Tracey Gold quite literally grew up on television. Her career as an actress started at the age of four when she began working in commercials. She quickly moved on to dozens of parts in television movies and feature films, including Shoot the Moon (with Albert Finney and Diane Keaton), Marilyn: the Untold Story, and Who Will Love My Children (with Ann-Margret). As a child actress, Tracey honed her skills working alongside such legends as Jane Wyman, Bette Davis, Patty Duke and Gena Rowlands.

Her first starring role was that of Young Missy Reynolds (Sandy Duncan’s character as a girl) in the award-winning ABC mini-series, Roots. In 1985 Tracey was cast in the role of Carol Seaver on Growing Pains. She went on perform for seven years on that popular ABC comedy series. Following that success, she returned to drama with many TV movies of the week. She portrayed the title character in For the Love of Nancy (with Jill Clayburgh), which was a personal triumph for the actress, as the movie was based on the main character’s struggle with a severe eating disorder.

Tracey has been unafraid to speak publicly about her battle with anorexia nervosa, which almost took her life. Her eating disorder began at age 19, after she received scrutiny from the producers of Growing Pains for her weight gain during the season’s hiatus in 1988. She became increasingly obsessed with food and her weight. In 1992, Tracey’s anorexia became life-threatening as she was literally starving herself. She weighed only 80 pounds when she needed to be hospitalized to save her life. Through her involvement with therapy and an eating disorder program, Tracey was able to recover. Rather than retreat from the subject, Tracey has, in the intervening years, spoken out publicly to Oprah Winfrey, Diane Sawyer and People Magazine about her struggles with ED.

Tracey was introduced to her future husband, Roby Marshall, by her television mom from Growing Pains, Joanna Kerns. They reside in Southern California, where they raise their four sons, Sage, Bailey, Aiden and Dylan.