Conchata Ferrell

Conchata Ferrell

Ferrell in September 2011
Born Conchata Galen Ferrell
(1943-03-28) March 28, 1943
Charleston, West Virginia, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 1974–present
Known for Two and a Half Men (2003–15)
Spouse(s) Arnie Anderson[1]
Children Samantha[2]

Conchata Galen Ferrell (born March 28, 1943) is an American actress. She is best known for playing Berta the housekeeper for all 12 seasons of the CBS sitcom Two and a Half Men, for which she received two Primetime Emmy Award nominations in 2005 and 2007.

Personal life

Ferrell was born in Charleston, West Virginia, the daughter of Mescal Loraine (née George) and Luther Martin Ferrell. [3][4] 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. She was raised in a Christian family. She is married to Arnie Anderson and has one daughter, Samantha.[5]


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 whose career has spanned four decades, she is best known for her starring role as the frontier housekeeper 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.

In 1992, she received her first Primetime Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for her recurring role as 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.

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. 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).

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.[6]

Ferrell is 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. 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.

In 2012, she had her first film voice role as Bob's Mom in Frankenweenie which was directed by Tim Burton.


Year Title Role Director Notes
1974 Maude Rita Valdez Hal Cooper TV series (1 episode: "Florida's Goodbye")
1975 Hot l Baltimore April Green Bob LaHendro
Burt Brinckerhoff
TV series (13 episodes)
1976 Deadly Hero Slugger Ann Ivan Nagy
Network Barbara Schlesinger Sidney Lumet
1977 Rockford Files, TheThe Rockford Files Ella Mae White Reza Badiyi TV series (1 episode: "Crack Back")
Mixed Nuts Nurse Cassidy Jerry Belson
Peter H. Hunt
TV short
Blansky's Beauties Nurse Gibbons Alan Rafkin TV series (1 episode: "Nancy Breaks a Leg")
The Girl Called Hatter Fox Nurse Rinehart George Schaefer TV movie
Good Times Miss Johnson Gerren Keith TV series (1 episode: "Willona, the Fuzz")
One Day at a Time Phyllis McDermott Herbert Kenwith TV series (1 episode: "The Singles Bar")
1978 A Death in Canaan Rita Parsons Tony Richardson TV movie
Who'll Save Our Children? Dodie Hart George Schaefer (2) TV movie
1979 The Love Boat Bitsy Sheldon Roger Duchowny TV series (2 episodes)
Heartland Elinore Randall Stewart Richard Pearce
Before and After Marge Kim Friedman TV movie
The Misadventures of Sheriff Lobo The Fox Bruce Bilson TV series (2 episodes)
B. J. and the Bear Wilhemina 'The Fox' Johnson Several directors TV series (4 episodes)
1980 The Seduction of Miss Leona Hazel Dawson Joseph Hardy TV movie
Reunion Toni Owens Russ Mayberry TV movie
Rape and Marriage: The Rideout Case Helen Peter Levin TV movie
Knots Landing Mrs. Messinger Edward Parone TV series (2 episodes)
1981 CBS Afternoon Playhouse Mamie Trotter Jeffrey Hayden TV series (1 episode: "The Great Gilly Hopkins")
McClain's Law Vangie Cruise Vincent McEveety TV series (1 episode: "Pilot")
Lou Grant Myra Wexler Peter Levin (2) TV series (1 episode: "Drifters")
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")
1982 Quincy, M.E. Mrs. Werner Georg Fenady TV series (1 episode: "Into the Murdering Mind")
