Alley Mills

Allison "Alley" Mills (born May 9, 1951), also known as Alley Bean, 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 the late Forrester matriarch Stephanie Forrester (Susan Flannery), on the soap opera The Bold and the Beautiful.

Alley Mills
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Mills at the 1989 Emmy Awards with Dan Lauria
Born (1951-05-09) May 9, 1951 (age 69)
Chicago, Illinois, United States
Other namesAlley Bean
Years active1965–present
m. 1993; died 2020)

Life and careerEdit

Mills was born in Chicago, Illinois. Her father, Ted Mills, was a television executive,[1] and her stepmother, Genevieve (Ginette Marguerite Auger), was an actress. Mills' mother, Joan (Paterson) Mills Kerr, was an author as well as an editor for American Heritage magazine, and her stepfather, Chester Kerr, was a director of Yale University Press. She has one sister, Hilary Mills Loomis, and one brother, Tony Mills.

Mills's husband was film, television, stage actor, and author Orson Bean. Bean was well known for being a long-term celebrity panelist of To Tell the Truth and Match Game. Mills (who is 23 years his junior) was Bean's third wife, and they were married from 1993 until his death in 2020.[2][3]

Her first acting role on television was in the short-lived comedy The Associates, where she played an attorney, opposite Martin Short.

Mills appeared on a special "Celebrity TV Moms" episode of the Anne Robinson version of The Weakest Link, in which she was the second contestant eliminated.

Mills had a recurring role in the television series Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman as Marjorie Quinn, Dr. Michaela Quinn's sister. She 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, in December 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. In November 2019, it was reported that Mills was now off contract with the show.[4][5]



Year Title Role Notes
1970 Diary of a Mad Housewife Women's lib girl
1983 Going Berserk Nancy Reese
1984 Young Lust
2002 Jane White Is Sick & Twisted Mom
2002 Never Get Outta the Boat Jean
2004 Tricks Ruth
2009 A Golden Christmas Katherine Wright
2011 Satin Rose Wells
2011 3 Holiday Tails Katherine Wright
2014 Maybe Someday Martha Donnelly In post-production
2015 Appetite for Love Tallulah Jones
2019 The Fiddling Horse Ethel Truman Feature Film


Year Title Role Notes
1978 The Waltons Nancy Episode: "The Obsession"
1979 Kaz Episode: "They've Taken Our Daughter"
1979–1980 The Associates Leslie Dunn Main role (13 episodes)
1980 Rape and Marriage: The Rideout Case Wanda Movie
1981 A 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 The Atlanta Child Murders Amy Kennear Miniseries
1986 Maggie Charlotte Farnsworth Movie
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 The Wonder Years Norma Arnold Main role (105 episodes)
1989 I Love You Perfect Movie
1990 ABC Afterschool Special Linda Episode: "Testing Dirty"
1992 Jonathan: The Boy Nobody Wanted Carol Willis Movie
1992–1994 Vicki! Guest Host
1993 Tainted Blood Mrs. Patterson Movie
1993–1997 Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman Marjorie Quinn Recurring role; 11 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 The Beach Boys: An American Family Audree Wilson Movie
2000 NYPD Blue Sonya Morrow Episode: "This Old Spouse"
2001–2005 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–present The Bold and the Beautiful Pamela "Pam" Douglas Main Cast
2019 Teachers Joanna Bennigan 2 episodes


  1. ^ Monika Guttman. "Wonder casting: hippie to housewife". St. Petersburg Times. June 25, 1989. TV DIAL, 6.
  2. ^ "Veteran actor Orson Bean, 91, struck and killed by vehicle in Venice, friends say". KABC-TV. February 7, 2020.
  3. ^ "Celebrity Actor-comedian Orson Bean, 91, hit and killed by car in LA". Associated Press. February 8, 2020 – via Yahoo!.
  4. ^ Bowe, Jillian. "Alley Mills Off Contract at The Bold and the Beautiful". Daytime Confidential.
  5. ^ Young, Candace (November 7, 2019). "B&B's Alley Mills off Contract As Pam Douglas".

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