Original Disney Mouseketeer Doreen Tracey dead at 74

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This undated photo released by Disney, shows Disney Mouseketeer Doreen Tracey.

One of the original "Mouseketeer" members, Doreen Tracey, who later became a publicist for musician Frank Zappa, died at the age of 74.

She died from pneumonia Wednesday at a hospital in Thousand Oaks, California after a two-year battle with cancer, according to The Associated Press. She kept close to Disney over the years, appearing at various conventions and performing in reunion shows.

Later, she became a publicist for the likes of Zappa and also worked as an administrator for Warner Bros. An incredible number of youngsters hurried home from college to see wonder since the springy Mouseketeers declared by themselves towards the cover of the present.

Tracey was 12 when she auditioned for a role on the program.

"The Mickey Mouse Club" was the brainchild of Walt Disney during the flowering of his company's fortunes in the mid-1950s.

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The hour-long show debuted in October 3, 1955 and was syndicated in 1962-65, according to AP. She was part of the nine-person cast for the show's entire initial four-year run. The series then lived on for decades in syndication.

Produced in London on April 3, 1943, to moms and dads that functioned at vaudeville, Doreen Tracey came to America if she was and also chose to dance and sing. The show would later serve as a platform to launch the careers of Hollywood celebs Justin Timberlake and Britney Spears among others.

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

Tracey rose to fame at 12 years old as one of the child stars of The Mickey Mouse Club, which aired between 1955 and 1959. Tracey strained her connection with Disney by posing for a men's publication 1976 with practically nothing except her tight mouse head sporting only an open trench jacket facing Disney Studios.

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

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