Who is Alley Mills?

Allison ‘Alley’ Mills, also known as Alley Bean, was born on 9 May 1951 under the zodiac sign of Taurus, in Chicago, Illinois USA. She is a 70-year-old actress, probably best recognized for landing the role of Norma Arnold in the ABC coming-of-age comedy-drama series “The Wonder Years” (1988-1993), playing the title role in the CBS Western drama series “Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman” (1993-1997), and featuring as Pamela ‘Pam’ Douglas in the CBS soap opera “The Bold And The Beautiful” (2006-2019).

How rich is she, as of now? Alley Mills Net Worth

As of mid-2021, Alley Mills’ net worth is estimated at over $4 million, acquired through her successful involvement in the world of entertainment as a professional actress, who has garnered over 60 television and film acting credits since she launched her career in the mid-1960s.

Early Life, Parents, Siblings, Nationality, Ethnicity, Educational Background

Alley Mills spent her early years in her hometown of Chicago, where she was raised by her father Ted Mills, who was a TV executive, and her mother Joan Mills Kerr, who was an author and editor for the magazine American Heritage. She has a brother, Tony Mills and a sister Hilary Mills.

She holds American nationality and belongs to White Caucasian ethnic group. Regarding her education, Alley attended Yale University, from which she graduated in 1973. She also studied acting at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art.

Career Beginnings

Alley Mills started her professional acting career in 1965, when she appeared as Billie in the episode “Where Is There To Go, Billie, But Up?” of the NBC drama series “Mr. Novak”, while her feature film debut came five years later, when she landed a small role as women’s lib girl in the comedy-drama film “Diary Of A Mad Housewife”, alongside Oscar-nominated actress Carrie Snodgress.

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During this period, she also performed on stage, in such plays as “The Seagull”, “Iphigenia At Aulis”, “Peer Gynt”, “Sarah B. Divine!”, and “Cyrano De Bergerac”, to name a few.

Rise to Fame

Alley Mills’ big break came when she was chosen to play the main role of attorney Leslie Dunn, in the short-lived ABC sitcom “The Associates” (1979-1980), starring opposite Martin Short; the series was critically acclaimed, even though it was canceled after a single season. Her next major role was in 1982, in the CBS sitcom “Making The Grade”, in which she took the main role of Sara Conover.

Later that year, she played Tracy Renko in the serial police procedural TV series “Hill Street Blues”, broadcast on NBC. The series was a critical success and won four Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Drama Series.

In 1983, Alley was cast as Nancy Reese in David Steinberg’s comedy film “Going Berserk”, which was followed by her portrayal of Amy Kennear in the CBS crime mystery miniseries “The Atlanta Child Murders” (1985) and Charlotte Farnsworth in the made-for-TV comedy-mystery film “Maggie” (1986), alongside Ava Gardner and Stefanie Powers.

Continued Success

Alley Mills’ next significant appearance came in 1988, when she joined the main cast of the ABC coming-of-age comedy-drama series “The Wonder Years”, in which she starred in the role of Norma Arnold until its finale in 1993, appearing in more than 110 episodes; it was named one of the best shows of the decade. Following that, she was chosen to portray the recurring role of Marjorie Quinn in the Western drama TV series “Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman” (1993-1997), created by Beth Sullivan and aired on CBS, again a critical success, including for her.

Concurrently, Alley also had a part as Mrs Patterson in the made-for-TV thriller film “Tainted Blood” (1993), and featured as Royce Payne in the made-for-TV drama film “Moment Of Truth: Caught In The Crossfire” (1994). She was then cast in 2000 as Audree Wilson in the biographical drama miniseries “The Beach Boys: An American Family” about the early years of the famous  American rock band. Two years later, she starred in the roles of a mom in the comedy film “Jane White Is Sick & Twisted”, and Ruth in the drama film “Tricks” in 2004.

Further Work

In 2006, Alley Mills joined the cast of the critically-acclaimed CBS soap opera “The Bold And The Beautiful”, in which she landed the role of Pamela ‘Pam’ Douglas, the sister of Stephanie Douglas Forrester. She remained in the show until 2019, appearing in more than 680 episodes; the series is one of the most popular soap operas in the world, and has been rewarded with 77 Daytime Emmy Awards, including three in the category of Outstanding Drama Series.

Besides that, Alley continued to work on other projects – in 2009, she played Katherine in the made-for-TV family comedy film “A Golden Christmas”, along with Andrea Roth and Nicholas Brendon.

Thereafter, she landed the roles of Katherine Wright in the made-for-TV romantic comedy film “3 Holiday Tails” (2011), and Tallulah Jones in the made-for-TV romantic comedy film “Appetite For Love” (2016). It was followed by her appearances as Martha Donnelly in the 2017 fantasy comedy film “Maybe Someday” and Ethel Truman in the 2019 comedy film “The Fiddling Horse”, written and directed by C.J. Wallis.

Most recently, it’s announced that she will take the role of Lorenna in the upcoming comedy film “Last Chance Charlene”, currently under post-production and set to be released in 2022.

Come meet ‘Wonder Years’ Alley Mills, who will be making her first ever appearance at the Hollywood Show in Los Angeles…

Posted by The Hollywood Show on Saturday, April 6, 2019

Appearance and Vital Statistics

Alley Mills has long blonde-dyed hair and blue eyes. She stands at a height of 5ft 5ins (1.65m), while information about her weight, vital statistics, bra, dress and shoe size isn’t available.

Personal Life

Alley Mills was in a relationship with actor David Birney, but they called it quits in 1991. She then went on to date actor and comedian Orson Bean, and they exchanged their wedding vows on 18 April 1993. She was 23 years younger than him, but they remained together until he passed away on 7 February 2020 at the age of 91. The couple resided in Venice, California.

Author

Robbie is currently a reporter for TheBiography based in Santa Monica, CA. Prior to joining TheBiography in December 2020, he was an entertainment reporter in People.

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