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Also Known As: Cynthia C Stevenson Died:
Born: August 2, 1962 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Oakland, California, USA Profession: actor, CBS page

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This winsome, dark-haired actress has made a pleasant impression on TV since the mid-1980s, playing somewhat nervous and charmingly ditzy or overly optimistic characters. Stevenson began her career as a member of the cast of the short-lived syndicated series "Off the Wall" (1986) and in 1989 made two memorable appearances on "Cheers" as Norm's secretary Nancy. She had a potential big break as the star of the syndicated, six-day-a-week spoof "My Talk Show" (1990), in which she entertained less than stellar celebrities in her Midwestern living room. The show, however, failed to find an audience and was canceled after just three months.Exhausted by the grind of daily TV, Stevenson was preparing to return to her adopted home of Vancouver when director Robert Altman called with a part in his searing black comedy "The Player" (1992). She played Bonnie Sherow, the soft-hearted studio executive who is exploited by industry boss Tim Robbins. That same year, Stevenson was cast in "Bob", the third sitcom vehicle for veteran Bob Newhart, in which she essayed his mildly flaky daughter, Trish. While the series flopped, Stevenson won attention from critics and was noticed by networks and casting directors.After an...

This winsome, dark-haired actress has made a pleasant impression on TV since the mid-1980s, playing somewhat nervous and charmingly ditzy or overly optimistic characters. Stevenson began her career as a member of the cast of the short-lived syndicated series "Off the Wall" (1986) and in 1989 made two memorable appearances on "Cheers" as Norm's secretary Nancy. She had a potential big break as the star of the syndicated, six-day-a-week spoof "My Talk Show" (1990), in which she entertained less than stellar celebrities in her Midwestern living room. The show, however, failed to find an audience and was canceled after just three months.

Exhausted by the grind of daily TV, Stevenson was preparing to return to her adopted home of Vancouver when director Robert Altman called with a part in his searing black comedy "The Player" (1992). She played Bonnie Sherow, the soft-hearted studio executive who is exploited by industry boss Tim Robbins. That same year, Stevenson was cast in "Bob", the third sitcom vehicle for veteran Bob Newhart, in which she essayed his mildly flaky daughter, Trish. While the series flopped, Stevenson won attention from critics and was noticed by networks and casting directors.

After an unbilled cameo in "The Gun in Betty Lou's Handbag" (1992), Stevenson appeared in the mild ensemble comedy "Watch It" (1993) with Peter Gallagher and John C McGinley. 1995 proved to be a banner year for the actress. On the big screen, she was Joe Mantegna's fiancee who is eager to hear about the love story of Billy Crystal and Debra Winger in "Forget Paris", Marcy, dealing with a jealous lover who is stalking her in the female buddy movie "Live Nude Girls", and Holly Hunter's humorless and resentful sister in Jodie Foster's "Home for the Holidays". Stevenson seemingly found her TV series niche as the upbeat TV producer Hope Davidson on NBC's "Hope & Gloria" (1995-96), but the show stumbled in the ratings and was canceled after a season and a half. She returned to series TV in 1998 as star of the Lifetime original sitcom "Oh Baby" playing a single thirtysomething woman who chooses to have a baby via artificial insemination.

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CAST: (feature film)

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 Case 39 (2010)
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 Jennifer's Body (2009)
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 Snow Buddies (2008)
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 Neverwas (2005)
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Raised in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
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Moved to Los Angeles after college
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Hired as a page at CBS
1986:
Cast as a regular on "Off the Wall", a short-lived syndicated satirical series
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Performed with the L.A. comedy troupe, The Groundlings
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Performed in a leading role in a L.A. production, "Ladies Room", where she met Jonathan Stark whom she began dating
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Met Stark's friend Bill Steinkellner, the future executive producer of "Cheers" and "Hope & Gloria"
1989:
Hired to play Norm's secretary Doris in two episodes of "Cheers"
1989:
Appeared as the 26th secretary on "Murphy Brown"
1990:
Starred on "My Talk Show", a short-lived syndicated talk show spoof that ran six nights a week
1992:
Feature debut with a major supporting role in Robert Altman's "The Player"
1992:
Uncredited cameo appearance in "The Gun in Betty Lou's Handbag"
1992:
Cast as Bob Newhart's first TV offspring on CBS-TV's "Bob"
1995:
Starred as Hope on NBC sitcom "Hope & Gloria"
1998:
Acted in the ensemble of "Happiness", directed by Todd Solondz
1998:
Returned to series TV as star of the Lifetime sitcom "Oh Baby"
2003:
Played the mother of Frankie Muniz's character in "Agent Cody Banks"
2004:
Revised role in "Agent Cody Banks 2"
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Education

American Conservatory Theatre: San Francisco , California -

Notes

"Some actors like to play big and brassy characters, and I usually go for the opposite. Hope is optimistic. I'm not as naive or consistently sweet as she is, but we both have that thread of goodness." Cynthia Stevenson in USA TODAY, May 10, 1995

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companion:
Jonathan Stark. Actor. Dated in the late 1980s.
husband:
Tom Davies. Actor, assistant director. Met on the set of "The Gun in Betty Lou's Handbag" (1992).

Family close complete family listing

mother:
Gayle Stevenson. Editor for a credit union trade journal. Divorced from Stevenson's father c. 1965.
father:
Al Stevenson. Upholstery-warehouse owner. Divorced from Stevenson's mother c. 1965; died in 1985.
son:
Frank Huston Davies. Born on January 29, 1997.

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