Doreen Tracey spent the first few years of her life living in her hometown of London, with her Vaudeville star mom and dad. But at age 4, her family moved to Hollywood, where her parents opened their own dance studio. Doreen loved to sing and dance at mom and dad’s studio, and eventually, she followed in their footsteps and started booking professional gigs of her own. When she was twelve, she was hired into The Mickey Mouse Club.
After her three consecutive seasons on the show, she continued her career in acting. Like many of her fellow Musketeers, she appeared on The Donna Reed Show. Tracey put a smile on the faces of many men and women overseas when she went on an international tour to perform for the troops. But this kind-hearted patriotic sweetheart would soon find herself making some pretty shocking career moves…
Where is Sharon Baird Today?
Even after obtaining her mathematics degree from Los Angeles Valley College, Baird’s heart was still in acting and entertaining. In the 70’s, she voiced several puppet characters in different children’s shows, and in 1984, she played a role in the live comedy show, Gallagher: Over Your Head. Alongside of her love for acting, she found love elsewhere – in vocalist Dalton Lee.
Baird played several roles, both on stage and television, throughout her adult years. But in the 90’s, the gaps between her appearances grew larger and larger until eventually, she basically retired entirely from television. Today she enjoys semi-retirement from her home in Reno, Nevada.
Sharon Baird Stars as Ratboy
In what is arguably the strangest role that Sharon Baird has ever really played, she portrayed the title character, a young rat-like boy, in the 1986 film “Ratboy.” But not just anyone would know that is was Sharon behind this odd little fellow on screen. When the credits rolled, hers simply appeared with the name: S.L Baird. Unfortunately, no one in America really understood the film, especially critics, who essentially gave it a big thumbs down. Critics over in Europe spun a different tale, however, and actually seemed to like it.
Ratboy tells the sad story of a young rat-like kid who lives behind a dumpster, hiding out of shame for being different. The underlying moral behind the narrative is that society has a tendency to be very shallow, when it comes to appearances, and ostracizes those that don’t fit the script of what is deemed to be “normal.” Baird lives happily in semi-retirement, in Nevada, and occasionally makes appearances with her fellow Mouseketeers.
Tracey Gets Racy
In 1976, Tracey gave her Disney fans quite a shock when she bared it all for the cameras of Gallery, an adult men’s magazine – twice – yes, twice that year. But it wasn’t just the fact that she appeared in the magazine that made her fans drop their jaws. It was that she posed nude wearing her Mickey ears that shocked them the most. In fact, Disney actually banned her from the rest of the Mouseketeer reunions – and all other “official” Disney events – for the next several years afterwards.
But posing in Gallery triggered something in Tracey, something that seemed to set her free – all of her, apparently. Not too long after the shoot, she snagged the role of lead vocalist in a rock band that she dubbed, Doreen and the Invaders. A few years, after she ended her singing career, she took on the role of Frank Zappa’s publicist and started bodybuilding on the side.
Red Teamer Tommy Cole
Tommy Cole knew from a young age that he was interested in the performing arts. His parents, an editor and child caretaker, weren’t so sure about the path he’d chosen. But in 1956, Cole signed on to the red team of The Mickey Mouse Club, and there was no denying that he’d found a piece of success. Cole initially made it into the front lines of the club due to his incredible talent for singing. In fact, he’d been singing in a country western band before his time as a Mouseketeer.
After working on the show for its final two years, he made appearances on a variety of others, such as an episode of Leave It to Beaver in 1959. He also made a few appearances at Mouseketeer reunions throughout the years.