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?'

The Merry Widow – The Times – 1909

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The Orchid (Philco 3274 F)

The Orchid (Philco 2064 A)

Macqueen-Pope wrote that when Miss Ray appeared in pink pyjamas and danced in them, every young man’s head was awhirl [i]. Two years earlier, in 1901 Pauline Chase scandalised American audiences when she appeared in a clinging pair of pink pyjamas as Kathleen Gay in “The Liberty Belles”. Several years later audiences were still shocked when in 1914 Billy Burke in “Jerry” wore pink pyjamas and a pair of heeled slippers. “She flounced into bed and out of bed with wriggling agility” [ii] . The pink pyjamas were not only an exquisite creation with the wearer looking bewitchingly beautiful in them but they represented a touch of daring daintiness designed to enhance the role and excite the audience.

References;

[i]  Macqueen-Pope, W. (1949) “Gaiety – Theatre of Enchantment”, W. H.  Allen, London. (p 390)

[ii] Berlanstein, L; Schweitzer, M; Stowell, S; (2012) “Staging Fashion 1880 – 1920, Jane Harding, Lily Elsie, Billy Burke” Yale University Press, New Haven / London (85 – 86)

 

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Eric Loder – The New York Times – 1944

Eric Loder – St Petersburg Times – 1944

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