Tracey Gold (born May 16, 1969) is an American actress and former child star best known for playing Carol Seaver on the 1980s sitcom Growing Pains.In early 2009, she co-hosted with Fred Roggin on the live show GSN Live.starring Nell Carter, but was replaced by actress Lara Jill Miller when the show went to series.She played one of Albert Finney and Diane Keaton's four daughters in the 1982 feature film Shoot the Moon.Gold was born Tracey Claire Fisher in New York City.Her younger sister is fellow actress Missy Gold, who appeared on the TV series Benson from 1979 to 1986; their mother, Bonnie Fisher, was an advertising executive.
In 1985, Gold auditioned for the role of Carol Seaver on Growing Pains, but was not initially cast.
The actress chosen for the pilot was Elizabeth Ward, who had starred alongside Gold in The Hand-Me-Down Kid, a 1983 ABC Afterschool Special.
However, test audiences did not favor Ward in the role of Carol, and she was promptly replaced by Gold. During this time, Gold became a famous teen star and battled anorexia.
In 1988, Gold also starred as Angela Strull in the teen film Dance 'til Dawn.
She appeared in two canceled series, Shirley with Shirley Jones in 1979, and Goodnight Beantown, starring Bill Bixby in 1983.Gold was originally cast as the youngest daughter in the original pilot series of the show Gimme A Break!