Ferrell is probably best known for her role as the no-frills housekeeper Berta in the hit CBS comedy. Two and a half men. This role earned him two Emmy nominations in a comedy series in 2005 and 2007.
“She was a beautiful human” Two and a half men Star Jon Cryer said after news of Ferrell’s death broke. “Berta’s gruff exterior was an invention of the writers. Chatty’s warmth and vulnerability were his real strengths. I cry for the woman I will miss and the joy she brought to her. (You can see his tweet below.)
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The veteran actress also landed an Emmy nomination in 1992 for her role as Susan Bloom on LA Law. His other notable TV series include Good Times, E / R, Grace and Frankie, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and BJ and The Bear.
Ferrell was an accomplished stage actress. She achieved success off Broadway as an original member of the Circle Repertory Theater. For her appearance as Gertrude Blum in Edward J. Moore’s “The Sea Horse”, she received a Drama Desk Award, a Theater World Award and an Obie Award for Best Actress in 1974. Her role as April Green in Lanford Wilson Baltimore’s ‘Hot L’ took her to Los Angeles and starred in the Norman Lear series of the same name. Other notable productions include “Battle of Angels” in 1974 by Tennessee Williams (later known as “Orpheus Descending”) and “Picnic” by William Inge at the Ahmanson Theater.
“Conchata Ferrell was exactly the kind of artist we created our theater for – a deeply honest performer who would inspire our playwrights to create roles for her,” said Founding Artistic Director of Circle Rep, Marshall W. Mason. “She was our first local star.”
Ferrell’s many film credits include Heartland, who marked his first leading role, Network, Mystic Pizza, True Romance, Erin Brockovich, Edward Scissorhands et Krampus.
Born Conchata Galen Ferrell on March 28, 1943 in Charleston, West Virginia to Luther Martin Ferrell and Mescal Loraine (George) Ferrell, she attended West Virginia University and Marshall University. Ferrell graduated from Marshall with a degree in teaching history. She then taught drama for television at UCLA for several years.
Ferrell, whose most recent credits included Netflix The ranch, TV movie A very nutty Christmas and functionality to come Deported, moved to a long-term care facility several months ago after suffering cardiac arrest. She is survived by her husband Arnie Anderson and her daughter Samantha. In lieu of flowers, the family is asking for donations from TheLovelandFoundation.org and ASPCA.org.
Here are other memories of Mason de Ferrell, which he directed in his most important plays:
After graduating from Marshall University, Conchata Ferrell came from West Virginia to the Circle Repertory Company, a non-Broadway company during her freshman year, where she made her debut as a maid who lit a chandelier and then lifted it to light up Chekhov. Three sisters.
Lanford Wilson saw Chatty (as we all knew her) as Agnes in her one-act Ludlow Fair opposite Trish Hawkins, and he was so thrilled that he wrote The Hot L Baltimore for them. Chatty anchored the longtime success in April, the tired worldly wise-cracker who had done it all and enjoyed it the most. His star turn caught the attention of Norman Lear, who created a television series of Hot L around her.
Before leaving for Hollywood, Chatty returned to the Circle Rep to play Gertie, a fascinating performance in The hippocampus, which earned him an Obie Award.
Then she played breathless and sexually hysterical artist Vee Talbot, the wife of the red-necked sheriff in the New York premiere of Tennessee Williams’ Battle of the Angels.
In the early 1980s, she joined a star cast in the Ahmanson Theater production of Picnic, like Mrs. Potts, the warm neighbor of Jennifer Jason Leigh and McClanahan Street. She reprized her role in the television version of Showtime.
She was a beautiful human
Berta’s gruff exterior was an invention of the writers. Chatty’s warmth and vulnerability were his real strengths.
I cry for the woman who will be missed, and the joy she has brought to so many. https://t.co/SucL6gFaAR
– Jon Cryer (@MrJonCryer) October 13, 2020