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‘Two and a Half Men’ star Conchata Ferrell dies at 77

- By LYNN ELBER

AP Television Writer

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Conchata Ferrell, who became known for her role as Berta the housekeepe­r on TV’s “Two and a Half Men” after a long career as a character actor on stage and in movies, including “Mystic Pizza” and “Network,” has died. She was 77.

Ferrell died Monday at Sherman Oaks Hospital in Los Angeles following cardiac arrest, according to publicist Cynthia Snyder.

Ferrell soldiered through more than a decade on “Two and a Half Men,” playing opposite Charlie Sheen and Jon Cryer until Sheen was fired from the sitcom for erratic behavior that included publicly insulting producer Chuck Lorre.

The series, which debuted in 2003 on CBS, continued on the network with new star Ashton Kutcher until 2015. Ferrell was on board for the full run.

She was remembered by Cryer for the “joy she brought so many.”

“Berta’s gruff exterior was an invention of the writers. Chatty’s warmth and vulnerabil­ity were her real strengths,” he posted on Twitter.

In a tweet, Sheen described Ferrell as “an absolute sweetheart, a consummate pro, a genuine friend,” and called her loss painful.

Ferrell, a native of Charleston, West Virginia, and graduate of Marshall University, gained recognitio­n and several theater awards in 1974 for her role in “The Sea Horse.” Her work in Lanford Wilson’s “Hot L Baltimore” led to a starring role in the Norman Lear sitcom of the same name.

She received two Emmy supporting actress Emmy nomination­s for “Two and a Half Men,” and a nod for her role as Susan Bloom on “L.A. Law.”

Ferrell’s other credits include the films “Heartland,” “True Romance” and “Erin Brockovich,” while her TV appearance­s came on “Good Times,” “ER,” “Grace and Frankie” and “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” among other series.

She is survived by her husband, Arnie Anderson, and her daughter, Samantha.

 ?? CHRIS PIZZELLO ?? FILE — Conchata Ferrell arrives at the 59th Primetime Emmy Awards on Sept. 16, 2007, in Los Angeles. Ferrell, who became known for her role as Berta the housekeepe­r on TV’s “Two and a Half Men,” has died. Ferrell was 77. A publicist says the actor died in the Sherman Oaks neighborho­od of Los Angeles following cardiac arrest, with her family at her side. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello, File)
CHRIS PIZZELLO FILE — Conchata Ferrell arrives at the 59th Primetime Emmy Awards on Sept. 16, 2007, in Los Angeles. Ferrell, who became known for her role as Berta the housekeepe­r on TV’s “Two and a Half Men,” has died. Ferrell was 77. A publicist says the actor died in the Sherman Oaks neighborho­od of Los Angeles following cardiac arrest, with her family at her side. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello, File)

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