Actress Conchata Ferrell passed away on October 12 at 12:30 pm PST at the age of 77 due to complications following cardiac arrest. She died peacefully surrounded by her family at Sherman Oaks Hospital in Sherman Oaks, California.
Ferrell is probably best known for her role as no-nonsense housekeeper Berta in the hit CBS comedy Two men and a half. This role earned her two Emmy nominations for a Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series in 2005 and 2007.
“She was a beautiful human” Two men and a half star Jon Cryer said following news of Ferrell’s death. “Berta’s gruff appearance was an invention of the writers. Chatty’s warmth and vulnerability were her real strengths. I’m crying for the woman I’ll miss and the joy she brought so many.” (You can see his tweet below.)
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The veteran actress also earned an Emmy nomination in 1992 for the role of Susan Bloom Los Angeles law. Among his other noteworthy TV series Good Times, E / R, Grace and Frankie, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and BJ and The Bear.
Ferrell was an accomplished stage actress. He achieved off-Broadway success 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 “Hot L “by Lanford Wilson Baltimore” took her to Los Angeles and had a starring role in Norman Lear’s series of the same name. Other notable productions include Tennessee Williams’ “Battle of Angels” in 1974 (later known as “Orpheus Descending”) and William Inge’s “Picnic” at the Ahmanson Theater.
“Conchata Ferrell was exactly the kind of artist we created our theater for, a deeply honest artist who would inspire our playwrights to create roles for her,” said Circle Rep’s founding art director Marshall W. Mason. “She was our first home grown star.”
Ferrell’s numerous film credits include Heartland, which marked her first leading role, Network, Mystic Pizza, True Romance, Erin Brockovich, Edward Scissorhands and 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 historical education. He later taught acting for television at UCLA for several years.
Ferrell, whose most recent credits included Netflix The ranch, TV movie A nutty Christmas and the next feature Deported, moved to a long-term care facility several months ago after suffering cardiac arrest. She leaves her husband Arnie Anderson and her daughter Samantha. In place of flowers, the family requests any donations to TheLovelandFoundation.org and ASPCA.org.
Here are other memories of Mason di Ferrell, which he directed in his most significant works:
After graduating from Marshall University, Conchata Ferrell came from West Virginia to the Circle Repertory Company, an off-off-Broadway company in her freshman year, where she debuted as the maid who lit a chandelier and then raised it to illuminate. the 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 glad he wrote The Hot L Baltimore for them. Chatty anchored longtime success as April, the world-weary sage who had done it all and enjoyed it most. Her stardom twist 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 mesmerizing performance in The Seahorse, which earned her an Obie Award.
Then, she played breathless and sexually hysterical artist Vee Talbot, the red-necked sheriff’s wife in the New York premiere of Tennessee Williams. ” Battle of the angels.
In the early 1980s, she joined a stellar cast in the Ahmanson Theater’s production of Picnic, as Mrs. Potts, Jennifer Jason Leigh’s warm neighbor and Rue McClanahan. He reprized his role on the Showtime television version.
She was a beautiful human
Berta’s gruff appearance was an invention of the writers. Chatty’s warmth and vulnerability were her real strengths.
I am crying for the woman I will miss and for the joy she has brought so many. https://t.co/SucL6gFaAR
– Jon Cryer (@MrJonCryer) 13 October 2020