Known for movies

Short Info

Net Worthabout $7 million
Date Of BirthMarch 28, 1943
SpouseArnie Anderson
FactIn 1974, she won both the Drama Desk (Vernon Rice) award and Obie for the off-Broadway "The Sea Horse."


Who is Conchata Ferrell?

Born on 28 March, 1943, in Loudendale, West Virginia, under the fire sign of Aries, Conchata Galen Ferrell is a 76-year-old American theater, film and television actress. She made a name for herself by playing the now-legendary housekeeper Berta in the TV series “Two and a Half Men”. While her role was mainly created to support Jon Cryer and Charlie Sheen, she became a fan favorite, and went on to shape the show for all 12 years of its existence, which resulted in two Primetime Emmy Nominations, in 2005 and 2007. However, her acting resume includes appearances in shows and films such as “L.A. Law”, “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”, “Edward Scissorhands” and “Erin Bronkovich”. Using her initial experience from acting on stage, Conchata became one of the most renowned supporting actresses in the last few decades.

Early Life and Education: Growing Up in West Virginia and Ohio

Conchata Ferrell was born to Luther Martin and Mescal Loraine Ferrell in the small town of Loudendale, but she spent most of her childhood in Charleston, which is located in the same state. There is no available information about her parents, other than their names. Regardless, we do know that young Conchata was a brilliant student. She completed her high school education in Circleville, Ohio, upon moving there during middle school. Subsequently, she enrolled at West Virginia University and excelled during her time there, however, after her second year, she suddenly dropped out because she didn’t have the motivation to study anymore. After abandoning her studies, Conchata worked several jobs to support herself, until some years later when she determined to make a return to the world of higher education, and enrolled into Marshall University. This time, she successfully graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in social studies and education. During her time at Marshall, Ferrell also decided to try something that was completely foreign to her – in 1969, she joined Bardenon Review, a comedy and music group, which gave her a taste of acting.

Career Beginnings: Making the Stage Her Second Home

Using her experience from college, Conchata was ready to become a professional actress. Her first and greatest love was, of course, theater, so she opted to become a stage actress and devote herself perfecting her craft. During the nascent period of her career, Ferrell joined the Circle Repertory Company, which was a renowned acting troupe in the 1970s. Her breakthrough came in 1974, when she was given a role in “The Sea Horse”, an off-Broadway play which took critics and theater aficionados off-guard. Without much promotion, or promise, the production ended up being a major success. Conchata won a total of three awards for her performance – an Obie, Drama Desk and Theater World Award. That same year, Ferrell made her TV debut as Rita Valdez in “Maude”, and a few months later was cast as April Green in “Hot L Baltimore”. Interestingly, she reprised the same role from a few months earlier, as the show was based on a stage production. The rest of the 1970s featured her mostly in TV movies and shows, such as “Good Times”, “The Rockford Files” and “The Love Boat”. 1975’s “Deadly Hero” was her silver screen debut.

Conchata Ferrell

Making a Name for Herself: Heartland, Faerie Tale Theatre and More

For her role as an essayist in the 1979 blockbuster hit “Heartland”, Conchata added another trophy to her cabinet – the Bronze Wrangler Western Heritage Award. The movie was based on “Letters of a Woman Homesteader”, written in 1914 by Elinore Pruitt Stewart; almost every major media outlet praised the film for its accurate portrayal of homesteaders in the western part of the US. Afterwards, we could see Ferrell in “Life of the Party: The Story of Beatrice”, which is a film about Beatrice O’Reilly, who founded the first recovery center for female alcoholics in all of Los Angeles. In the hit TV series “Faerie Tale Theatre”, she assumed the part of Thumbelina’s Mother, which was met with rave reviews. In the TV series “E/R”, she played Nurse Joan Thor, which was her first regular role for a total of 22 episodes, which showed everyone that she was sufficiently skilled to stay in character and showcase her character’s emotional development through the plot. In the 1980s, her other notable credits include “Cagney and Lacey”, “Nadia” and “Hooperman”. In 1989, she played Kate Galindo in “A Peaceable Kingdom” for a total of 10 episodes.

