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Actress Conchata Ferrell passed away on October 12 at 12:30 PM PST, at the age of 77 as a result of complications following a cardiac arrest. She died peacefully surrounded by family at Sherman Oaks Hospital in Sherman Oaks, California. Ferrell as Berta in 'Two and a Half Men' CBS Ferrell is probably best known for her role as no-nonsense housekeeper Berta on the hit CBS comedy Two and a Half Men. This role earned her two Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Emmy nominations in 2005 and 2007. "She was a beautiful human," Two and a Half Men star Jon Cryer said of Ferrell. "I'm crying for the woman I'll miss, and the joy she brought so many." Added fellow star Charlie Sheen, "An absolute sweetheart, a consummate pro, a genuine friend." The veteran actress also landed an Emmy nomination in 1992 for her role as Susan Bloom on L.A. Law. Her other notable TV series include Good Times, E/R, Grace and Frankie, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and BJ and The Bear.
Ferrell was an accomplished stage actress. She gained success off-Broadway as an original member of the Circle Repertory Theatre. For her appearance as Gertrude Blum in Edward J. Moore's "The Sea Horse," she received a Drama Desk Award, a Theatre World Award, and an Obie Award for Best Actress in 1974. Her role as April Green in Lanford Wilson's "Hot L Baltimore" led her to Los Angeles and a starring role in the Norman Lear series of the same name. Lear called Ferrell "one of the dearest people and most amazing talents I have ever worked with." Other notable productions Ferrell appeared in include "Battle of Angels" in 1974 by Tennessee Williams (later known as "Orpheus Descending"), and "Picnic" by William Inge at the Ahmanson Theater. "Conchata Ferrell was exactly the kind of artist for whom we created our theater – a deeply honest performer who would inspire our playwrights to create roles for her," said Circle Rep's founding artistic director, Marshall W. Mason. "She was our first home-grown star." Ferrell's extensive film credits include Heartland, which marked her first starring 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 history education. She later taught acting for television at UCLA for several years. Ferrell, whose most recent credits included Netflix's The Ranch, TV movie A Very Nutty Christmas and the upcoming feature Deported, moved into a long-term care facility several months ago after suffering a cardiac arrest. In lieu of flowers the family requests any donations to TheLovelandFoundation.org and the ASPCA.org. Here is more of Mason's memories of Ferrell, whom he directed in her most significant plays: After graduating from Marshall University, Conchata Ferrell came from West Virginia to the Circle Repertory Company, an off-off-Broadway company in its first year, where she made her debut as the Maid who lighted a chandelier and then raised it to illuminate Chekhov's Three Sisters. Lanford Wilson saw Chatty (as we all knew her) as Agnes in his one-act Ludlow Fair opposite Trish Hawkins, and he was so delighted that he wrote The Hot L Baltimore for them. Chatty anchored the long-running hit as April, the world-weary wise-cracker who had done everything and enjoyed most of it. Her star turn attracted the attention of Norman Lear, who created a television series of Hot L around her. Before she left for Hollywood, Chatty came back to Circle Rep to play Gertie, a mesmerizing performance in The Sea Horse, which won her an Obie Award. Then, she played the breathless, sexually hysterical artist Vee Talbot, the wife of the red-neck Sheriff in the New York premiere of Tennessee Williams' Battle of Angels. In the early 80's, she joined an all-star cast in the Ahmanson Theater production of Picnic, as Mrs. Potts, the warm-hearted neighbor of Jennifer Jason Leigh and Rue McClanahan. She reprised her role in the Showtime television version. She was a beautiful human Berta's gruff exterior was an invention of the writers. Chatty's warmth and vulnerability were her real strengths. — Jon Cryer (@MrJonCryer) October 13, 2020 CONCHATA Ferrell, who starred as Berta on CBS' long-running sitcom Two and a Half Men, died on Monday at the age of 77. She passed away following complications from a cardiac arrest she suffered earlier this year, reports Deadline. 6 Actress Conchata Ferrell died at the age of 77 on Monday Credit: Getty Images Conchata died surrounded by family at Sherman Oaks Hospital in Sherman Oaks, California on Monday afternoon at 12:30 PM local time. She had been battling health issues since last year and was moved to a long-term facility a few months ago after suffering a heart attack. 6 The late actress starred as Berta on CBS' Two and a Half Men for more than 200 episodes Credit: CBS - Getty She was first hospitalized in December 2019 due to a life-threatening kidney and blood infection. According to TMZ, the actress had been enjoying time at her vacation home in Charleston, West Virginia in December when she began to feel "weak and frail." 6 She passed away from complications after suffering a heart attack earlier this year Credit: Alpha Press She then allegedly discovered she had a kidney infection that had spread and begun to contaminate her blood. While in the ICU for four weeks she suffered cardiac arrest, and doctors kept her there for several weeks before she was released into transitional care in January. The actress was bedridden at home, and despite undergoing physical therapy several times a day, could not get onto her feet and was moved to a long-term care facility in July. 6 The late actress earned two Emmy nominations during her time on Two and a Half Men, as well as one nomination while she was on NBC's L.A. Law Credit: Getty Images 6 Jon Cryer mourned the loss of 'beautiful human' and former costar Conchata on social media Credit: CBS - Getty During her time portraying Berta for more than 200 episodes of Two and a Half Men, the late star two received two Primetime Emmy Award nominations for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series. Former costar Jon Cryer, who played Alan Harper on the popular series, mourned the loss on Twitter, writing: "She was a beautiful human. Berta's gruff exterior was an invention of the writers. 6 Two and a Half Men alum Charlie Sheen posted a tribute, as well Credit: Getty Images "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." Charlie Sheen, who played Charlier Harper on the sitcom, also penned a sweet tribute on social media: "An absolute sweetheart, a consummate pro, a genuine friend, a shocking and painful loss. 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