Conchata Ferrell

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Conchata Ferrell
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BornConchata Galen Ferrell
(1943-03-28) March 28, 1943 (age 70)
Charleston, West Virginia, U.S.
Other namesConchatta Ferrell
Years active1974–present
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Conchata Ferrell
Conchata Ferrell.JPG
BornConchata Galen Ferrell
(1943-03-28) March 28, 1943 (age 70)
Charleston, West Virginia, U.S.
Other namesConchatta Ferrell
Years active1974–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.


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, 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 188 episodes since 2003.


1974MaudeRita ValdezTV, 1 episode
1975Hot l BaltimoreApril GreenTV, 13 episodes
1976NetworkBarbara Schlesinger 
1977Rockford Files, TheThe Rockford FilesElla Mae WhiteTV, 1 episode
1977Blansky's BeautiesNurse GibbonsTV, 1 episode
1977Good TimesMiss JohnsonTV, 1 episode
1979Love Boat, TheThe Love BoatBitsyTV, 2 episodes
1979HeartlandElinore Randall Stewart
1979–1981B. J. and the BearWilhemina "The Fox" JohnsonTV, 5 episodes
1980Knots LandingMotherTV, 2 episodes
1981Lou GrantMyra WexlerTV, 1 episode
1981McClain's LawVengie CruiseTV, recurrent role
1982Quincy, M.E.Mrs. WernerTV, 1 episode
1982Cagney & LaceyCharleneTV, 1 episode
1983Miss LonelyheartsFaye DoyleTelevision film
1983St. ElsewhereGina BarnettTV, 1 episode
1984NadiaMili SimonescuMovie
1984–1985E/RNurse Joan ThorTV, 22 episodes
1986Where the River Runs BlackMother Marta
1987Night CourtNurseTV, 1 episode
1987Sledge Hammer!Judge Ida GrimTV, 1 episode
1988For Keeps?Mrs. Bobrucz
1988Who's the Boss?FrancesTV, 1 episode
1988Mystic PizzaLeona
1988–1992L.A. LawSusan BloomTV, 15 episodes
1989Murder, She WroteHarriet LundgrenTV, 1 episode
1989Peaceable Kingdom, AA Peaceable KingdomKate GalindoTV, 9 episodes
1990Edward ScissorhandsHelen
1992–1993Hearts AfireDr. Ruth Colquist/Madeline StoessingerTV, 5 episode
1993Samurai CowboyBobbi Bob Pickette
1993SirensMrs. ChattleTV, 1 episode
1993True RomanceMary Louise Ravencroft
1993Heaven & EarthBernice
1996FreewayMrs. Sheets
1996Minor AdjustmentsMrs. Daisy GotschelTV, 1 episode
1996TowniesMargeTV, regular cast
1996Walker, Texas RangerLureen SmithTV, 1 episode
1996My Fellow AmericansWoman Truck Driver
1997–1998Teen AngelPamTV, 17 episodes
1998Buffy the Vampire SlayerNurse GreenlieghTV, 1 episode
1999Touched by an AngelIreneTV, 1 episode
1999Two Guys and a GirlShawn's MotherTV, 1 episode
1999JAGDeanneTV, 1 episode
1999FriendsThe JudgeTV, 1 episode
2000Crime and Punishment in SuburbiaBella
2000Erin BrockovichBrenda
2001PopularCalamity JaneTV, 1 episode
2001ERMrs. JenkinsTV, 1 episode
2001K-PAXBetty McAllister
2002Sabrina, the Teenage WitchBus DriverTV, 1 episode
2002Mr. DeedsJan
2003BeckerPearlTV, 1 episode
2003Judging AmyMaxine's Co-WorkerTV, 1 episode
2003–presentTwo and a Half MenBertaTV, 188 episodes
2012FrankenweenieBob's MomVoice role

Awards and nominations[edit]

List of awards and award nominations
YearAwardCategoryTitle of workResult
1974Drama Desk AwardOutstanding PerformanceSea Horse, TheThe Sea HorseWon
1974Theatre World AwardSea Horse, TheThe Sea HorseWon
1981Western Heritage AwardsBronze WranglerHeartland (shared with cast)Won
1992Primetime Emmy AwardOutstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama SeriesL.A. LawNominated
2005Primetime Emmy AwardOutstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy SeriesTwo and a Half MenNominated
2007Primetime Emmy AwardOutstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy SeriesTwo and a Half MenNominated


  1. ^ "Conchata Ferrell Biography (1943-)". 1943-03-28. Retrieved 2014-01-07. 
  2. ^ "Conchata Ferrell Biography - Yahoo! Movies". 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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