The 1990s: LA Law, Hearts Afire, Townies and More

Even though she was an experienced actress at this point, Ferrell still wasn’t satisfied with the amount of recognition she had, so she started working even harder to gain the respect she deserved. In the ‘90s, her most significant role was that of Susan Bloom in “L.A. Law”, which she assumed for a total of 20 episodes, and so effectively as a supporting actress that she received a nomination for a Primetime Emmy Award. Despite the fact that she didn’t win, Conchata was happy and more motivated than ever. Afterwards, she went on a rampage, appearing in “A Worn Path”, “Sirens”, “Cobra” and many other movies and shows during the decade. In 1992, she landed the role of Dr. Madeline Stoessinger in “Hearts Afire”, a hit sitcom which eventually became a cult classic. Her other two significant TV show parts of the decade were in “Teen Angel” and “Townies”, with smaller roles in “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”, “Erin Bronkovich” and “The Naked Truth”. During the 1990s era, she gained a lot of fans despite being overweight, showing a distinct charm that no other actor or actress had.

The Crown Jewel of Her Career: Two and a Half Men

When the new millennium reared its head, Conchata continued in the same fashion as before. With a no-nonsense approach, she managed to land roles in “Going to California”, “Sabrina, the Teenage Witch” and “Push, Nevada”, however, in 2003 she made the biggest breakthrough in her career, landing the role of Housekeeper Berta in the hilarious sitcom “Two and a Half Men”. Immediately during the first season, she displayed excellent chemistry alongside John Cryer and Charlie Sheen, thus becoming an integral part of the show. With tongue-in-cheek humor and a healthy dose of sarcasm, Ferrell became a real star overnight. She assumed her role for a total of 211 episodes, more than anyone else, aside from the three main actors. While the show was still being filmed, Ferrell was nominated for a Primetime Emmy for the second and third time in her career, which is an incredible achievement for a supporting actress. Despite failing to win both times, she was proud of the achievement.

In recent years, she hasn’t been all that active, with sporadic credits such as “Postal Jerks”, “Krampus” and “A Very Nutty Christmas”.

Personal Life: Is Conchata Ferrell Married? Does She Have Children?

In 1986, Conchata married Arnie Anderson and the two have been together ever since. She has one daughter named Samantha, who was born in 1982. Upon marrying Anderson, she adopted his two daughters from a previous relationship, and he her daughter. Despite her charming attitude and impeccable charisma, Ferrell has always been a private person, so we don’t know a lot about her marriage to Arnie.

Berta is the best!!!

Posted by Conchata Ferrell – FAN PAGE on Sunday, September 4, 2011

How Did Conchata Farrell Manage to Lose So Much Weight?

Ever since her youth, Conchata has been a compulsive overeater, which caused her to gain a significant amount of weight. No one could dispute her talents, which allowed her to land roles on almost a monthly basis However, her problem was two-fold – while she was able to get a lot of roles, the ones she truly yearned for eluded her because of her weight. On one occasion, a producer told her she gave ‘the best audition he had seen in years’, but that she didn’t get the role because she was ‘as big as a house’. The other side of the problem was that her health was rapidly deteriorating. Never the one to give up, Conchata worked harder than ever and also started using her platform to battle the discrimination against overweight people. At the same time, she became focused on losing weight and becoming healthier. In 2009, she was visibly slimmer, claiming that she had lost over 60 pounds. As the years went on, she began exercising and eating more fruits and vegetables, which ended up being the right decision. Despite being semi-retired nowadays, Ferrell is still adamant when it comes to fighting for her health and wellbeing.

Net Worth: How Rich is Conchata Ferrell?

