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?'

Lady Madcap (Rotary 1939 M)

Gabrielle Ray as "Susan" in "Lady Madcap" 1905 (Rotary 1939 M)

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Lady Madcap (Rotary 475 D)

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Neath Summer Skies – The Sketch – 19th June 1907

Neath Summer Skies - The Sketch - 19th June 1907

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Gabrielle Ray (Rotary 4038 D)

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Gabrielle Ray (Shenley 195 X)

Gabrielle Ray (Shenley 195 X)Gabrielle Ray (J. Beagles 764 H)

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Gabrielle Ray (Rotary 462 L)

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Gabrielle Ray (Rotary 470 N)

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Betty – The Globe – 25th Sep 1915

Betty - The Globe - 25th Sep 1915

Miss Gabrielle Ray returning to the stage.

Miss Gabrielle Ray, says the Daily Mail, is to return to the stage, and will make her appearance at Daly’s Theatre in about a fortnight as Estella, the pretty milliner, in “Betty.” She retired from Mr. George Edwardes’s management and the stage at the end of 19112. Yesterday she finally made up her mind that she would like to return to the theatre.

“Going back to Daly’s Theatre,” she said, “is almost like returning home after a long absence. The risk that I may be forgotten makes me nervous, but I have not forgotten the theatre, and I have not forgotten how to dance.”

The Globe – 25th Sep 1915

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“Our Nights Were Gay” – W. Macqueen-Pope – Britannia and Eve – 1st February 1952

“Our Nights Were Gay”

W. Macqueen-Pope

On that first night of The Orchid a little wisp of sun kissed thistledown floated on to the stage, all demure in a gown of Quaker grey and announced that she was “the Minister’s Private Secretary.” She had a thin little pipe of a voice – but distinct diction, as they all had – but that did not matter. For she danced, and how she danced, it was a summer wind across a cornfield – a strip of gossamer floating on a zephyr. And up would go a long, slim leg in a high kick and every man’s heart throbbed. She had a halo of real golden hair which surmounted the prettiest face possible – a girl cupid’s face right off a magazine cover or a chocolate box – and her name was Gabrielle Ray. She became the most photographed actress which even the Gaiety had known … and many of those old photographs are treasured to-day.

Gabrielle Ray knew her singing limitations. She always complained when given a song with three or four verses. She knew that however well she learned it, all but the first verse and chorus would be cut. It always was. But what of that? It was the dance and the beauty that mattered. And when, in pink pyjamas, she announced that she was a lovely little lady to adore – young men nearly got crushed to death at the stage door – just to see her …

Britannia and Eve – Friday, 1st February 1952

 

 

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Bessie Ray – Jack and the Beanstalk – The Illustrated Sporting and Dramatic News – 30th December 1993

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