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?'

Eleanor Curran – Berkeley Daily Gazette – 1934

Eric Loder – Pittsburgh Post Gazette – 1931

Sir Mortimer Barnett Davis marriage to Eleanor Curran is interesting, in 1898 he married Henriette Marie Meyer, a young woman from a well-to-do San Francisco family. They had a son, Mortimer Davis, who was born in 1901. A second child apparently died at birth. In the years that followed, they adopted her nephew Philip, who took the name Philip Meyer Davis. At the beginning of the 1920s, when he was in his fifties, Davis is believed to have fallen in love with a beautiful young woman of very modest background, Eleanor Curran. He decided to seek a divorce, which led to lengthy negotiations and a settlement requiring him to pay his wife more than $1 million. According to some sources, in order to enhance the social standing of his beloved, he arranged for a brief marriage between her and an Italian count. After they were both divorced, Davis was then able to marry the Countess Moroni in 1924.


March 22, 2012 - Posted by | Actress, Eleanor Curran, Eric Loder, Gabrielle Ray, Social History, Uncategorized | , , , , , , ,

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