Life of the Party: The Story of Beatrice Captain Burnsite Lamont Johnson TV movie
Cagney & Lacey Charlene Reza Badiyi (2) TV series (1 episode: "High Steel")
1983 St. Elsewhere Gina Barnett Mark Tinker TV series (1 episode: "Hearts")
American Playhouse Faye Doyle Michael Dinner TV series (1 episode: "Miss Lonelyhearts")
Emergency Room Nurse Sylvia Kaye Lee H. Katzin TV movie
1984 Nadia Mili Simonescu Alan Cooke TV movie
Faerie Tale Theatre Thumbelina's Mother Michael Lindsay-Hogg TV series (1 episode: "Thumbelina")
The Three Wishes of Billy Grier Dr. Gardner Corey Blechman TV movie
1984–85 E/R Nurse Joan Thor Peter Bonerz TV series (22 episodes)
1985 The Fisher Family Sharron Miller TV series (1 episode: "The Stranger")
North Beach and Rawhide Doc Norman Harry Falk TV movie
1986 Samaritan: The Mitch Snyder Story Ida Sinclair Richard T. Heffron TV movie
Where the River Runs Black Mother Marta Christopher Cain
Picnic Helen Potts Marshall W. Mason TV movie
Matlock Mrs. Reese Alan Cooke (2) TV series (1 episode: "The Sisters")
1987 Night Court Nurse Jim Drake TV series (1 episode: "Here's to You, Mrs. Robinson")
Sledge Hammer! Judge Ida Gruff Reza Badiyi (3) TV series (1 episode: "Jagged Sledge")
Frank's Place Jan Rudy Hugh Wilson TV series (1 episode: "The Bridge")
Eye on the Sparrow Mary John Korty TV movie
1988 Hooperman Rick Wallace TV series (1 episode: "The Snitch")
For Keeps Mrs. Bobrucz John G. Avildsen
Who's the Boss? Frances James Eric Hornbeck TV series (1 episode: "Housekeepers Unite")
Sonny Spoon Tough Habit Dick Miller TV series (1 episode: "Tough Habit")
CBS Summer Playhouse Kate David Trainer TV series (1 episode: "Old Money")
Mystic Pizza Leona Donald Petrie
ABC Weekend Special Aunt Jill Ron Underwood TV series (1 episode: "Runaway Ralph")
Goodbye, Miss 4th of July George Miller TV Movie
Portrait of a White Marriage Harry Shearer
1989 A Peaceable Kingdom Kate Galindo Mark Waxman TV series (10 episodes)
Murder, She Wrote Harriet Lundgren John Llewellyn Moxey TV series (1 episode: "Something Borrowed, Someone Blue")
Your Mother Wears Combat Boots Specialist Mononaghee Anson Williams TV Movie
Hard Time on Planet Earth Annie James A. Contner TV series (1 episode: "The Hot Dog Man")
1990 Hollywood Dog William Dear TV movie
Opposites Attract Flo Noel Nosseck TV movie
Edward Scissorhands Helen Tim Burton
1991 Deadly Intentions... Again? Joan James Steven Sadwith TV movie
Chains of Gold Martha Burke Rod Holcomb TV movie
Backfield in Motion Ann Bedowski Richard Michaels TV movie
1988–92 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)
1993 The Legend of Prince Valiant Girl TV series (1 episode: "The Sage")
Dinosaurs Shelly Bruce Bilson (2) TV series (1 episode: "Dirty Dancin'")
Family Prayers Mrs. Romeyo Scott M. Rosenfelt
Sirens Mrs. Chattle TV series (1 episode: "Keeping the Peace")
True Romance Mary Louise Ravencroft Tony Scott
Cobra Bobby Gutner Jorge Montesi TV series (1 episode: "Honeymoon Hideaway")
Heaven & Earth Bernice Oliver Stone
1994 Samurai Cowboy Bobbi Bob Pickette Michael Keusch
A Worn Path Nurse Bruce Schwartz
Duckman Roxanne Jeff McGrath
John Eng
TV series (2 episodes)
1992–95 Hearts Afire Dr. Madeline Stoessinger / Dr. Ruth Colquist Several directors TV series (33 episodes)
1995 The Buccaneers Mrs. Elmsworth Philip Saville TV miniseries (1 episode: "Invasion")
The Naked Truth Maxine Mansfield TV series (1 episode: "Muddy for Nothing")
