Alley Mills

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Alley Mills
Alley Mills.jpg
Mills at the 1989 Emmy Awards with Dan Lauria
Born(1951-05-09) May 9, 1951 (age 63)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Other namesAllison Mills
Years active1965–present
Spouse(s)Orson Bean (m. 1993)
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Alley Mills
Alley Mills.jpg
Mills at the 1989 Emmy Awards with Dan Lauria
Born(1951-05-09) May 9, 1951 (age 63)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Other namesAllison Mills
Years active1965–present
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[edit]

Mills was born in Chicago, Illinois. Her father, Ted Mills, a television executive,[1] 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.



1970Diary of a Mad HousewifeWomen's lib girl
1983Going BerserkNancy Reese
1984Young Lust
2002Jane White Is Sick & TwistedMom
2002Never Get Outta the BoatJean
2009Golden Christmas, AA Golden ChristmasKatherine Wright
2011SatinRose Wells
20113 Holiday TailsKatherine Wright
2014Maybe SomedayMartha DonnellyIn post-production


1965Mr. NovakBillieEpisode: "Where Is There to Go, Billie, But Up?"
1968JuliaCarol DeeringEpisode: "I'm Dreaming of a Black Christmas"
1969Leslie Uggams Show, TheThe Leslie Uggams ShowSeries
1970Barefoot in the ParkEpisode: "You Gotta Have Soul"
1978Waltons, TheThe WaltonsNancyEpisode: "The Obsession"
1979KazEpisode: "They've Taken Our Daughter"
1979–1980Associates, TheThe AssociatesLeslie DunnMain role (13 episodes)
1980Rape and Marriage: The Rideout CaseWandaMovie
1981Matter of Life and Death, AA Matter of Life and DeathAllison CrossMovie
1981Lou GrantLisaEpisode: "Search"
1982Making the GradeSara ConoverMain role (6 episodes)
1982Hill Street BluesTracy RenkoRecurring role (4 episodes)
1983NewhartProfessorEpisode: "Sprained Dreams"
1983Other Woman, TheThe Other WomanAmy VitelliMovie
1983PrototypeDr. Rebecca BishopMovie
1985Atlanta Child Murders, TheThe Atlanta Child MurdersAmy KennearMiniseries
1986MaggieCharlotte FarnsworthMovie
1986MoonlightingClaireEpisode: "The Man Who Cried Wife"
1987Mr. PresidentPatEpisode: "Pilot"
1987I Married DoraJanine DesmondEpisodes: "Where There's a Will, There's No Way", "West Coast Story"
1987Punky BrewsterDonna DeatonEpisodes: "Open Door, Broken Heart: Parts 1 & 2"
1988To Heal a NationSue, Stone WorkerMovie
1988–1993Wonder Years, TheThe Wonder YearsNorma ArnoldMain role (106 episodes)
1989I Love You PerfectMovie
1990ABC Afterschool SpecialLindaEpisode: "Testing Dirty"
1992Jonathan: The Boy Nobody WantedCarol WillisMovie
1993Tainted BloodMrs. PattersonMovie
1993–1997Dr. Quinn, Medicine WomanMarjorie QuinnRecurring role; 10 episodes
1994CBS Schoolbreak SpecialCarol OliverEpisode: "Love in the Dark Ages"
1994Moment of Truth: Caught in the CrossfireRoyce PayneMovie
1995Family Reunion: A Relative NightmarePortiaMovie
1995Deadline for Murder: From the Files of Edna BuchananJulie CrestaMovie
1998Touched by an AngelLizEpisode: "Last Dance"
1999ProfilerAmber WileyEpisode: "Inheritance"
1999–2000PopularRobin JohnEpisodes: "Wild, Wild Mess", "Ch-Ch-Changes", "The Consequences of Falling"
2000Beach Boys: An American Family, TheThe Beach Boys: An American FamilyAudree WilsonMovie
2000NYPD BlueSonya MorrowEpisode: "This Old Spouse"
2001-2004Yes, DearJenny LudkeRecurring role; 5 episodes
2002GirlfriendsLynn's MotherEpisode: "Don't Leave Me a Loan"
2002-2003Sabrina the Teenage WitchDiana SpellmanEpisodes: "The Whole Ball of Wax", "Soul Mates"
2003Strong MedicineRhonda LaCouerEpisode: "Prescriptions"
2006–presentBold and the Beautiful, TheThe Bold and the BeautifulPamela "Pam" DouglasRegular role


  1. ^ Monika Guttman. "Wonder casting: hippie to housewife". St. Petersburg Times. June 25, 1989. TV DIAL, 6.

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