jingle writer Charlie Harper, his uptight brother Alan, and Alan’s son Jake.

As well as Sheen, she acted opposite Jon Cryer and Angus T Jones. Cryer remembered meeting her for the first time. “She was a beautiful human, Berta’s gruff exterior was an invention of the writers,” he tweeted.

“Chatty’s warmth and vulnerability were her real strengths. I’m crying for the woman I’ll miss, and the joy she brought so many.”


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