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?'

What the Public Buy – The Register (Adelaide, SA) – 1907

What the Public Buy.

Asked what were most popular among collectors, a young lady presiding over the postcard department in a busy Adelaide shop unhesitatingly replied “Actresses.” It will be news to many that Gabrielle Ray is the favourite stage beauty of the moment, and then come the Dare sisters. The undeniably beautiful Marie Studholme had a wonderful reign and has still plenty of admirers. She is photographed in hundreds of poses and costumes, but generally with the same facial expression, and people are beginning to get accustomed to it. When about 400 variations of her beaming countenance had been issued an English retailer was moved, not unkindly, to compose the following lines, “To a picture postcard” :-


In every paper that I see,

From all the shops I daily pass,

Your smile is ever haunting me,

And getting on my nerves, alas

Oh how I long to see your face

In some repose, however strange,

Ah, rest your dimples for a space

And frown sweet damsel for a change.


Strange to say, scarcely any enquiries are made at the shop for actors. Mere man in his sombre garb has been completely eclipsed by the brightly costumed and bejewelled queens of the theatre and music hall.


The Register (Adelaide, SA ) Saturday 16th February 1907

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