Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
Entertaiment | By Mabel Barber

Original 'Mouseketeer' Doreen Tracy Dies at 74 Amid Cancer Battle

Original 'Mouseketeer' Doreen Tracy Dies at 74 Amid Cancer Battle

Her former co-star Tommy Cole, 76, paid a touching tribute to her.

According to Variety, she died of pneumonia in Thousand Oaks, California, on January 10, amid a two-year-long cancer battle.

She went on to appear in several Mickey Mouse Club reunions in the '80s, '90s and 2000s and met with fans at other Disney conventions. It led to her being axed by Disney. "They used to call me two, three times a year for appearances before I did Gallery, and now they wouldn't touch me". It aired intermittently on television from 1955 to 1996.

The 1990s version of the children's variety show launched the careers of several stars such as Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake, Christina Aguilera, Ryan Gosling, and Keri Russell. The original Mickey Mouse Club lived on in syndication for decades thereafter entertaining generations of children around the world.

She was on the show its entire four-year run, in a group that included Annette Funicello (she later appeared on Funicello's spinoff series Annette). She kept ties with Disney throughout her life.

While a Mouseketeer, the performer also starred in the 1956 Disney feature Westward Ho the Wagons! and later toured with the club in Australia.

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Tracey, who described herself as the "black sheep" of The Mickey Mouse Show, died on Wednesday at a hospital in Thousand Oaks, California.

In 1976, she grabbed headlines by posing nude in the men's magazine Gallery, wearing nothing but her Mouseketeer ears. She later regretted the risqué photos because it tainted her relationship with Disney.

"You get caught up in your own ego, not paying attention, not seeing the full repercussions", she said of the experience. After returning to the United States, she shifted gears to working behind-the-scenes and held positions that included publicist to musician and composer Frank Zappa as well as enjoying a multi-decade career in administration at Warner Bros.

Tracey and the Mouseketeers lasting impact on the children who grew up watching The Mickey Mouse Club is still apparent up to this day. A Disney publicist sent us the following statement from the company.

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

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