During its twelve-season run, Two and a Half Men became one of the most famous and most successful sitcoms of our time. And like all great television shows, in addition to charismatic leads, it had a supporting cast filled with colorful characters which made the show what it was. One of the most lovable ones among them was Berta, Charlie’s housekeeper who appeared in the show during its entire length.
A sharp-tongued woman who initially resists the change to the household but grudgingly accepts it, she was played by lovable Conchata Ferrell. She was only supposed to be a part of the show for a short while, but since Berta worked so well with the other characters and audiences loved her, she became a mainstay – appearing in almost every episode during latter seasons.
Conchata was born in Loudendale, West Virginia. She studied at Mountain State University where she dropped out after two years, before going to Marshall University after several years to finish her studies
She graduated with a degree in history education. It was at Marshall that she made her first stage appearance in 1969, as part of a skit comedy musical
Her breakout role was in the 1979 feature film Heartland
She also starred in Mystic Pizza, as the pizza joint owner
After the show became successful, she reportedly received $ 150,000 per episode on Two and a Half Men
After the famous sitcom, she guest starred on Grace and Frankie, as well as appearing in the films Krampus and The Axe Murders of Villisca
She has appeared in theater as well, playing a role in the off-Broadway play Love, Loss, and What I Wore in 2011
“We added things to it as it went along, like the fact that she was a Deadhead, an old hippie. It just turned out to be a really wonderful character because I am a lot of those things. I wasn’t a Deadhead, and I didn’t follow a band around, but I definitely was an old hippie. I was a political hippie. So it was so comfortable. I’m from West Virginia, and she just grew into somebody who I could’ve gone to school with, or rode the school bus with. I’ve really liked walking with her and walking in her shoes,” Ferrell said of the role of Berta.