Doreen Tracey, original Mickey Mouse Club member, dies at 74

Doreen Tracey, original Mickey Mouse Club member, dies at 74

Disney is mourning the passing of one of the original Mouseketeers from the hit children's variety show The Mickey Mouse Club. The 1990s version of "The Mickey Mouse Club" launched the careers of singers Justin Timberlake, Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera, and actors Keri Russell and Ryan Gosling. The "The Mickey Mouse Club" star died on January 10 after two years of battling cancer.

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

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

After The Mickey Mouse Club ended, Tracey appeared as a guest star in American TV shows before becoming a publicist for musician Frank Zappa. Mickey Mouse, voiced by Disney, made frequent appearances.

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

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.

In the 1960s she formed a rock group called Doreen and the Invaders, touring Vietnam in 1968 shortly after the Tet Offensive, according to The Times.

"You get caught up in your own ego, not paying attention, not seeing the full repercussions", she said.

Later, she became a publicist for the likes of Zappa and also worked as an administrator for Warner Bros.

Disney CEO Bob Iger shared his condolences for the former Disney star on Twitter, writing "Rest in peace Doreen Tracey..." Upon hearing the news of the beloved Mouseketeer's death, fans took to social media to remember the former child star.

The divorced Tracey is survived by a son and two grandchildren.

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