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  • Father was an NBC television exec, mother an art editor at American Heritage magazine.
  • Made TV debut on The Patti Page Show in 1959. 
  • Performed as a child at the prestigious Williamstown Theatre Festival in Massachusetts.
  • Was one of the first female undergraduates at Yale University, and while studying there, she once found a lost painting by Frederick Church in a school cellar. The artwork later sold for $1.5 million.
  • While attending drama school in London, went to see Vanessa Redgrave in seven plays in a row.
  • Practiced Buddhism before becoming a Christian.
  • Cohost of the short-lived daytime program, The Home Show, on ABC in 1989, and occasionally filled in for Vicki Lawrence as host of Vicki!.
  • Husband was a regular on Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman, while she had a recurring role on the series.
  • Along with her husband, is a collector of Americana folk art; classic restaurant and retail signs decorate the couple's backyard.


  • Chester Kerr — Stepfather
  • Orson Bean — Husband
  • Ted Mills — Father
  • Joan Paterson Kerr — Mother
  • Hilary Mills Loomis — Sister
  • Genevieve — Stepmother
  • Tony Mills — Brother
  • David Birney — Ex-significant Other


  • Attended Bennington College, Bennington, Vermont, United States; Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut, United States (BA in Drama and Art History, 1973); The London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, London, England (MA)

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  • Birth Name: Allison Mills
  • Birth Place: Chicago, Illinois, United States
  • Profession: Actor

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