Disney Mouseketeer Doreen Tracey dies at 74
She was Tracey also had a more adventurous side and in the s formed a rock group called Doreen and the Invaders, touring Vietnam in shortly after the Tet Offensive, one of the most aggressive military campaigns of the war. She also posed nude for the magazine Gallery — except for the Mickey Mouse ears she wore — and worked as a publicist for Zappa, an unconventional but deeply admired musician and occasional filmmaker. The risque photos cost her work at Disney, she told The Times, and she came to regret the decision. Tracey eventually reconciled with Disney and became a regular at Mousketeers reunions and conventions. In an interview with The Times in , she recalled that Walt Disney had advised her that appearing on the Mickey Mouse Club would be a heady experience. But he was right. Born in London on April 3, , Tracey arrived in the United States when she was 4 and learned to sing and dance — necessities of being a Mouseketeer — at a studio her father operated in Hollywood.
Looking back at the colorful show business career of original Mouseketeer Doreen Tracey
She was Tracey, who would describe herself as the "black sheep" of the s children's show, died Wednesday while being treated for pneumonia at a hospital in Thousand Oaks, the Los Angeles Times reported. She maintained a lifelong association with Disney, appearing in a spinoff with Annette Funicello and such films as "Westward Ho the Wagons! In the s she formed a rock group called Doreen and the Invaders, touring Vietnam in shortly after the Tet Offensive, according to The Times. She also posed nude -- except for Mickey Mouse ears -- for the magazine "Gallery" and worked as a publicist for Zappa, a musician and occasional filmmaker. The risque photos cost her work at Disney, she told The Times, but she eventually reconciled with Disney and became a regular at Mousketeers reunions and conventions. After her television career, she worked until retirement as an administrator at Warner Bros, The Times reported.
Doreen Isabelle Tracey April 13, — January 10, was a British-born American performer who appeared on the original Mickey Mouse Club television show from Tracey was born in St Pancras , London , England. He emigrated to the United States from Russia with his Jewish parents as an infant. When Doreen was four, her family returned to the United States, where her father first ran a nightclub, then opened a dance studio in Hollywood, California.
This morning a Disney publicist confirmed she passed away earlier this week after developing pneumonia. Tracey rose to fame at 12 years old as one of the child stars of The Mickey Mouse Club, which aired between and Paying tribute to his fellow Mouseketeer Tommy Cole said: "Our Dodo, as we lovingly nicknamed her, always had a smile on her face.
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