Doreen Tracey Dies: Original Disney Mouseketeer Was 74

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ONE of the original Disney Mouseketeers Doreen Tracey has died at the age of 74.

A kid with a vivacious personality, Tracey appeared on Disney's Mickey Mouse Club throughout its original 1955-59 run on ABC.

Tracey reportedly died from pneumonia on Wednesday at a hospital in Thousand Oaks, California.

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

Tracey was born in London in 1943 to two American performers, and the family made their way back to the United States shortly after Doreen was born.

"She never failed to make us all feel good and we will miss her". Her parents, Bessie Hay and Sid Tracey, were Americans who had a vaudeville dance act known as Tracey & Hay.

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She learned to sing and dance at a studio her father opened in Hollywood.

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. (1956), starring Fess Parker.

In the 1980s, '90s and 2000s, Tracey co-starred with former Mouseketeers in several Mickey Mouse Club reunion shows at Disneyland and at Disney conventions.

Later, she became a publicist for the likes of Zappa and also worked as an administrator for Warner Bros. Doreen Tracey kept ties to Disney and reveal business through the duration of her entire life, seeming at the movie Westward Ho the Wagons!

Tracey appeared on The Donna Reed show in 1959 before shifting into a more rebellious phase of her career, which included traveling to Vietnam during the war with her rock group Doreen and the Invaders and acting as a publicist to iconoclastic musician and filmmaker Frank Zappa.

Tracey is survived by her son, Bradley; and grandchildren Gavin and Autumn.

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