We mourn the loss of a talented actress who has entertained the masses for decades across screen and stage with the passing of Conchata Ferrell at age 77.
Per Deadline.com, she reportedly died peacefully surrounded by family at Sherman Oaks Hospital in California. Contending with health issues for months now, she passed away Monday, October 12 as a result of complications following a cardiac arrest.
The veteran actress got her start originating the role of April Green in the off-Broadway production of The Hot L Baltimore (a role she revisited in the short-lived television series adaptation) and her award-winning turn in the off-Broadway production of Edward J. Moore's The Sea Horse in 1974. She worked steadily on screen and stage ever since, adding memorable guest and supporting roles to her 131 IMDb credits.
We hold Conchata Ferrell near and dear to our hearts thanks to her hilarious turn as the wise-cracking housekeeper and reluctant den mother Berta on TWO AND A HALF MEN, which originally ran for 12 seasons and 262 episodes on CBS. She was upped to series regular in season 2 after starting the series in a recurring guest star capacity back in 2003. We've enjoyed the legacy of her work as the straight-shooting, no nonsense Berta who keeps the comedy series' troublesome men of the house in line, portrayed by Charlie Sheen, Jon Cryer, Angus T. Jones, and later Ashton Kutcher, thanks to counting the show among our local syndicated programming roster for years here in Milwaukee. The role earned her two of her three career Emmy Nominations, the other being for her work as Susan Bloom on L.A. Law.
Her co-stars were among the countless outlets and individuals who took to social media to share their respects and stories about the endearing performer. She is survived by her beloved husband Arnie and their daughter Samantha, and will be missed by many.
Enjoy Conchata Ferrell's comedy stylings as housekeeper Berta on TWO AND A HALF MEN, weeknights at 6 & 6:30pm on My24.
*Updated: There was a regrettable mistype on the cover graphic's text. Our deepest apologies.