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Doreen Tracey

Born

3 April 1943

London, England,

United Kingdom

Spouse(s)Robert Washburn (divorced; 1 child)

Doreen Isabelle Tracey (born 3 April 1943) is known for having been a performer on the original Mickey Mouse

Club television show from 1955 to 1958.

Life and career

Tracey was born in London, England. Her parents, Sidney Tracey and Bessie Hay, were an American vaudeville

dance team that performed for Allied soldiers during World War II. Her father's original named was Murray

Katzelnick; he immigrated to the United States from Russia with his Jewish parents as an infant.[1]

When Doreen

was four, her family returned to the United States, where her father first ran a nightclub, then opened a dance studio

in Hollywood, California.

Tracey learned to dance and sing at an early age, courtesy of the many instructors and performers who worked out at

her father's studio. Her first professional work was an uncredited singing and dancing bit in the musical film The

Farmer Takes a Wife (1952). At age twelve she auditioned for the Mickey Mouse Club and was hired. She appeared

for all three seasons of the show's original run. In 1956, she was featured in the Disney western Westward Ho, the

Wagons!, and in the third season of the Mickey Mouse Club, had a role in the serial Annette. She was cast as Scraps,

the Patchwork Girl, in a musical number from the proposed live-action Disney film Rainbow Road to Oz on an

episode of the Disneyland television show in September 1957. The movie was never made, and when the Mickey

Mouse Club stopped filming in 1958, Tracey switched to singing live at concerts and teen nightclubs.

She appeared on several television shows, including the episode "April Fool" (April 1, 1959), of ABC's The Donna

Reed Show, with James Darren in a guest-starring role as well. Tracey wound up her career as a performer touring

American military bases in South Vietnam and Thailand and performing lead vocals for a Filipino rock group. She

later worked for Frank Zappa as a publicist, and became an amateur weight-lifter. She posed for the men's magazine

Gallery in 1976, wearing her Mouseketeer ears and little else. In 2001, an excerpt from her memoirs, called

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.[1]

References

[1]http://www. originalmmc. com/doreen.html

External links

•Doreen Tracey (http://www. imdb. com/name/nm870435/) at the Internet Movie Database

•Doreen Tracey profile (http://www. originalmmc. com/doreen. html)

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