Doreen Tracey, original Mouseketeer, dies at 74

Doreen Tracey, one of the original Mouseketeers on “Mickey Mouse Club,” died from pneumonia in Thousand Oaks, Calif. on Jan. 10 after battling cancer for two years. She was 74.

Tracey appeared on the Disney series when it aired for four years (1955-1959) on ABC. She auditioned for “Mickey Mouse Club” at age 12. While being a Mouseketeer, Tracey appeared in the Disney film “Westward Ho the Wagons!” She had a role in the “Mickey Mouse Club” serial titled “Annette.” She also toured in Australia with the Mouseketeers.

Tracey remained close with the other Mouseketeers. She co-starred with them in multiple “Mickey Mouse Club” reunion shows at Disneyland and at Disney conventions. She last celebrated the show’s 60th Anniversary in 2015.

 
After the Disney show ended, Tracey had guest starring roles on multiple episodic television shows and toured American military bases in Thailand and South Vietnam with an original act. She then transitioned to working as a publicist for musician and composer Frank Zappa, and she had a multi-decade administration career at Warner Bros.

Born in London, England, Tracey didn’t move to the United States until she was 4 years old after her father opened a dance studio in Hollywood. Tracey learned to sing and dance in the studio.

Tracey is survived by her son and two grandchildren.

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'Mickey Mouse Club' Mouseketeers through the years
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'Mickey Mouse Club' Mouseketeers through the years
Studio portrait of original Mouseketeer Annette Funicello, who started on the show at age 12.
Original Mouseketeer Annette Funicello at age 16.
The original cast of 'The Mickey Mouse Club.'
Jimmie Dodd, one of the adult co-hosts of 'The Mickey Mouse Club.'
Annette at her dressing table. 
Another snapshot of the original cast.
Annette Funicello and Jimmie Dodd on set.
Annette Funicello at age 16.
Justin Timberlake was a Mouseketeer on 'The New Mickey Mouse Club.'
Britney Spears was a Mouseketeer on 'The New Mickey Mouse Club.'
Ryan Gosling was a Mouseketeer on 'The New Mickey Mouse Club.'
Christina Aguilera was a Mouseketeer on 'The New Mickey Mouse Club.'
Keri Russell was a Mouseketeer on 'The New Mickey Mouse Club.'
JC Chasez was a Mouseketeer on 'The New Mickey Mouse Club.'
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