Have you ever wondered how affluent Conchata really is? Well, according to several authoritative sources, she has a net worth of approximately $7 million, as of mid-2019, accumulated by working incessantly for more than 40 years now, with little time to rest. The bulk of her wealth comes from her time in “Two and a Half Men”, where she would end up receiving $150,000 per episode as her character became more prominent. During the final season, she received a total of $2.5 million, which was unheard of for a supporting actress. Nevertheless, she is set for life and able to enjoy her retirement.

Social Media Presence

Thanks to the ever expanding grasp that social media has on worldwide audiences, it is in the best interests of most celebrities to keep their fans informed about their activities, and thus maintain and potentially increase their ratings and profit. However, it doesn’t appear as though Conchata is at all preoccupied with maintaining her involvement in this trend, seeing as her presence on social networks is all but ubiquitous at the moment. She doesn’t have Facebook and Instagram accounts, while her Twitter account has only three tweets from 13 January 2012.

General Info

Full NameConchata Ferrell
Net Worthabout $7 million
Salary$150 thousand
Date Of BirthMarch 28, 1943
Height1.6 m
ProfessionActor
EducationMarshall University, West Virginia University
NationalityAmerican

Family

SpouseArnie Anderson
ChildrenSamantha Anderson
ParentsMescal Loraine Ferrell, Luther Martin Ferrell

Accomplishments

AwardsTV Land Future Classic Award, Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Performance, Obie Award for Performance
NominationsPrimetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
MoviesKrampus, Edward Scissorhands, Erin Brockovich, Frankenweenie, Mr. Deeds, Mystic Pizza, K-PAX, Kabluey, For Keeps, Network, Crime and Punishment in Suburbia, Heartland, Family Prayers, Deadly Hero, Stranger Inside, Amy & Isabelle, Modern Vampires, A Death in Canaan, Life of the Party: The Story of Be...
TV ShowsTwo and a Half Men, Hot l Baltimore, B. J. and the Bear, L.A. Law, Teen Angel, Hearts Afire, E/R, Townies, McClain's Law, A Peaceable Kingdom, Push, Nevada, This Is the Life

Social profile links

Facts

#Fact
1She is of English, Scottish, German, and Irish ancestry.
2In the 1980s, she appeared in an all-star revival of the William Inge play "Picnic," which ran for several months at the Ahmanson Theater in Los Angeles. Co-stars included Gregory Harrison, Jennifer Jason-Leigh, Michael Learned, Rue McClanahan, and both Dick and Joyce van Patten. The production met with such critical success that it was produced as an award-winning Cable TV broadcast.
3Very good friends with Two and a Half Men (2003) co-star Angus T. Jones. Both share a passion for video gaming and reading.
4She enjoys playing video games, particularly role-playing games.
5Has one daughter named Samantha.
6In 1974, she won both the Drama Desk (Vernon Rice) award and Obie for the off-Broadway "The Sea Horse."

