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Born: May 9, 1951 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Chicago, Illinois, USA Profession: actor, producer

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This (usually) blonde, warm actress has often played older than she is, most particularly as Norma Arnold, the "everything will be okay" mother of three, on the hit ABC sitcom "The Wonder Years" (1988-93). Alley Mills may also be recalled as the champion-of-the-oppressed young attorney Leslie Dunn on "The Associates" (ABC, 1979-80), a heralded but short-lived ensemble sitcom.

This (usually) blonde, warm actress has often played older than she is, most particularly as Norma Arnold, the "everything will be okay" mother of three, on the hit ABC sitcom "The Wonder Years" (1988-93). Alley Mills may also be recalled as the champion-of-the-oppressed young attorney Leslie Dunn on "The Associates" (ABC, 1979-80), a heralded but short-lived ensemble sitcom.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 3 Holiday Tails (2011)
2.
 Satin (2010)
3.
5.
 Beach Boys: An American Family, The (2000) Audree Wilson
9.
 Tainted Blood (1993) Mrs Jane Pattersen
10.
 Jonathan: The Boy Nobody Wanted (1992) Carol Willis
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1959:
Made her TV debut on "The Patti Page Show" at age eight (date approximate)
1970:
Feature film debut in "Diary of a Mad Housewife"
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After earning MA degree at London Academy of Music and Art, returned to New York and appeared Off-Broaday, then toured in "Romeo and Juliet"
1978:
Made Los Angeles stage debut in "Voices"
1979:
Appeared as regular in the ensemble series "The Associates" (ABC)
1980:
Made TV-movie debut, "Rape and Marriage: The Rideout Case" (CBS)
1982:
Was featured in the short-lived CBS sitcom "Making the Grade"
1982:
Had recurring role as the sister of Officer Renko on "Hill Street Blues" (NBC)
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Played Norma Arnold on the ABC sitcom "The Wonder Years"
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Appeared in several L.A. stage productions
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Appeared in recurring role of Marjorie, sister of "Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman"
1996:
Produced an L.A. stage revival of "Golden Boy", featuring Orson Bean
1997:
Appeared in Off-Broadway play "The Quick Change Room", directed by Orson Bean
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Education

London Academy of Music and Art: -
Bennington College: Bennington , Vermont - 1969 - 1971
Yale University: New Haven , Connecticut - 1973
Yale University: New Haven , Connecticut - 1973

Notes

While a student at Yale, Mills was haunting the dusty cellars of the Art School when she stumbled upon a lost painting by Frederick Church. The work is now valued at $800,000 and hangs in the Yale Art Gallery.

"I was drawn to acting because it was the one place that I found an emotional outlet." --Alley Mills

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husband:
Orson Bean. Actor; TV personality. Married c. 1993.

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father:
Ted Mills. TV executive.
step-mother:
Genevieve Mills. Singer; actor. French; often appeared on "The Jack Paar Show".
step-father:
Chester Kerr. Publisher. Worked at Yale University Press.

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