Alley Mills (born May 9, 1951 in Chicago, Illinois) is an American actress best known for her role as Norma Arnold, the mother in the coming-of-age series The Wonder Years.
She is the daughter of Ted Mills, a television executive who died in August 2003. Her stepmother, Genevieve, whose real name was Ginette Marguerite Auger, died March 2004. Alley's mother was Joan (Paterson) Mills Kerr, an author, as well as an editor for American Heritage Magazine, died 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.
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 with the show, but after making only a handful of appearances, her character disappeared. It was in October 2007 that it was discovered why Pamela disappeared. After a furious argument with Stephanie, she and her mother, Ann Douglas (Betty White) returned to their hometown of Chicago. However, in the wake of Stephanie's shooting, Pamela will be returning on November 27th, accompanied by a Doberman pinscher named "Tiny", intent on paying back Stephanie for the way she was treated when she was first in L.A. (she harbors resentment towards her sister and her mother) and to get Donna (Jennifer Gareis) out of the picture, so she can become Eric's new love.
Notable TV roles
Sabrina, the Teenage Witch
The Wonder Years (as Norma Arnold)
Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman
Hill Street Blues
Popular (as Robin John, mother of Harrison John)
The Bold and the Beautiful (as Pamela Douglas; 2006-)
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