||In "The Wonder Years":
Norma Arnold (Kevin's mother)
Episodes with focus on her: 12,
Norma Arnold is the daughter of Jane Gustavson (Jean Speegle Howard) and
her husband Karl (Macon McCalman) 113.
"Alley Mills brings to the role of Norma warmth, humanity and a maternal
instinct that makes you want to pick up the phone and give mom a call."
from Edward Gross: "Growing Up in the Sixties: The Wonder Years", p. 39)
|In real life:
||May 9th, 1951, in Chicago, Illinois
||Alley's mother was an art editor for the American Heritage magazine
and then founded a publishing company for rare books with Alley's stepfather.
Alley's parents have been divorced in 1959. Her father, Don Mills, was
remarried to French singing star Genevieve. He was a television producer,
writer and director. Later, he became an executive at NBC network. Youngest
of three children.
(Different sources gives different first names for Alley's father:
Ted or Don, the latter more reliable one by Daily News of June 17-June
grew up in in Hastings-on-Hudson, NY.
started acting on stage as the lion in "A Midsummer Night's Dream"
in fifth grade at Miss Spence's School for Girls in Manhattan
at age 8 TV debut on "The Patti Page Show" and professional stage
debut at the Williamstown Theatre Festival in Massachusetts, with Sigourney
Weaver, Christopher Reeve, and Peter Evans
attended a series of exclusive boarding schools in France and the United
States during her teen-age years
admitted to Yale as one of the first female undergraduates
graduated magna cum laude in 1973 with a BA in drama and art history
went to England and received an MA degree from the London Academy of Music
and Dramatic Arts
returned to New York and acted in theatre pieces like Shakespeare's
"Romeo and Juliet" and "A Collier's Friday Night"
then took a cross-country camping trip to L.A. where she settled after
receiving offers, including a part on the TV series "The Associates,"
with actor Martin Short
married to 64-year-old actor Orson Bean (1997). Orson, who met her on a
blind date, didn't even want to go to their initial date because he was
old enough to be her father. See interview with
Alley Mills. She appeared in three episodes of the TV series "Dr. Quinn,
Medicine Woman", see below, at the side of him who is a regular in this
series (Loren Bray).
Her agent's address is: Stone Manners Agency, 8436 W 3rd Street, Suite
740, Los Angeles, CA 90048.
She was a co-host of the daytime "The Home Show" on ABC.
She hosted the video "Boys Town Video Series - Helping Your Child Succeed".
Guest Star in:
| "Yes, Dear"
||A Complicated Plot (2.11)
||This Old Spouse (7.20)
||Wild, Wild Mess (1.9)
|"Touched by an Angel"
||Last Dance (4.25)
||TV Mom #4
||last episode "All about Rosey" (7.19)
|"Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman"
||in (1.11) as Saloon Woman, then Marjorie Quinn
||Happy Birthday (1.11)
Where the Heart Is (Parts 1 & 2) (2.6-7)
Ready or Not (3.27)
For Better or Worse (Parts 1 & 2) (3.28-29)
When a Child is Born(1) (4.27)
When a Child is Born(2) (4.28)
Starting Over (5.23)
Lead Me Not (6.7)
A Time to Heal (Part 1) (6.8)
A Time to Heal (Part 2) (6.9)
||The Man who Cried Wife (3.2)
||Open Door Broken Heart (Part 2) (3.8)
|"Hill Street Blues"
||Zen and the Art of Law Enforcement (2.13)
Personal Foul (2.16)
Invasion of the Third World Body Snatchers (2.18)
||They've Taken Our Daughter (1.19)
||The Obsession (7.4)
(Movie Database checked October 2002, check
How Alley Mills met her husband Orson Bean
From an interview in 1991
REGIS: Orson Bean is your guy...
ALLEY: He's my guy. (Smiles.) And we're actually -
REGIS: You're actually blushing!
(Alley turns away and laughs.)
REGIS: You're actually engaged.
ALLEY: I promised myself this wouldn't happen.
(Regin looks at the big ring on her finger.)
ALLEY: That's my engagement ring. (Audience applause.) Thank you.
REGIS: This is your very first engagement?
ALLEY: This is my, my very first engagement, my very first marriage,
KATHIE LEE: You've been pretty kind of a matrimonial hold out, then.
ALLEY: I have. I think I'm typical of my generation. Most of my friends,
still aren't married. It's sort of a strange...I went to college in '69,
and everybody was...sort of that hippie era...(gestures)...where everybody
"lived together"...and had "relationships" and all this kind of stuff,
and I just...I sort of wanted to wait for the perfect situation - the perfect
REGIS: You've been very patient.
(Alley turns away and laughs.)
ALLEY: My mother doesn't consider it patient - she goes (gestures) "How'd
you let that one...?" - "What about that one?"
(Regis and Kathie Lee laugh.)
ALLEY: Ya know, "That one was great!", "That one's a doctor!"
KATHIE LEE: But you waited for the perfect person, and you have found
REGIS: How did you meet him?
ALLEY: I - my mother was visiting of all strange things. She was visiting
me in L.A., I just moved into a big new house, she came out from Connecticut,
she came out and we went to a reading of a play - the guy that plays my
husband, Dan Lauria, produces these play readings - and Orson was in the
reading. And my mother says "why don't we all...invite the whole company
out for drinks?" So she's walking, quietly, with Orson, on the sidewalk...he
then sits himself down next to me...and I'm walking home with mom, and
she said "I think he likes you!". I said "Mother, I'm sure he's married
- he was talking about his kids...I mean he was a wonderful, funny, I had
a great night". And she goes - "By the way, he's not married. I asked him
- he's divorced!"
REGIS: Oh! Wow!
ALLEY: And then, he called the next morning - he'd given me his card,
he was very gentlemanly - he had given me his card and said "do you like
to go the theater?", and I still thought, well maybe, he's married...(shrugs)...he's
just being like a theater friend - because he was so not flirtatious.
REGIS: You just wouldn't believe it, would you?
ALLEY: No...and my mother hears the phone ringing at nine in the morning
- she heard it was Orson, and she goes (makes fist) "hotdog!" I guess she
REGIS: Mother was getting very anxious! Mother very happy about this!
ALLEY: Well, that's one way to look at this - she also actually really
liked him, so...
REGIS: That's nice. So, is there a date set here?
ALLEY: There's a date. April - (chokes, then laughs) eight-eight-eight-eighteenth.
REGIS: I think you're a little frightened, here. Are you?
ALLEY: I am. It's just so many years of...you know...
KATHIE LEE: Waiting...
ALLEY: Waiting...It's just...
KATHIE LEE: An Orson, I understand, hasn't dated in...a long time...
REGIS: Holy cow!
ALLEY: So he says. You know -
REGIS: You guys were meant for each other. You got a picture?
ALLEY: I do, I do.
REGIS: Quickly - let me see it!
(Alley pulls a 3x5 picture out.)
REGIS: Ah, there they are!
(Regis holds it up. Audience applauds.)
ALLEY: I brought it cuz he couldn't come.
(End of tape :-)
Thanks to Kyle Gittins for providing the transcript.
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