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 – Grave

I recently visited Miss Ray’s grave which is in Englefield Green Cemetery, Egham. (Plot 37, grave 53). Sadly the headstone is rather grubby and in need of cleaning. Robert Waters placed a small plaque which is at the side of the headstone.

“An actor is soon forgotten – he reigns as a King a while: He’s feted, and cheered and honoured, and he basks in the Publics’ smile. But the moment his work is over, and gone is the power to please, He has drained the cup of pleasure and come to the bitter lees”   (1)

(1) [Sims, G. (1880) “Ballads of Babylon” Fuller, London (p 94) ]

I recently contacted the Musical Hall Guild of Great Britain and America who have been assigned ownership of Miss Ray’s grave by her family and it is their intention to replace her memorial at a future date. As a charitable organisation they rely on donations to continue their work.

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September 26, 2011 - Posted by | Actress, Biography, Gabrielle Ray, Grave, Social History, Uncategorized | , , , , , ,


  1. that would have been an easy to miss headstone. So surprised considering how big a star she was… btw, was this what you did on your holiday? Your poor poor misses… 😀

    Comment by Rincewind | September 27, 2011 | Reply

  2. Yes rather an insignificant headstone but I did know the plot number and Robert told me that it was in line with a garage across the road which helped, but even so it took a while to find it. I can only assume (which is always a dangerous think to do) that the hospital were responsible for the grave and most, if not all her contemporises were also dead. But I agree it was very sad to see, I did feel quite emotional standing there, even though being a member of the “other lot” we don’t subscribe to grave stones, I believe that there are plans to replace it with a better stone and if so I will be more that happy to “splash the cash” which I don’t say often 🙂

    As for the hols, lots of antique shops but not very many postcards, I’m saving that for this weekend when I am going to another large postcard fair – list in hand along with cash, cheque book and credit cards LOL

    Comment by summertime75 | September 27, 2011 | Reply

  3. […] visited Miss Ray’s grave last year and was dissapointed at the condition and equally dissapointed that a year […]

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