Actress Tracey Gold is recognized for portraying Carol Seaver on the long running sitcom “Growing Pains” (ABC, 1985-1992), where she received nominations at the 1986 Young Artist Awards and the 2008 TV Land Awards. She reprised the role in the television movies “The Growing Pains Movie” (2000) and “Growing Pains: Return of the Seavers” (2004). Entering show business at age 4, Gold also appeared in the series “Shirley” (1979-1980) and “Goodnight, Beantown” (1983-1984), from which she won a Young Artist Award, before gaining her big break in “Growing Pains.” After “Growing Pains” ended, she appeared primarily in television movies, including “For the Love of Nancy” (1994), “Lady Killer” (1995), “Face of Evil” (1996), “A Crime of Passion” (1999), “Stolen from the Heart” (2000), “She's No Angel” (2001), “Captive Hearts” (2005) and “Final Approach” (2007). Gold has also appeared in some feature films, including “Shoot the Moon” (1982) and “Solar Flare” (2008).
Besides acting, Gold is known for her battle with anorexia nervosa. She was first diagnosed with the early stages of anorexia at age 11. She quickly began counseling and maintained a normal weight for most of her teenage years. However, when she gained some weight over a “The Growing Pains” break in 1988 and a significant weight loss after working again, she became more and more obsessed with weight. After being rushed to the hospital in early 1992, she eventually recovered and starred in a 1994 TV film about anorexia. She now speaks out about the dangers of eating disorders.
Many years later, in 2004, Gold made headlines with her arrest for drunk driving after rolling her SUV down a California freeway embankment. While her husband and two of her sons were not seriously injured, her oldest child suffered from a broken bone and a head wound. Gold spent five hours in a Ventura jail before being released on bail.
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Childhood and Family:
Tracey Gold was born Tracey Claire Fisher on May 16, 1969, in New York City, New York. Six years later, her mother Bonnie Fisher, who was an advertising executive, married actor Harry Goldstein, who adopted Tracey and her younger sister Missy. The whole family then adopted the new last name Gold. Tracey also has two half-sisters, Brandy and Jessie Gold. At age 4, she accompanied her father to a soft drink commercial audition where she accidentally ended up landing her first job.
On October 8, 1994, Tracey married Roby Marshall, whom she met through her “Growing Pains” costar Joanna Kerns. They have four sons named Sage (born February 16, 1997), Bailey (born March 4, 1999), Aiden (born May 9, 2004) and Dylan (born April 1, 2008).
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Tracey Gold began her career at age 4 by appearing in a Pepsi print advertisement. Her television acting debut arrived a few years later when she was cast as Rosemary Armagh in the 1976 television miniseries “Captains and the Kings” (NBC), opposite Patty Duke, Robert Vaughn, Jane Seymour and Perry King. She followed it up with roles in the miniseries “Roots” (1977, as Young Missy Reynolds) and “The Dark Secret of Harvest Home” (1978, as Missy Penrose) and the television films “Night Cries” (1979, as Donna Blankenship), “Little Mo” (1978, as Cindy Brinker), “The Incredible Journey of Doctor Meg Laurel” (1979, as Laurie Mae Moon), “Jennifer: A Woman's Story” (1979, as Emma Prince) and “The Child Stealer” (1979, as Pam Rodman). She also appeared in an episode of “Quincy M.E.,” a NBC drama starring Jack Klugman, “Eight Is Enough” and “CHiPS” (1979). Gold, however, did not land her first regular gig until she was cast as Michelle Miller on the short lived NBC series “Shirley” (1979-1980), opposite Shirley Jones and Rosanna Arquette.
Following the cancellation of “Shirley,” Gold appeared in episodes of “Here's Boomer” (1980), “Trapper John, M.D.” (1980), “CBS Afternoon Playhouse” (1981), “CBS Library” (1981), “Father Murphy” (1982), “Disneyland” (1982), “The Phoenix” (1982), “Hallmark Hall of Fame” (1983) and “Fantasy Island” (1983). She received her next reoccurring role in the Bill Bixby comedy “Goodnight, Beantown” (1983-1984). The show, however, was also cancelled. However, for her good acting on the series, Gold was handed a 1984 Young Artist award in the category of Best Young Actress in a New Television Series.
From 1980 to 1983, the actress also acted in a string of TV films, including “Marilyn: The Untold Story,” “A Few Days in Weasel Creek,” “Beyond Witch Mountain,” “Another Woman's Child” and “Who Will Love My Children.” She branched out to the big screen in 1982 when she was cast as one of the four daughters of Albert Finney and Diane Keaton in the Alan Parker directed drama “Shoot the Moon,” which premiered at the 1982 Cannes Film Festival.
