Meet celebrity impersonator Tracey Bell.
Meet Tracey Bell
Celebrity impersonator Tracey Bell has never stopped playing dress-up. For more than 25 years, she has been internationally-recognized for her interactive impersonations of Cher, Madonna, Celine Dion, Marilyn Monroe, Janis Joplin, Liza Minnelli, and many other classic divas. The creator of her own one-woman show, “8 Divas in 44 Minutes”, Tracey is a past winner of Entertainer of the Year at both the Canadian Special Event Industry and BC Event Industry Awards. You can watch Tracey Bell bring her divas to life at TraceyBell.com.
20 Questions with Tracey Bell
1. Your first job.
My first real job was making announcements on the Woolco Department Store sound system when I was 14. “Good afternoon shoppers and welcome to Woolco. In our upper-center aisle today we are featuring men’s glow-in-the-dark briefs” was one of my favorites.
2. The job you always wanted as a child.
I wanted to be a movie star with a giant hairdo. I drew pictures of myself in long gowns with long, layered hair flowing to my knees and a tower of several buns on top of my head. It looked like I was drawing a snowman on my head, but it was my hair.
3. Your pet peeve.
My cats ask to go out and then they don’t go out.
4. Your hero.
My Mom. She’s the funniest person I know. She’s kind, smart, generous, patient and way more cool than I am. She is an amazing cook and has worked hard all of her life.
5. Your biggest indulgence.
I eat butter every day.
6. One thing no one knows about you (and you’re willing to share).
I still have a baby tooth.
7. Three things you would want with you on a deserted island.
My sweetheart, a wide-brimmed hat and a bucket full of butter.
8. The one word your best friend would use to describe you.
9. If you were not a performer what would you be doing right now?
I’d be either a p[sychic fortune teller or a bank teller.
10. Hero or villain.
Superhero with a great costume.
11. Your life’s motto/mantra.
I have two: all of the rules are made up and spread joy throughout the universe.
12. Your favourite movie.
13. The last book you read.
Annabel by Kathleen Winter.
14. If you were a cartoon character what cartoon character would you be?
15. What will it say on your grave marker?
“Who did she think she was?” Actually, I won’t have a grave because I’m donating my organs and then my body goes to science. Seriously.
16. Who would you most like to have dinner with?
My Dad. He passed away eight years ago. I’m pretty sure he’d pay.
17. Your idea of happiness.
Love, creativity, good food, laughter, puppies and kittens.
18. If you could go back in time, what would you tell your twenty year old self?
Don’t worry. Don’t tan. Buy Vancouver real estate as soon as possible.
19. The one thing in your life that makes you most proud.
In the 1990s, I painted 40,000 pink and sparkly noses for peace. I toured fairs and exhibitions as Lucy Potatoe, an original character, and promoted ‘free nose jobs’ with the promise that there would be no wars if we all had pink and sparkly noses. I looked into people’s eyes and told them they were making the world a better place.
20. To be or not to be?
To be myself? Not to be myself? I’m good either way.