Joy, is George's mother, a stubborn, head-strong woman who had an inability to connect with her daughter in life and is having an even harder time connecting with her in the afterlife.
Cynthia Stevenson began her career as a member of the cast of the short-lived syndicated series "Off the Wall" and made two memorable appearances on "Cheers" as Norm's secretary Nancy. Other television credits include the syndicated, six-day-a-week spoof "My Talk Show," the Bob Newhart sitcom "Bob," the series "Hope & Gloria" and the Lifetime sitcom "Oh Baby." She also appeared in the miniseries "From the Earth to the Moon" and had guest starring roles in "Murphy Brown," "Empty Nest," "Dream On," "Major Dad" and "Ally McBeal."
Stevenson made her feature film debut with a significant supporting role in Robert Altman's "The Player." Other feature credits include Todd Solondz's "Happiness," Jodie Foster's "Home for the Holidays," "Forget Paris," "Air Bud: Seventh Inning Fetch," "Air Bud: Golden Receiver," "Live Nude Girls," and an uncredited cameo appearance in "The Gun in Betty Lou's Handbag."