Doreen Tracey dead; original Disney Mouseketeer was 74

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Doreen Tracey

Doreen Tracey, one of the original Mouseketeers on "The Mickey Mouse Club" and later an associate of musician Frank Zappa, has died.

Tracey appeared on the popular TV show "The Mickey Mouse Club" from 1955 to 1959.

Photo via YouTubeTracey, who would describe herself as the "black sheep" of the 1950s children's show, died Wednesday while being treated for pneumonia at a hospital in Thousand Oaks, the Los Angeles Times reported. The series then lived on for decades in syndication.

"She never failed to make us all feel good and we will miss her".

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.

It was the pig-tailed Tracey and her talented co-stars - including Annette Funicello - who appeared on television in black hats with ears following the anthem "M-I-C, K-E-Y, M-O-U-S-E." on ABC's "The Mickey Mouse Club".

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While a Mouseketeer, Tracey also was cast in the Disney feature Westward Ho the Wagons! . She learned to dance and sing from a young age, as her father ran a nightclub and a dance studio. (1956), starring Fess Parker.

In the 1960s, Tracey visited American military bases in South Vietnam and Thailand with her own act.

Later, she became a publicist for the likes of Zappa and also worked as an administrator for Warner Bros. She kept close to Disney over the years, appearing at various conventions and performing in reunion shows.

Tracey had her first taste of celebrity at 12 as one of the child stars of The Mickey Mouse Club - which aired between 1955 and 1959.

She last celebrated the show's 60 Anniversary in 2015.

She leaves behind a son and two grandchildren.

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