Conchata Ferrell–‘Krampus’, ‘Edward Scissorhands’–Passes Away

by Thomas Tuna

Conchata Ferrell–the versatile actress best known for her supporting role on a popular sitcom, but who also appeared in several genre films–passed away this week. She was 77.

Ferrell–who passed away in Sherman Oaks, Calif. due to “complications following from a cardiac arrest”–played the irascible housekeeper Berta for all 12 seasons of Two and a Half Men, and also had key roles in Krampus (her final film role) and Edward Scissorhands, as reported by Deadline.

Ferrell played Aunt Dorothy in Krampus (2015), a character known for her love of peppermint Schnapps. Dorothy eventually became one of Krampus’ unfortunate victims. Ferrell also appeared in Tim Burton’s Edward Scissorhands (1990), playing Helen, a nosy neighbor who just had to butt into everyone’s affairs.

Mike Dougherty, who directed Ferrell in Krampus, this week tweeted his condolences. “From Network to True Romance to Edward Scissorhands,” he wrote, “Conchata Ferrell was an underappreciated acting legend who could bring a smile to your face just by walking into the room. Rest in peace, Aunt Dorothy.”

Ferrell’s numerous roles on the small screen also included guest spots on Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Sabrina the Teenage Witch. The actress was recognized for her contributions with three Emmy Award nominations over her long career.

Ferrell is survived by her husband Arnie and her daughter Samantha. The family has requested donations be made to TheLovelandFoundation.org and ASPCA.org in her memory in lieu of flowers.

The staff of Horror News Network extends its condolences to Ferrell’s family, friends and colleagues.

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