The Mask: Animated Series Willamina Bubask TV series (1 episode: "How Much Is That Dog in the Tin Can?")
The Client Rue James Quinn TV series (1 episode: "The Way Things Never Were")
1996 Freeway Mrs. Sheets Matthew Bright
Minor Adjustments Mrs. Daisy Gotschel TV series (1 episode: "The Ungrateful Dead")
Walker, Texas Ranger Lureen Smith Michael Preece TV series (1 episode: "Miracle at Middle Creek")
Sweet Dreams Dr. Kate Lowe Jack Bender TV movie
Townies Marge Pamela Fryman TV series (2 episodes)
My Fellow Americans Woman Truck Driver Peter Segal
1997 Touch Virginia Worrel Paul Schrader
ABC TGIF Pam TV series (1 episode: "Frightful Halloween Bash")
Aaahh!!! Real Monsters Simpah Denise Downer TV series (1 episode: "Clockwise/Gromble Soup")
1997–98 Teen Angel Pam Several directors TV series (17 episodes)
1998 Modern Vampires Wanda Richard Elfman TV movie
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Nurse Greenliegh David Semel TV series (1 episode: "Go Fish")
1999 Touched by an Angel Irene TV series (1 episode: "The Medium and the Message")
Two Guys and a Girl Shawn's Mother Gil Junger TV series (1 episode: "Two Guys, a Girl and Valentine's Day")
JAG Deanne Terrence O'Hara TV series (1 episode: "Second Sight")
Friends The Judge Gary Halvorson TV series (1 episode: "The One with Joey's Porsche")
Chicken Soup for the Soul Mrs. Patterson TV series (1 episode: "Crying's Okay")
2000 Crime and Punishment in Suburbia Bella Rob Schmidt
Erin Brockovich Brenda Steven Soderbergh
Get Real Rosa Hernandez Richard Compton TV series (1 episode: "Support")
Pensacola Helen Wilson Sidney J. Furie TV series (1 episode: "Answered Prayers")
Buzz Lightyear of Star Command Ma Munchapper Steve Loter TV series (3 episodes)
The Wild Thornberrys Harriet's voice Carol Millican TV series (1 episode: "Time Flies")
2001 Stranger Inside Mama Cass Cheryl Dunye TV movie
Popular Calamity Jones Ryan Murphy TV series (1 episode: "The News of My Death Has Been Greatly Exaggerated")
The Zeta Project Dr. Greer Rob Davies TV series (1 episode: "The Next Gen")
Amy & Isabelle Bev Lloyd Kramer TV movie
Going to California Nurse Lucy TV series (1 episode: "I Know Why the Caged Rhino Sings")
ER Mrs. Jenkins Christopher Misiano TV series (1 episode: "Four Corners")
K-PAX Betty McAllister Iain Softley
2002 Sabrina, the Teenage Witch The Bus Driver Beth Broderick TV series (1 episode: "Guilty!")
Mr. Deeds Jan Steven Brill
Push, Nevada Martha Lisa Cholodenko TV series (1 episode: "The Letter of the Law")
2003 Becker Zora Chris Brougham TV series (1 episode: "Ms. Fortune")
Judging Amy Maxine's Co-Worker Alan Myerson TV series (1 episode: "Kilt Trip")
The Wild Thornberrys Grizzly Bear's voice TV series (1 episode: "The Wild Snob-berry")
2004 Surviving Eden Rosemary Flotchky Greg Pritikin
2007 Kabluey Kathleen Scott Prendergast
2012 Frankenweenie Bob's Mom Tim Burton (2) Voice role
2013 Not That, But Something Like That Benjamin Hasko Short
2014 Postal Jerks Carmelita James Skinner TV movie
Villisca Mrs. Flanks Tony E. Valenzuela
Wishin' and Hopin' Sister Agrippina Colin Theys TV movie
2003–2015 Two and a Half Men Berta Several directors Recurring role (season 1)
Main role (season 2–12)
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series (2005, 2007)
2015 Krampus Aunt Dorothy Michael Dougherty
2016 Grace and Frankie Grandma Jean Trent O'Donnell TV series (1 episode: "The Negotiation")

Awards and nominations

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


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