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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.
Mills at the 1989 Emmy Awards with Dan Lauria
|Born||May 9, 1951|
Chicago, Illinois, United States
|Other names||Alley Bean|
(m. 1993; died 2020)
Life and careerEdit
Mills was born in Chicago, Illinois. Her father, Ted Mills, was a television executive, 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.
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.
|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||A Golden Christmas||Katherine Wright|
|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|
|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||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|
|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|
- Monika Guttman. "Wonder casting: hippie to housewife". St. Petersburg Times. June 25, 1989. TV DIAL, 6.
- "Veteran actor Orson Bean, 91, struck and killed by vehicle in Venice, friends say". KABC-TV. February 7, 2020.
- "Celebrity Actor-comedian Orson Bean, 91, hit and killed by car in LA". Associated Press. February 8, 2020 – via Yahoo!.
- Bowe, Jillian. "Alley Mills Off Contract at The Bold and the Beautiful". Daytime Confidential.
- Young, Candace (November 7, 2019). "B&B's Alley Mills off Contract As Pam Douglas".
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