Throughout the remainder of the 1980s, Gold took on roles in such television movies as “A Reason to Live” (1985, with Rick Schroder), “Lots of Luck” (1985, with Fred Willard, Annette Funicello and Martin Mull), “The Blinkins” (1986, as the voice of Shady) and “Dance 'Til Dawn” (1988, played the nerdy daughter of Kelsey Grammer and Edie McClurq). She also made a guest appearance in the series “Benson” (1985). In the comedy film “The Best of Times” (1986), which starred Robin Williams and Kurt Russell, she had an unaccredited part as Jaki’s (played by Robyn Lively) friend.
Gold's big breakthrough arrived when she won the role of honor student Carol Seaver on the popular sitcom “Growing Pains.” Starring Alan Thicke and Joanna Kerns, the show debuted on ABC on September 24, 1985, and ran until April 25, 1992. Gold was nominated for a 1986 Young Artist for Best Young Actress Starring in a New Television Series for her performance. Later, in 2008, she received a TV Land nomination in the category of Character You'd Pay to Do Your Homework for You.
After “Growing Pains” left the airwaves, Gold worked in a number of television movies. She appeared in the true story based “Labor of Love: The Arlette Schweitzer Story” (1993) and “For the Love of Nancy” (1994, starred as a teen battling anorexia), Sylvie Pierson in the thriller “Sleep, Baby, Sleep” (1995), the rebellious teen Stacy in “Stolen Innocence” (1995), Sharon in “Lady Killer” (1995, opposite Judith Light and Jack Wagner), and Beth in “Beauty's Revenge” (1995). She also portrayed characters in “A Kidnapping in the Family” (1996, with Kate Jackson), “Face of Evil” (1996, opposite Perry King), “The Perfect Daughter” (1996), “To Face Her Past” (1996), “Dirty Little Secret” (1998), “The Girl Next Door” (1998) and “A Crime of Passion” (1999). In addition, Gold appeared in an episode of “Diagnosis Murder” (1996) and “Touched by an Angel.” In 1999, she starred as Sue Bentley in the independent film “Wanted,” which was written and directed by Terence M. O'Keefe. Costars of the movie included Robert Culp, James Quattrochi, Justin Berfield, Ernie Lively and Matt McKenzie.
Entering the new millennium, Gold was cast as Anita in the “Chicken Soup for the Soul” episode titled “14 Steps/Damaged Goods/Ballerina Dreams” (2000), opposite Susan Blakely and Joseph Bologna, and starred as Leslie Wagner in the CBS television film “Stolen from the Heart” (2000), with Barbara Mandrell, William R. Moses and Lisa Zane. She then guest starred in “Twice in a Lifetime” (2000) before reprising her role of Carol Seaver for the television film reunion “The Growing Pains Movie,” which was broadcasted on November 25, 2000. The next few years found her starring with Kevin Dobson and Dee Wallace-Stone in the TV film “She's No Angel” (2001), receive an unaccredited part in “What's the Worst That Could Happen” (2001), a comedy film directed by Sam Weisman, portray Nell Swanson in the TV film “Wildfire 7: The Inferno” (2002) and appear in an episode of “The Dead Zone” called “Misbegotten” (2003). Also in 2003, she released a book called “Room to Grow: An Appetite for Life,” which she co-wrote with Julie McCarron.
In 2004, Gold was once again reunited with “Growing Pains” cast members for the television film “Growing Pains: Return of the Seavers,” which was directed by Joanna Kerns. It was followed by a starring role in the Lifetime Television thriller “Captive Hearts” (2005) and a hosting gig on the TVGUIDE Channel show “Trapped in TV Guide” (2006). She then portrayed Carly Segan in Lifetime's “Safe Harbor” (2006), opposite Mitchell Kosterman, Stacy Grant, Scott Heindl and Lucia Walters, and Lina Howren in the Hallmark Channel film “Final Approach” (2007), opposite Dean Cain, Anthony Michael Hall and Ernie Hudson. Next up for Gold, she portrayed Dr. Joanna Clark in the action film “Solar Flare” (2008), with Michelle Clunie, Chris Brochu, Kasan Butcher, Ted Monte and Cliff De Young, and Molly in the Canadian thriller “Sight Unseen” (2008), with Paul Christie and Andrew Francis.
Gold is set to star with Tom Skerritt, John Schneider, Elisa Donovan, Brad Rowe and Robert Neary in the upcoming comedy feature “A Valentine's Date.” Directed by Michael Feifer, the film will be released in the U.S. in 2011.
Young Artist: Best Young Actress in a New Television Series, “Goodnight, Beantown,” 1984