Conchata Ferrell

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Conchata Ferrell
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Born Conchata Galen Ferrell
(1943-03-28) March 28, 1943 (age 71)
Charleston, West Virginia, U.S.
Other names Conchatta Ferrell
Occupation Actress
Years active 1974–present

Conchata Galen Ferrell (born March 28, 1943) is an American actress. She is best known for playing Berta the housekeeper in the CBS sitcom Two and a Half Men, for which she received two Primetime Emmy Award nominations in 2005 and 2007.

Personal life[edit]

Ferrell was born in Charleston, WV, the daughter of Mescal Loraine (née George) and Luther Martin Ferrell.[1][2] She was raised in the small town of Circleville, Ohio. She attended West Virginia University, and graduated from Marshall University with a degree in social studies in education.

Career[edit]

Ferrell began her career on the stage as a member of the Circle Repertory Company, appearing in the original Broadway cast of Lanford Wilson's The Hot L Baltimore and winning both the Drama Desk and Obie Awards for the off-Broadway The Sea Horse. A successful character actress, her career has spanned four decades and includes supporting roles in such films as Network, Mystic Pizza, 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, 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). Conchata Ferrell portrayed the owner of Mystic Pizza alongside Lili Taylor, Annabeth Gish, and Julia Roberts, who portrayed pizza waitresses.

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.[3]

Ferrell is best known for portraying Berta the Housekeeper in the CBS Sitcom Two and a Half Men appearing in a total of 190 episodes since 2003.

Filmography[edit]

1974 Maude Rita Valdez TV, 1 episode
1975 Hot l Baltimore April Green TV, 13 episodes
1976 Network Barbara Schlesinger  
1977 Rockford Files, TheThe Rockford Files Ella Mae White TV, 1 episode
1977 Blansky's Beauties Nurse Gibbons TV, 1 episode
1977 Good Times Miss Johnson TV, 1 episode
1979 Love Boat, TheThe Love Boat Bitsy TV, 2 episodes
1979 Heartland Elinore Randall Stewart
1979–1981 B. J. and the Bear Wilhemina "The Fox" Johnson TV, 5 episodes
1980 Knots Landing Mother TV, 2 episodes
1981 Lou Grant Myra Wexler TV, 1 episode
1981 McClain's Law Vengie Cruise TV, recurrent role
1982 Quincy, M.E. Mrs. Werner TV, 1 episode
1982 Cagney & Lacey Charlene TV, 1 episode
1983 Miss Lonelyhearts Faye Doyle Television film
1983 St. Elsewhere Gina Barnett TV, 1 episode
1984 Nadia Mili Simonescu Movie
1984–1985 E/R Nurse Joan Thor TV, 22 episodes
1986 Where the River Runs Black Mother Marta
1987 Night Court Nurse TV, 1 episode
1987 Sledge Hammer! Judge Ida Grim TV, 1 episode
1988 For Keeps? Mrs. Bobrucz
1988 Who's the Boss? Frances TV, 1 episode
1988 Mystic Pizza Leona
1988–1992 L.A. Law Susan Bloom TV, 15 episodes
1989 Murder, She Wrote Harriet Lundgren TV, 1 episode
1989 Peaceable Kingdom, AA Peaceable Kingdom Kate Galindo TV, 9 episodes
1990 Edward Scissorhands Helen
1992–1993 Hearts Afire Dr. Ruth Colquist/Madeline Stoessinger TV, 5 episode
1993 Samurai Cowboy Bobbi Bob Pickette
1993 Sirens Mrs. Chattle TV, 1 episode
1993 True Romance Mary Louise Ravencroft
1993 Heaven & Earth Bernice
1996 Freeway Mrs. Sheets
1996 Minor Adjustments Mrs. Daisy Gotschel TV, 1 episode
1996 Townies Marge TV, regular cast
1996 Walker, Texas Ranger Lureen Smith TV, 1 episode
1996 My Fellow Americans Woman Truck Driver
1997–1998 Teen Angel Pam TV, 17 episodes
1998 Buffy the Vampire Slayer Nurse Greenliegh TV, 1 episode
1999 Touched by an Angel Irene TV, 1 episode
1999 Two Guys and a Girl Shawn's Mother TV, 1 episode
1999 JAG Deanne TV, 1 episode
1999 Friends The Judge TV, 1 episode
2000 Crime and Punishment in Suburbia Bella
2000 Erin Brockovich Brenda
2001 Popular Calamity Jane TV, 1 episode
2001 ER Mrs. Jenkins TV, 1 episode
2001 K-PAX Betty McAllister
2002 Sabrina, the Teenage Witch Bus Driver TV, 1 episode
2002 Mr. Deeds Jan
2003 Becker Pearl TV, 1 episode
2003 Judging Amy Maxine's Co-Worker TV, 1 episode
2003–present Two and a Half Men Berta TV, 190 episodes
2007 Kabluey Kathleen  
2012 Frankenweenie Bob's Mom Voice role

Awards and nominations[edit]

List of awards and award nominations
Year Award Category Title of work Result
1974 Drama Desk Award Outstanding Performance Sea Horse, TheThe Sea Horse Won
1974 Theatre World Award Sea Horse, TheThe Sea Horse Won
1981 Western Heritage Awards Bronze Wrangler Heartland (shared with cast) Won
1992 Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series L.A. Law Nominated
2005 Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Two and a Half Men Nominated
2007 Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Two and a Half Men Nominated

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Conchata Ferrell Biography (1943-)". Filmreference.com. 1943-03-28. Retrieved 2014-01-07. 
  2. ^ "Conchata Ferrell Biography - Yahoo! Movies". Movies.yahoo.com. Retrieved 2014-01-07. 
  3. ^ Gans, Andrew (2011-04-14). "Minka Kelly, Susan Sullivan Set for Love, Loss... Off-Broadway". Playbill. Retrieved 2011-04-21. 

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