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 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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April 13, 2012 - Posted by | Actress, Deltiology, Gabrielle Ray, Social History, The Orchid, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , ,

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  1. […] 1901 Pauline Chase scandalised American audiences when she appeared in a clinging pair of pink pyjamas as Kathleen Gay […]

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  2. […] pair of pink pyjamas as Kathleen Gay in “The Liberty Belles”in 1901 whilst Miss Gabrielle Ray “appeared in pink pyjamas and danced in them, every young man’s head was awhirl” when she appeared as “Thisbe” in “The Orchid” in 1903 and of course I […]

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