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?'

Jose Collins – The Merry Widow

Jose Collins

During the early days of Jose Collins (23rd May 1887 – 6th December 1958) career she briefly appeared in The Merry Widow. George Edwards sent for her and asked her to take the place of a girl who had gone down with laryngitis. It was a case of learning a difficult song and dance that day and appearing the same night. Jose Collins did it, and made a success. On the second evening she again “got away with it”, and then the blow fell. As she was leaving the theatre, she was told that the song was to be cut and that beautiful Gabrielle Ray was going to speak the few words of dialogue.


  • Forbes-Winslow, D. (1944) “Daly’s The Biography of a Theatre”, W. H. Allen, London. (p 145)

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