Pictures

Movies

Actress

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Deported2016post-productionBetsy
Villisca2016Mrs. Flanks
Grace and Frankie2016TV SeriesGrandma Jean
Postal Jerks2015TV MovieCarmelita
Krampus2015/IAunt Dorothy
Two and a Half Men2003-2015TV SeriesBerta
Wishin' and Hopin'2014Sister Agrippina
Not That, But Something Like That2013Short
Frankenweenie2012Bob's Mom (voice)
Kabluey2007Kathleen
Surviving Eden2004Rosemary Flotchky
Judging Amy2003TV SeriesMaxine's Co-Worker
Becker2003TV SeriesZora
The Wild Thornberrys2000-2003TV SeriesGrizzly Bear / Harriet
Citizen Tony2003TV MovieBertha Strudel (voice)
Push, Nevada2002TV SeriesMartha
Mr. Deeds2002Jan
Sabrina, the Teenage Witch2002TV SeriesThe Bus Driver
K-PAX2001Betty McAllister
ER2001TV SeriesMrs. Jenkins
Going to California2001TV SeriesNurse Lucy
Amy & Isabelle2001TV MovieBev
The Zeta Project2001TV SeriesDr. Greer
Popular2001TV SeriesCalamity Jones
Stranger Inside2001TV MovieMama Cass
Buzz Lightyear of Star Command2000TV SeriesMa
Pensacola: Wings of Gold2000TV SeriesHelen Wilson
Get Real2000TV SeriesRosa Hernandez
Erin Brockovich2000Brenda
Crime + Punishment in Suburbia2000Bella
Chicken Soup for the Soul1999TV SeriesMrs. Patterson
Friends1999TV SeriesThe Judge
JAG1999TV SeriesDeanne
Two Guys, a Girl and a Pizza Place1999TV SeriesShawn's Mother
Touched by an Angel1999TV SeriesIrene
Buffy the Vampire Slayer1998TV SeriesNurse Greenliegh
Modern Vampires1998TV MovieWanda, Nico's Mother (as Conchetta Ferrell)
Teen Angel1997-1998TV SeriesPam
Aaahh!!! Real Monsters1997TV SeriesSimpah
ABC TGIF1997TV SeriesPam
Touch1997Virginia Worrel
My Fellow Americans1996Woman Truck Driver
Townies1996TV SeriesMarge
Sweet Dreams1996TV MovieDr. Kate Lowe
Walker, Texas Ranger1996TV SeriesLureen Smith
Minor Adjustments1996TV SeriesMrs. Daisy Gotschel
Freeway1996Mrs. Sheets
The Client1995TV SeriesRue
The Mask1995TV SeriesWillamina Bubask
The Naked Truth1995TV SeriesMaxine Mansfield
Duckman: Private Dick/Family Man1994-1995TV SeriesRoxanne
The Buccaneers1995TV Mini-SeriesMrs. Elmsworth
Hearts Afire1992-1995TV SeriesDr. Madeline Stoessinger / Dr. Ruth Colquist
A Worn Path1994Nurse
Samurai Cowboy1994Bobbi Bob Pickette
Heaven & Earth1993Bernice
Cobra1993TV SeriesBobby Gutner
True Romance1993Mary Louise Ravencroft
Sirens1993TV SeriesMrs. Chattle
The Legend of Prince Valiant1993TV SeriesSage
Family Prayers1993Mrs. Romeyo
Dinosaurs1993TV SeriesShelly
L.A. Law1988-1992TV SeriesSusan Bloom / Lorna Landsberg
Backfield in Motion1991TV MovieAnn Bedowski
Chains of Gold1991Martha Burke
Deadly Intentions... Again?1991TV MovieJoan
Edward Scissorhands1990Helen
Opposites Attract1990TV MovieFlo
Hollywood Dog1990TV Movie
Hard Time on Planet Earth1989TV SeriesAnnie
Your Mother Wears Combat Boots1989TV MovieSpecialist Mononaghee
Murder, She Wrote1989TV SeriesHarriet Lundgren
A Peaceable Kingdom1989TV SeriesKate Galindo
Portrait of a White Marriage1988Mrs. Sturgeon
Goodbye, Miss 4th of July1988TV Movie
ABC Weekend Specials1988TV SeriesAunt Jill
Mystic Pizza1988Leona
CBS Summer Playhouse1988TV SeriesKate
Sonny Spoon1988TV SeriesTough Habit
Who's the Boss?1988TV SeriesFrances
For Keeps?1988Mrs. Bobrucz
Hooperman1988TV Series
Eye on the Sparrow1987TV MovieMary
Frank's Place1987TV SeriesJan Rudy
Sledge Hammer!1987TV SeriesJudge Ida Grim
Night Court1987TV SeriesNurse
Matlock1986TV SeriesMrs. Reese
Picnic1986TV MovieHelen Potts
Where the River Runs Black1986Mother Marta
Samaritan: The Mitch Snyder Story1986TV MovieIda Sinclair
North Beach and Rawhide1985TV MovieDoc Norman
E/R1984-1985TV SeriesNurse Joan Thor
This Is the Life1985TV Series
The Three Wishes of Billy Grier1984TV MovieDr. Gardner
Faerie Tale Theatre1984TV SeriesThumbelina's Mother
Nadia1984TV MovieMili Simonescu
Emergency Room1983TV MovieNurse Sylvia Kaye
American Playhouse1983TV SeriesFaye Doyle
St. Elsewhere1983TV SeriesGina Barnett
Cagney & Lacey1982TV SeriesCharlene
Life of the Party: The Story of Beatrice1982TV MovieCaptain Burnsite
Quincy M.E.1982TV SeriesMrs. Werner
Lou Grant1981TV SeriesMyra Wexler
McClain's Law1981TV SeriesVangie Cruise
B.J. and the Bear1979-1981TV SeriesThe Fox
CBS Afternoon Playhouse1981TV SeriesMamie Trotter
Knots Landing1980TV SeriesMrs. Messinger
Rape and Marriage: The Rideout Case1980TV MovieHelen
Reunion1980TV MovieToni Owens
The Seduction of Miss Leona1980TV MovieHazel Dawson
The Misadventures of Sheriff Lobo1979TV SeriesThe Fox
Before and After1979TV MovieMarge (as Conchatta Ferrell)
Heartland1979Elinore Randall Stewart
The Love Boat1979TV SeriesBitsy Sheldon
Who'll Save Our Children?1978TV MovieDodie Hart
A Death in Canaan1978TV MovieRita Parsons
Good Times1977TV SeriesMiss Johnson
The Girl Called Hatter Fox1977TV MovieNurse Rinehart
Blansky's Beauties1977TV SeriesNurse Gibbons
Mixed Nuts1977TV ShortNurse Cassidy
The Rockford Files1977TV SeriesElla Mae White
One Day at a Time1977TV SeriesPhyllis McDermott
Network1976Barbara Schlesinger
Deadly Hero1975Slugger Ann
Hot L Baltimore1975TV SeriesApril Green
Maude1974TV SeriesRita Valdez

