Gabrielle Ray

'Gabrielle Ray said, 'I am always dancing; I love it! When I don't dance, I sing. What else is there to do?'

Gabrielle Ray (J. Beagles 764 O)

Gabrielle Ray (J. Beagles 764 O) 1908

November 21, 2014 Posted by | Actress, Deltiology, Gabrielle Ray, Social History, Uncategorized | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Little Cherub (Rotary 4038 A)

November 18, 2014 Posted by | Actress, Autograph, Deltiology, Gabrielle Ray, Rotary, Social History, The Little Cherub, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Gabrielle Ray (Giesen Bros. K 35)

Gabrielle Ray (Giesen Bros. K 35) 1906

 Gabrielle Ray (Rotophot 0350)

November 17, 2014 Posted by | Actress, Deltiology, Gabrielle Ray, Giesen Bros., Social History, Uncategorized | , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Gabrielle Ray – The Orchid – Illustrated Budget – 1904

Gabrielle Ray - The Orchid - Illustrated Budget - 9th January 1904

The Orchid – The Play Pictorial

Miss Gabrielle Ray

As “Thisbe,” Private Secretary to Mr. Chesterton.

November 7, 2014 Posted by | Actress, Gabrielle Ray, Social History, The Orchid, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Gabrielle Ray – The Orchid – The Tatler – 1904

Gabrielle Ray - The Tatler - 14th September 1904

 

The Orchid (Rotary 4328 B)

November 6, 2014 Posted by | Actress, Gabrielle Ray, Social History, The Orchid, The Tatler, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Gabrielle Ray – Lady Madcap – The Tatler – 1905

Lady Madcap - The Tatler - 29th November 1905

 

Miss Gabrielle Ray as the fascinating lady’s maid in “Lady Madcap” at the Prince of Wales’s Theatre. 

(The Tatler, 29th November 1905)

Miss Ray masquerading as her mistress, Miss Ray as a sailor, Miss Ray as herself.

Miss Gabrielle Ray, who is playing the part of Susan, maid to Lady Betty Clarridge, Lord Framlingham’s daughter, the heroine of “Lady Madcap,” is not an American as her curious cadences might suggest, but is quite English. She made her first impression in London by appearing as the maid in “The Girl from Kays“; then she appeared at the Gaiety as the secretary of the orchid-hunter; and from there passed to the Prince of Wales’s Theatre.

October 31, 2014 Posted by | Actress, Gabrielle Ray, Lady Madcap, Social History, The Tatler, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Gabrielle Ray (Davidson Bros.)

Gabrielle Ray (Davidson Bros.) 1911

October 27, 2014 Posted by | Actress, Davidson Bros., Deltiology, Gabrielle Ray, Social History, Uncategorized | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Married Rich Gaiety Girls Unhappy – New York Dramatic Mirror – 1912

Married Rich Gaiety Girls Unhappy  - New York NY Dramatic  Mirror - 11th December 1912

October 24, 2014 Posted by | Actress, Biography, Eric Loder, Gabrielle Ray, Lily Elsie, Social History, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Betty – The Edinburgh Evening News – 1915

Betty - The Edinburgh Evening News - Saturday 30th January 1915

A New Edwardes’ Musical Play, “Betty”

We are accustomed to get most of our theatrical productions here with the London hall-mark upon them, but as he did in the case of “The Dollar Princess,” so Mr George Edwardes’ has done with his new musical play ”Betty.” He has sought first the verdict of Manchester, and “Betty” will be played in other cities before she goes to the Metropolis. The play comes to the Lyceum Theatre on Monday to begin a fortnight’s run. It has had a splendid send off in Manchester, where it has been performed before large audiences right on from Christmas till now.

“Betty” has a romantic plot; its music is said to be almost operatic in quality – and it is all British – while the staging is on a magnificent scale. The cast is a first-rate one and includes many excellent artists like Miss Winifred Barnes, Miss Daisy Burrell, Miss Avice Kelham, and the inimitably droll comedian, Mr G. P. Huntley.

The Edinburgh Evening News – Saturday 30th January 1915

October 24, 2014 Posted by | Actress, Betty, Gabrielle Ray, Social History, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Gabrielle Ray – Holloway Sanatorium

Another famous inmate was the former “Gaiety Girl” Gabrielle Ray, born Gabrielle Elizabeth Clifford Cook in Stockport in 1883. The Gaiety Girls were the chorus girls in musical comedies of the nineteenth century and Edwardian period and would appear on stage in bathing attire (which at the time was so designed as to be somewhat chaste by modern standards) or in the latest fashions. They were the style icons of their time. Gaiety Girls were in fact polite, well-behaved, respectable and intended to be symbols of ideal womanhood.

Gabrielle Ray, or “Gabs” as she was known to her friends and admirers, was one of the most famous. A talented actress, singer and dancer, who appeared in other kinds of theatre including pantomime, she was considered among the most beautiful women in Britain by a Paris magazine and became one of the most photographed in the world. Sadly, upset by the philandering of her husband Eric Loder, she took to drink and suffering from alcoholism and depression – mental illness ran in the family – was forced to retire from the stage in 1924. Subsequently she was placed by her relatives in Holloway Sanatorium where she remained until her death in May 1973 aged ninety. She spent some of her time at the main site and some at Lyne Place.

Her long stay at the Sanatorium, where she was registered as Mrs Eric Loder, was a happy one. Everyone liked her – the infectious smile seen in her photographs gives a clue as to why – and she was treated with great kindness and affection. She was visited by other former Gaiety Girls such as Gertie Millar and Lily Elsie, who had become firm friends, and by Lord Dudley, the owner of Great Fosters. She loved her walks into the village for shopping, being taken on car rides several times a week, and sitting in the grounds feeding the birds and squirrels. She continued to take great care over her appearance, always wearing smart clothes and hats and dressing her hair immaculately. When she died, one of the last of the Gaiety Girls, her few surviving relatives were present at her funeral as well as people from the Sanatorium. She is buried in Englefield Green cemetery.

Reference;

  • Blythman, G. (2014) “The Holloway Sanatorium” Egham and Runnymede Historical Society (p 65)

After further discussions with Guy Blythman about Miss Ray’s continued stay at The Holloway Sanatorium he said that her relatives didn’t want her back because of the stigma of mental illness and the alcohol/drugs involved. Also she needed to remain in a controlled environment because she wasn’t capable of looking after herself. He added that from his research, the Loder family never accepted Miss Ray and didn’t visit her at Holloway; one of her former nurses recalled “she was a very quiet lady, small and neat, who did not give any indication of the high life she must have enjoyed”.

 

October 23, 2014 Posted by | Actress, Biography, Gabrielle Ray, Social History, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

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