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2012 Doreen Tracey
Mouseketeer Doreen Tracey, who appeared on The Mickey Mouse Club for its entire run, has said she was answering the phone in the Rainbow Studio one day at lunchtime, when a Disney casting agent called, asking for kids to audition for he show. In her best grown-up voice she told him she knew the perfect little girl for the job. Doreen wanted to keep the audition a secret, but her father thought otherwise and posted the information publicly. At her audition, she did a Patti Page song called "Cross Over the Bridge" in a comic style, and was immediately hired.
Doreen was an all-around performer, adept at dancing, singing, and acting. She excelled in displaying comical facial reactions that, though exaggerated, were never overdone. Ballet was her strongest dance style, but she could also do tap and jazz. She could ad-lib effectively, and her strongest selling point was her own appealing personality, which came across best in comic turns. Impulsive and action-oriented, Doreen did an aerial act at the Mickey Mouse Club Circus in Disneyland in November and December of 1955.
In the third season, she performed in a skit called "The Music Store" with Lonnie and Bobby. In constant demand for the Mouseketeer production numbers, she also did voice narrations for a couple of newsreels and an encyclopedia special. For the Disneyland episode promoting the film Rainbow Road to Oz, she danced the part of Scraps, the Patchwork Girl. In the serial Annette she played the role of Val Abernathy.
Doreen accompanied Jimmie Dodd, Annette, and Tommy Cole on a long tour of the east coast in January and February 1958, largely to promote the upcoming Annette serial. She then went to Australia in May 1959, on a tour arranged by Jimmie Dodd, independent of the studio.
Singing was Doreen's career mainstay during the ‘60s. Though she didn't record, she was in demand for live performances on the teen nightclub circuit, doing both rock 'n' roll and ballads. During 1962 she was a member of the 'Teen magazine variety troupe, performing with Tommy Cole and the Addrisi Brothers, and mainly did solo gigs, including some at Ben Blue's nightclub in Beverly Hills.
Doreen returned to Disney for the Mouseketeer 25th anniversary show in 1980 and since then has made numerous appearances with her fellow mice. Her autobiography is titled Confessions of a Mouseketeer.