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Alley Mills (The Bold & the Beautiful, The Wonder Years)

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Actress Alley Mills was born on May 9, 1951, in Chicago, Illinois. While she has worked in television for close to four decades, Alley Mills is best remembered as Norma Arnold, the nurturing mother, on the dramatic comedy The Wonder Years. A graduate of Yale University in 1973, she went on to study acting at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art.

While still in college, Alley Mills scored a small role in the film Diary of a Mad Housewife (1970). She got her first role on a television series—a short-lived sitcom about young lawyers entitled The Associates—in 1979. Mills played Leslie Dunn, a recent law school graduate who wanted to help those in need. After another failed sitcom in 1982, she finally caught a big break with the role of Norma, the main character's mother, in the 1960s-based family dramedy, The Wonder Years. The critically acclaimed program won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Comedy Series in 1988 for its first season on the air and continued to enjoy strong fan support for several seasons.

After the show ended in 1993, Alley Mills continued work in television, landing a recurring role on the western drama Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman, starring Jane Seymour. She also made numerous guest appearances on television series. She made the leap to daytime television with a role on the CBS soap opera The Bold and the Beautiful in 2006, on which she continues to star to this day.