Cynthia Stevenson

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Cynthia Stevenson
Born (1962-08-02) August 2, 1962 (age 57)
Years active1986–present
Tom Davies (m. 1992)

Cynthia Stevenson (born August 2, 1962) is an American actress. She has appeared in several movies including The Player, Forget Paris, Home for the Holidays, Happiness, and Air Bud: Golden Receiver, and in the television shows Cheers, My Talk Show, Bob, Hope and Gloria, Oh Baby, Dead Like Me, Men in Trees, and Surviving Suburbia, amongst others.

Life and career[edit]

Stevenson was born in Oakland, California, the daughter of Gayle, an editor, and Al Stevenson, an upholstery warehouse owner.[1] She grew up in Vancouver, British Columbia. She attended University of Victoria in Victoria, BC.[2]

One of her first roles was a guest appearance as Norm Peterson's high-strung secretary "Doris" on Cheers. Other early work included the short-lived comedy series My Talk Show (1990–1991) and Bob (1992–1993).[2][3] She had a leading role on the sitcom, Hope and Gloria, which ran for 35 episodes in 1995 and 1996. She also appeared in the Lifetime Television series Oh Baby.

On film, Stevenson has appeared in The Player, Forget Paris, Happiness, Home for the Holidays, Will You Merry Me?, Agent Cody Banks and Agent Cody Banks 2. She played the role of Mrs. Cooverman in the 2009 film I Love You, Beth Cooper.

Stevenson was a regular cast member on the series Dead Like Me, playing lead character George (Ellen Muth)'s mother.[4] In April 2006, she completed filming a sitcom pilot for CBS called You've Reached the Elliotts, starring opposite Chris Elliott as his wife, which was not picked up by the network. She had a recurring role on the cable series The L Word, and on the cancelled series Men in Trees, which was taped in Vancouver. She also had an occasional role as "Cindy Devlin" on According to Jim. In April 2009, she co-starred opposite Bob Saget on the short-lived ABC sitcom Surviving Suburbia. She played Shiri Appleby's character's mother on The CW series Life Unexpected. She also appeared in the music video for the song "Fuckin' Perfect" by Pink.

Stevenson appeared in Shonda Rhimes dramas Grey's Anatomy in 2010, Off the Map and Private Practice in 2011, Scandal in 2013, and How to Get Away with Murder in 2018.[4][5]



Year Title Role Notes
1991 To the Moon, Alice Perky Girl Short film
1992 The Player Bonnie Sherow
1993 Watch It Ellen
1995 Forget Paris Liz
1995 Home for the Holidays Joanne Larson Wedman
1995 Live Nude Girls Marcy
1998 Happiness Trish Maplewood National Board of Review Award for Best Acting by an Ensemble
1998 Air Bud: Golden Receiver Jackie Framm
2002 Air Bud: Seventh Inning Fetch Jackie Framm DVD Exclusive Award for Best Supporting Actress
2003 Agent Cody Banks Mrs. Banks
2003 Air Bud Spikes Back Jackie Framm
2004 Agent Cody Banks 2: Destination London Mrs. Banks
2005 Neverwas Sally
2006 Air Buddies Jackie Framm
2007 Full of It Mrs. Leonard
2008 Snow Buddies Jackie Framm
2009 Dead Like Me: Life After Death Joy Lass
2009 Reunion Emily
2009 I Love You, Beth Cooper Mrs. C
2009 Case 39 Nancy
2009 Jennifer's Body Chip's Mom
2012 Tiger Eyes Bitsy Kronick


Year Title Role Notes
1986 Off the Wall Various
1988 A Father's Homecoming Toni Television movie
1989 Newhart Nancy Episode: "Shoe Business Is My Life"
1989 Married to the Mob Marie Scarlotti Unsold television pilot
1989 Double Your Pleasure Nicole Television movie
1989 Cheers Doris Episodes: "The Two Faces of Norm" and "Feeble Attraction"
1990 Booker Penny Episode: "Hacker"
1990 Empty Nest Amy Episode: "Everything But Love"
1990–1991 My Talk Show Jennifer Bass Main role, 59 episodes
1991 Major Dad Anita Episode: "Flying Solo"
1992–1993 Bob Trisha McKay Main role, 28 episodes
1995 Dream On Abby Kaplow Episode: "Off-Off Broadway Bound"
1995–1996 Hope and Gloria Hope Davidson Main role, 35 episodes
1998 From the Earth to the Moon Jane Conrad Television miniseries
1998 Ally McBeal Hayley Chisolm Episode: "Alone Again"
1998–2000 Oh Baby Tracy Calloway Main role, 44 episodes
2003–2004 Dead Like Me Joy Lass Main role, 28 episodes
2005 Six Feet Under Joy Solomon Episode: "The Silence"
2005 Joan of Arcadia Woman at Joan's Award Ceremony Episode: "The Rise & Fall of Joan Girard"; uncredited[citation needed]
2006 You've Reached the Elliotts Tracy Elliott Unsold television pilot
2006 A Little Thing Called Murder Beverly Bates Television movie
2006 The L Word Roberta Collie 3 episodes
2006 Monk Dianne Brooks Episode: "Mr. Monk and the Class Reunion"
2003–2007 According to Jim Cindy Devlin 4 episodes
2006–2008 Men in Trees Celia Bachelor Main role, 27 episodes
2008 Will You Merry Me? Marilyn Kringle Television movie
2009 Surviving Suburbia Anne Patterson Main role, 13 episodes
2010 Grey's Anatomy Ruthie Carlin Episode: "Blink"
2010 Life Unexpected Laverne Cassidy 5 episodes
2011 Off the Map Charlene Episode: "Hold on Tight"
2011 Chaos Violet Green Episode: "Defending Sophia"
2011 Private Practice Karen Episode: "Step One"
2012 The Soul Man Carolyn Episode: "How to Be a Church Lady"
2013 Scandal Mary Nesbitt Episode: "Mrs. Smith Goes to Washington"
2014 Killing Daddy Emma Granger Television movie
2014 Kingdom Marilyn Wheeler Episode: "Please Refrain from Crying"
2014 Sleepy Hollow Gina Lambert Episode: "Mama"
2015 Your Family or Mine Jan Main role
2015 Tim & Eric's Bedtime Stories Matt's mother Episode: "Tornado"
2018 Supergirl (TV series) Mrs Queller Episode: "Shelter from the Storm"
2018 How to Get Away with Murder Pam Walsh


  1. ^ "Cynthia Stevenson biography". Film Reference.
  2. ^ a b "Cynthia Stevenson Biography". 2012-11-28. Retrieved 2013-10-12.
  3. ^ "Cynthia Stevenson | Movies and Biography – Yahoo Movies". Retrieved 2013-10-12.
  4. ^ a b "'Scandal' Books 'Dead Like Me' Star for Season 3 (Exclusive)". 2013-08-19. Retrieved 2013-10-04.
  5. ^ Napoli, Jessica (26 October 2018). "'How to Get Away With Murder' Wedding: Meet Connor's 'Unpredictable' Mom". TV Insider. NTVB Media, Inc. Retrieved 10 January 2019.

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