Born on August 2, 1962 in Piedmont, California, Cynthia Stevenson is an actress best known for the playing the lead in the sitcom Hope and Gloria, which run for 35 episodes from 1995 to 1996, as well as the lead’s mother on the series Dead Like Me, a recurring spot on The L Word, and Men in Trees. The daughter of an editor and an upholstery warehouse owner, Stevenson grew up in Vancouver, British Columbia in Canada, where Men in Trees was filmed.
Stevenson made her television acting debut with a guest appearance as Norm Peterson’s high-strung secretary Doris on the long-running sitcom Cheers. This was followed by a short-lived comedy series My Talk Show that run from 1990 to 1991 and Hope, 1992 to 1993. She then landed a leading role on the sitcom Hope and Gloria from 1995 to 1996. She was cast as the mother of Ellen Muth on the series Dead Like Me, followed by stints on The L Word and Men in Trees. In 2009, she was cast to star opposite Bob Saget in the ABC family comedy Surviving Suburbia. Her film credits, meanwhile, include The Player, Forget Paris, Happiness, Home for the Holidays, Agent Cody Banks, and its sequel Agent Cody Banks 2.