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Mills at the 1989 Emmy Awards with Dan Lauria
May 9, 1951 |
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
|Other names||Allison Mills|
|Spouse(s)||Orson Bean (m. 1993)|
Alley Mills (also known as Alley Bean) born May 9, 1951, is an American actress best known for her role as Norma Arnold, the mother in the coming-of-age series The Wonder Years, and her current role as Pamela Douglas, the sister of late Forrester matriarch Stephanie Forrester (Susan Flannery), on soap opera The Bold and the Beautiful.
Life and career
Mills was born in Chicago, Illinois. Her father, Ted Mills, a television executive, died in August 2003. Her stepmother, Genevieve, whose real name was Ginette Marguerite Auger, died March 2004. Alley's mother, Joan (Paterson) Mills Kerr, an author as well as an editor for American Heritage Magazine, died in November 1996. Her stepfather was Chester Kerr, former director of Yale University Press. She has one sister, Hilary Mills Loomis, and one brother, Tony Mills. Her first acting role on television was in the short-lived comedy, The Associates, where she played an attorney, opposite a then-unknown Martin Short.
She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, film, television, stage actor and author Orson Bean. Bean is well known for being a long-term celebrity panelist of To Tell the Truth and Match Game. Mills (who is twenty-three years his junior) is Bean's third wife, and they have been married since 1993. She also appeared on a special "Celebrity TV Moms" episode of the Anne Robinson version of The Weakest Link, in which she was the second one eliminated.
Mills had a recurring role in the television series Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman, as Marjorie Quinn, Dr. Michaela Quinn's sister. She had previously appeared in the series as a saloon girl.
Mills joined the cast of The Bold and the Beautiful as Pamela Douglas, the estranged sister of Stephanie Douglas Forrester, on December 1, 2006. She was put under contract, but after making only a handful of appearances, her character went insane, was confined to a mental hospital, and then disappeared from the show in March 2007. Mills reprised the role on recurring status in 2007 and 2008 and has been added to the opening credits as a contract player as of December 2008. She is still with the show.
|1970||Diary of a Mad Housewife||Women's lib girl|
|1983||Going Berserk||Nancy Reese|
|2002||Jane White Is Sick & Twisted||Mom|
|2002||Never Get Outta the Boat||Jean|
|2009||Golden Christmas, AA Golden Christmas||Katherine Wright|
|2011||3 Holiday Tails||Katherine Wright|
|2014||Maybe Someday||Martha Donnelly||In post-production|
|1978||Waltons, TheThe Waltons||Nancy||Episode: "The Obsession"|
|1979||Kaz||Episode: "They've Taken Our Daughter"|
|1979–1980||Associates, TheThe Associates||Leslie Dunn||Main role (13 episodes)|
|1980||Rape and Marriage: The Rideout Case||Wanda||Movie|
|1981||Matter of Life and Death, AA Matter of Life and Death||Allison Cross||Movie|
|1981||Lou Grant||Lisa||Episode: "Search"|
|1982||Making the Grade||Sara Conover||Main role (6 episodes)|
|1982||Hill Street Blues||Tracy Renko||Recurring role (4 episodes)|
|1983||Newhart||Professor||Episode: "Sprained Dreams"|
|1983||The Other Woman||Amy Vitelli||Movie|
|1983||Prototype||Dr. Rebecca Bishop||Movie|
|1985||Atlanta Child Murders, TheThe Atlanta Child Murders||Amy Kennear||Miniseries|
|1986||Moonlighting||Claire||Episode: "The Man Who Cried Wife"|
|1987||Mr. President||Pat||Episode: "Pilot"|
|1987||I Married Dora||Janine Desmond||Episodes: "Where There's a Will, There's No Way", "West Coast Story"|
|1987||Punky Brewster||Donna Deaton||Episodes: "Open Door, Broken Heart: Parts 1 & 2"|
|1988||To Heal a Nation||Sue, Stone Worker||Movie|
|1988–1993||Wonder Years, TheThe Wonder Years||Norma Arnold||Main role (106 episodes)|
|1989||I Love You Perfect||Movie|
|1990||ABC Afterschool Special||Linda||Episode: "Testing Dirty"|
|1992||Jonathan: The Boy Nobody Wanted||Carol Willis||Movie|
|1993||Tainted Blood||Mrs. Patterson||Movie|
|1993–1997||Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman||Marjorie Quinn||Recurring role; 10 episodes|
|1994||CBS Schoolbreak Special||Carol Oliver||Episode: "Love in the Dark Ages"|
|1994||Moment of Truth: Caught in the Crossfire||Royce Payne||Movie|
|1995||Family Reunion: A Relative Nightmare||Portia||Movie|
|1995||Deadline for Murder: From the Files of Edna Buchanan||Julie Cresta||Movie|
|1998||Touched by an Angel||Liz||Episode: "Last Dance"|
|1999||Profiler||Amber Wiley||Episode: "Inheritance"|
|1999–2000||Popular||Robin John||Episodes: "Wild, Wild Mess", "Ch-Ch-Changes", "The Consequences of Falling"|
|2000||Beach Boys: An American Family, TheThe Beach Boys: An American Family||Audree Wilson||Movie|
|2000||NYPD Blue||Sonya Morrow||Episode: "This Old Spouse"|
|2001–2004||Yes, Dear||Jenny Ludke||Recurring role; 5 episodes|
|2002||Girlfriends||Lynn's Mother||Episode: "Don't Leave Me a Loan"|
|2002–2003||Sabrina the Teenage Witch||Diana Spellman||Episodes: "The Whole Ball of Wax", "Soul Mates"|
|2003||Strong Medicine||Rhonda LaCouer||Episode: "Prescriptions"|
|2006–||Bold and the Beautiful, TheThe Bold and the Beautiful||Pamela "Pam" Douglas||Regular role|
- Monika Guttman. "Wonder casting: hippie to housewife". St. Petersburg Times. June 25, 1989. TV DIAL, 6.
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