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Remembering the ‘Black Sheep’ Mouseketeer

An original ‘Mickey Mouse Club’ member — who later posed nude in the '70s — has died

THE MICKEY MOUSE CLUB, from left: Annette Funicello, Doreen Tracey, 1955-1959
Mouseketeers Annette Funicello, left, and Doreen Tracey were part of "The Mickey Mouse Club" for its entire original run, from 1955 to 1959.
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“Cute-as-a-button” Mouseketeer Doreen Tracey from the 1950s kids' series The Mickey Mouse Club has died at 74 from pneumonia, according to NBC News. Her death on Jan. 10 came after a two-year battle with cancer.

The self-proclaimed “black sheep” of the club got much attention after she left the children’s show in the 1950s and posed nude in 1976 (wearing Mickey Mouse ears) for Gallery magazine. She eventually was welcomed back for several spin-off shows, in between a music career that included performing with her own band and working as a publicist with musician Frank Zappa.

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Former "Mickey Mouse Club" Mouseketeers (L-R) Doreen Tracey, Tommy Cole and Sharon Baird, pose near Stage One on The Walt Disney Studios lot before it is re-dedicated as the "Annette Funicello Stage" in honor of the late Mouseketeer in Burbank, California  June 24, 2013.  Stage One was the home of the original "Mickey Mouse Club" TV series. REUTERS/Fred Prouser  (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT) (Newscom TagID: rtrlfive941466.jpg) [Photo via Newscom]
Doreen Tracey at Walt Disney Studios in 2013 where the stage of the original "Mickey Mouse Club” was dedicated in honor of fellow Mouseketeer Annette Funicello who died in 2013.
Fred Prouser/Newscom

In a 1995 interview with the Los Angeles Times, Tracey talked about her start as a Mouseketeer: “Walt Disney said to me, ‘This will probably be the greatest thing you’ll ever do in your entire life.’ That was pretty heavy stuff for a 12-year-old. But he was right."