Conchata Galen Ferrell died of a heart attack. She was surrounded by friends and family when she breathed her last.
Three-time Emmy nominee Conchata Ferrell, who appeared in more than 200 episodes of Two and a Half Men, has died at the age of 77. Ferrell, who was also a regular on L.A. Law‘s sixth season, died on Monday at Sherman Oaks Hospital of complications following a cardiac arrest. She was surrounded by friends and family when she breathed her last. Ferrell, best known as Berta the housekeeper. The no-nonsense role of hers earned her a pair of Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Emmy nominations in 2005 and 2007, reports Deadline. “She was a beautiful human,” Two and a Half Men star Jon Cryer said. “I’m crying for the woman I’ll miss, and the joy she brought so many.”
We are saddened by the loss of Conchata Ferrell and are grateful for the years she brought us laughs as Berta which will live on forever. pic.twitter.com/pGQaQveSxm— Warner Bros. TV (@warnerbrostv) October 13, 2020
Added fellow Men star Charlie Sheen, “An absolute sweetheart, a consummate pro, a genuine friend. Berta, your housekeeping was a tad suspect, your ‘people’ keeping was perfect.” Reports suggest that Ferrell had been suffering from health complications since 2019, and she even suffered a heart attack earlier this year. As per The New York Times, when CBS was casting for the series, the image they had of Berta in mind was that of an Eastern European. But Ferrell preferred to do it in her own voice. “It works better in Trailer Park,” she told the producers, who quickly agreed. They even changed their minds about having Berta disappear after two episodes.
#BREAKING - R.I.P. to the amazing Conchata Ferrell. She died yesterday at the age of 77—complications following a cardiac arrest. Besides playing “Berta” on “Two and a Half Men,” she had a wonderful career in film, on stage and on television, w/“LA Law” also on her credits. pic.twitter.com/Lg5zUNqo0h— George Pennacchio (@abc7george) October 13, 2020
Ferrell beautifully portrayed the character of Berta as a merciless, unshakable, ungrammatical old hippie with an expansive knowledge of the phone numbers of local drug dealers. She once cornered Charlie, demanding that he clarify her “place” in the household. “Wherever you want it to be,” he said. Once, she expressed her fondness for Sheen by speaking as Berta, “I liked the fact that he lived the way he lived and he said what he said and he did what he did. I liked him because he was a classier version of me.” Conchata Galen Ferrell was born on March 28, 1943, in Loudendale, W.Va., near Charleston, the state capital.
RIP Conchata Ferrell. I LOVED not just working with you but getting to know you.....your humor, your heart, your talent, how much you loved your daughter and husband..... Thanks for gracing us with your presence! Love ya 💛🙏🏿https://t.co/2Fp7J26jrj— Viola Davis (@violadavis) October 14, 2020
Luther Ferrell, her dad, a factory worker, considered himself lucky to not be working in the mines. He told his daughter to find a job that she would thoroughly enjoy doing. Her journey wasn't an easy one, but she was happy with what she had. “I feel like the reason I’ve survived in this business is because I love acting,” she said, during an interview. Also, she listened to the only advice her father gave her. “I mean, I fulfilled my dad’s desire for me,” she added. “I love what I do.” Ferrell married Arnie Anderson, a film-industry sound mixer, in 1986. She is survived by him and their daughter, as do two stepdaughters, Lisa and Caitlin Anderson.
“I got on stage, the laughs started coming, and every pore in my body opened up, and in my head I went, ‘This is it’.”— Letterboxd (@letterboxd) October 13, 2020
Farewell, Conchata Ferrell, one of the very best ones. 💔 pic.twitter.com/YvCQvUc8Gd
Darlene Silbering shared on Facebook: She was hilarious and added just enough sidekick humor to the show. I'm so sorry to hear this. May she rest in peace. Michele McLaughlin shared: Sad, she was a very talented actress. Especially on Two and a Half men !!!!! Hilarious. Rest In Peace and thank you for making us laugh for so many years. Nancy Kindrick posted: Oh so sad she was a great actress i sure hated to hear this so sorry for her family and close friends loss my heart goes out to all of you that knew her well she will be missed by all of us l loved her. Louisa Bouldin commented: She's going to be missed very much she was a wonderful actress and comedian.
[R.I.P.] ‘Edward Scissorhands’ and ‘Krampus’ Actress Conchata Ferrell Has Passed Away https://t.co/tqVRTCneYJ— Bloody Disgusting (@BDisgusting) October 13, 2020