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Two and a Half Men2010TV Series performer - 1 episode

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Stage Door Divas2014DocumentaryHerself
The Women of Two and a Half Men2009Video documentary shortHerself - 'Berta'
Two and a Half Men: Growing Up Harper2009Video documentary shortHerself - 'Berta'
The 7th Annual TV Land Awards2009TV SpecialHerself
The 35th Annual People's Choice Awards2009TV SpecialHerself
The Florence Henderson Show2008TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The 33rd Annual People's Choice Awards2007TV Special documentaryHerself
Big Brother2005TV SeriesHerself
Weakest Link2002TV SeriesHerself
Vicki!1993TV SeriesHerself
The Wild West1993TV Mini-Series documentaryCalamity Jane
The 44th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1992TV SpecialHerself - Nominee: Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
The $10,000 Pyramid1991TV SeriesHerself

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Matlock1990TV SeriesMrs. Reese

Awards

Won Awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovie
2009Future Classic AwardTV Land AwardsTwo and a Half Men (2003)
1981Bronze WranglerWestern Heritage AwardsTheatrical Motion PictureHeartland (1979)

Nominated Awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovie
2007Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy SeriesTwo and a Half Men (2003)
2005Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy SeriesTwo and a Half Men (2003)
1992Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama SeriesL.A. Law (1986)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia
Author

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3 Comments

  1. Deb Pelletier Reply

    A wonderful actress and a joy to watch . She was at her best on the show >Two and Half men. . I can hear Berta saying,” I’m not cleaning that up. ”   We’ll miss you. 🙁

  2. So sad to hear of herb passing. Berta was a force to be reckoned with. She was one hell of an actress, with a natural born gift. She was definitely the heart of Two and a half men. RIP funny lady! Thanks for all the joy and laughs you still bring to our home.

  3. SHIRLEY McELHANEY Reply

    She was a great actress! So down to earth! I always thought she was beautiful inside and out!

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