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?'

Flower Basket (Philco 3305 A)

This card shows Miss Ray looking through a basket of flowers. I’m not sure whether this is from a particular show or one of her many “glamour” shots.

The image reminds me of a passage in “The Gaiety Stage Door, Thirty Years of Reminiscences of the Theatre” by James Jupp, published by Jonathan Cape, Eleven Gower Street, London, 1923, (page 65)

He recalls, “The most beautiful present I ever sae was one sent to Miss Gabrielle Ray. It was a complete grape vine, which had been trained to grow in the shape of a half-hoop, and when it stood inside the hall looked like the handle of a gigantic fruit basket. It stood about ten feet high, and there were twenty bunches of beautiful black grapes suspended from the vine. I was told that it was first started to train in this manner purely as an experiment, and after eight years this was the result. It was certainly a thing of beauty, but an extraordinary one to deposit at the stage-door of a theatre as a gift. It was conveyed in a cart, and took four men to carry it.”

May 27, 2010 Posted by | Actress, Deltiology, Gabrielle Ray, Philco, Social History, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , | 1 Comment