Original 'Mickey Mouse Club' Mousketeer Doreen Tracey Dies at 74

Angelo Anderson
January 13, 2018

This undated photo released by Disney, shows Disney Mouseketeer Doreen Tracey.

One of the original Disney Mouseketeers, Doreen Tracey, has died at 74 after a two year battle with cancer.

Tracey expired from pneumonia Wednesday in a hospital in Thousand Oaks, Calif., after a two-year struggle.

She also appeared in several TV shows and toured US military bases in South Vietnam and Thailand with an act. She afterwards served as a publicist to artist Frank Zappa and functioned in Warner Bros... Millions of kids raced home from school to watch in wonder as the bouncy Mouseketeers announced themselves at the top of the show.

Tracey famously posed nude wearing just a pair of Mickey Mouse ears for Gallery magazine in 1976 - which led to her being axed by Disney executives.

"The Mickey Mouse Club" was the brainchild of Walt Disney during the flowering of his company's fortunes in the mid-1950s. In order to fund the Disneyland playground, he also consented to furnish ABC together with tv-shows.

Original 'Mickey Mouse Club' Mousketeer Doreen Tracey Dies at 74

The hour-long show debuted in October 3, 1955 and was syndicated in 1962-65, according to AP. It thrived for 2 seasons and then had been paid down into a half-dozen for a couple.

The black-and-white series was syndicated in 1962-65.

Born in London on April 3, 1943, Tracey arrived in the USA at the age of just four. She nabbed a spot on "The Mickey Mouse Club" when she was 12. She maintained a lifelong association with Disney, appearing in a spinoff with Annette Funicello and such films as "Westward Ho the Wagons!" with Fess Parker.

Tracey rose to fame at 12 years old as one of the child stars of The Mickey Mouse Club, which aired between 1955 and 1959.

Survivors include her son, Bradley, and grandchildren Gavin and Autumn.

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