R.I.P. Conchata Ferrell of 'L.A. Law' and 'Two and a Half Men' and much more
The three-time Emmy nominee was 77.
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George Clooney has the curious distinction of having starred on both E/R and ER. Confused? You know ER, of course, the medical drama that ran for 15 seasons from 1994 to 2009. The hospital sitcom E/R, remains far more obscure, only aired in 1984–85. Oddly, Clooney was a key cast member in each. However, he was not the only actor to appear in both.
At the time, Conchata Ferrell was the bigger name on E/R. The West Virginia native already had a Norman Lear sitcom under her belt. Ferrell portrayed April Green, a prostitute, on the boundary-busting, button-pushing 1975 sitcom Hot l Baltimore. The short-lived, ahead-of-its-time comedy served as a launching pad for Ferrell's career. That's her as Green on the upper left.
Following a string of guest spots on everything from The Rockford Files to The Love Boat, not to mention a short stint on B.J. and the Bear, Ferrell landed the gig as head nurse Joan Thor on E/R, working alongside talent like Mary McDonnell, Elliott Gould and Clooney.
The failure of that series hardly kept her down. In 1988, she scored two parts on the big and small screens. She had a memorable role in Mystic Pizza and the NBC legal drama L.A. Law. Her character Susan Bloom, pictured top right, led to an Emmy nomination for Best Supporting Actress in 1992.
In 2005 and 2007, Ferrell garnered two more Emmy nominations for Two and a Half Men, perhaps the show for which she is now best remembered. She played Berta the sassy housekeeper for 12 seasons of the wildly successful sitcom.
On October 12, Ferrell died following complications from cardiac arrest, according to The Hollywood Reporter. She was 77. Her Men costar Charlie Sheen remembered her in a tweet:
an absolute sweetheart— Charlie Sheen (@charliesheen) October 13, 2020
a consummate pro
a genuine friend
a shocking and painful loss.
was a tad suspect,
your "people"keeping was perfect.