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  • Cofounded the Circle Repertory Theatre in New York City.
  • Had her big break as prostitute April Green in the 1970s in the off-Broadway production of Hot L Baltimore, a role she reprised for the 1975 TV series of the same name.
  • Was known for April's boisterous laugh and said that for years people asked her to do the laugh.
  • Made her theatrical film debut in Sidney Lumet's Network (1976).
  • Had her first starring role, opposite Rip Torn, in Heartland (1979).
  • Though known for her long career in TV and film, she has won an OBIE Award, Theater World Award and Drama Desk Award for her stage work.
  • Her role as Berta on the sitcom Two and a Half Men, for which she received Emmy nominations, was originally only supposed to be for a two-part episode.
  • Writes children's poetry.


  • 2007, Emmy — Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 1992, Emmy — Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 2005, Emmy — Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series: Nominee


  • Arnold A. Anderson — Husband
  • Samantha — Daughter
  • Mescal Loraine Ferrell — Mother
  • Luther Martin Ferrell — Father


  • Attended West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV (1961-64); Marshall University, Huntington, WV (1967-68)


  • Birth Name: Conchata Galen Ferrell
  • Birth Place: Loudendale, WV
  • Birthday: March 28, 1943,
  • Profession: Actor
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