Original Mouseketeer Dead at 74


One of the original mouseketeers has died at the age of 74 from pneumonia due to cancer complications, according to media reports.

At age twelve English born Doreen Tracey, auditioned for the Mickey Mouse Club and was hired. She appeared for all three seasons of the show’s original run.

She later worked for Frank Zappa as a publicist and became an amateur weightlifter. She twice posed nude for the men’s magazine Gallery in 1976, and again, in 1979. In 2001 an excerpt from her memoirs, Confessions of a Mouseketeer, was published in the NPR anthology I Thought My Father Was God. She married Robert Washburn and had a son, but the marriage ended in divorce.


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