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?'

Gabrielle Ray – The Tatler – 1915

Gabrielle Ray - The Tatler - 1st December 1915

Returns.

And as the war seems to have brought back to the stage a kind of rejuvenation of simple, irresponsible things, so, too, it has brought back old favourites whom the playgoing world adored years – well, the days of peace do seem like years and years ago. Lily Elsie in Mavourneen shows us that she is just as adorably sweet and dainty as ever; and Gabrielle Ray in Betty proves once more that, in spite of the strenuous style of the successful American revue artist, her kind of spoilt-child, wayward, careless, but distinctly personal charm is just as potent as ever.

The Tatler, 1st December 1915

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Betty – The Graphic – 1915

Betty - The Graphic - 6th November 1915

“Betty”

The return of Miss Gabrielle ray to the stage gives a new interest to “Betty” at Daly’s, where she plays Estelle. She has lost none of her old charm in her retirement from public life. Mr. Donald Calthorp still plays the wayward young earl, and in Mr. Huntley’s absence Mr. Tom Walls as Lord Playne, gets many a laugh with his droll drawl. The title-role of “Betty” remains in the charming keeping of Miss Barnes.

The Graphic, 6th November 1915

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Flying Colours – The Illustrated London News – 1916

Flying Colours - The Illustrated London News - 23rd September 1916

“Flying Colours,” at the Hippodrome.

The Hippodrome management has made a change in its chief comedian. In place of Mr. Harry Tate there comes Little Tich, figuring in a variety of disguises – now a jockey, now a toreador, now a Spanish dame – with plenty of occasions for drollery. Spain has its share in the scenario and a very beautiful background against which Mr. Bertrum Wallis sings a ballad in his best style. A dancing carnival provides an even more picturesque spectacle, though for popularity it will be run close by a most humorous and realistic trench-sketch, invented by Captain Bairnsfather and Mr. Macdonald Hastings, and produced quite in the sprit of the soldier-artist’s famous drawings. For the rest, we get an all – too – brief glimpse of Miss Gabrielle Ray, and some most spirited dancing from Netta Rianza.

The Illustrated London News – 23rd September 1916

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Flying Colours – The Sketch – 1916

London is glad to welcome Miss Gabrielle Ray back to the stage, the scene for her of many former triumphs. As a musical-comedy actress she had the distinction of being one of the most photographed of stage beauties. Now she has gone into revue, and, as our illustrations show, has lost none of her charm. In Flying Colours at the Hippodrome, she takes the part of the Milliner Maid in the Fashion Parade scene, and joins Little Tich (as the Manager) in a highly successful duet, “I Didn’t Believe You,” and another song, with chorus of milliners. In the Riding School,” she appears as the Poodle Clown.

The Sketch, 11th October 1916

Mr De Courville, writing in the Daily Mirror, “The Morning’s Gossip,” 2nd September 1916 asks the question, “has anyone seen Miss Gabrielle Ray’s poodle dog? Well, you will all be asking the question presently.”

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Stepping stones to beauty – The Tatler – 1916

Stepping stones to beauty _ The Tatler - 12th January 1916

Stepping Stones to Beauty (Rotary B.65-2)

This Palmolive advertisement was based on a Rotary postcard produced for The Sketch in 1915

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Betty – The Sketch – 1915

Betty - The Sketch - 20th October 1915

A MUSICAL-COMEDY FAVOURITE RETURNING TO THE STATE A “SKETCH” INTERVIEW WITH MISS GABRIELLE RAY

The Sketch 20th October 1915

It was announced recently that Miss Gabrielle Ray, that popular musical-comedy actress and dancer, had decided to return to the scene of her former triumphs, the London stage. London, naturally, was very glad to hear the news. Miss Ray is due to appear on Wednesday of this week (October 20) in Betty at Daly s, whose highly successful run gives no sign of flagging. Her new part is that of Estelle the Court dressmaker’s head model, hitherto played by Miss Mabel Sealby. The latter, it may be mentioned, is joining the cast of the new piece at the Adelphi. Several new numbers are being introduced into “Betty,” along with Miss Gabrielle Ray’s appearance in the piece. Our readers will recall that she retired from the stage at the end of 1911. In a recent interview she said “Going back to Daly’s Theatre is almost like returning home after a long absence. The risk that I may be forgotten makes me nervous, but I have not forgotten the theatre, and I have not forgotten how to dance.”– [Photographs exclusive to The Sketch.” by Foulsham & Banfield Ltd.]

Unfortunately the page isn’t complete but the pictures in the article are as follows;

Gabrielle Ray (Rotary A.1103 – 4)

“A Naiad-like attitude. Miss Ray in a rural retreat.”

Gabrielle Ray (Rotary A.1104-4)

“I have not forgotten how to dance.”

Gabrielle Ray (Rotary A 296 – 1)

“The face at the window.”

Gabrielle Ray (Rotary B.66-1)

“Types of English beauty: Miss Ray and a very handsome friend.”

Gabrielle Ray (Rotary B.65-1)

“Crossing the brook”

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Betty – The Illustrated Sporting and Dramatic News – 1915

Betty - The Illustrated Sporting and Dramatic News - Saturday 4th December 1915

Miss Gabrielle Ray is here shown as Estelle in Betty at Daly’s Theatre. Estelle was formerly played by Miss Mabel Sealby. Miss Florence Smithson, who was for so long the “Beauty” at Drury Lane Theatre, is returning there on Boxing Day for the new pantomime, “Puss in Hoots.” Miss Marie Blanche was recently acting in “All Scotch” at the Apollo Theatre, and is now appearing in “Samples” the new revue at the Playhouse.

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Betty – The Sketch – 1915

Betty - The Sketch - 10th November 1915

This week it was all musico-dramatic work. The first event was the return to the stage of Miss Gabrielle Ray, who appeared in “Betty,” at Daly’s Theatre, and took the part formerly played by Miss Mabel Sealby– not a very heavy part, perhaps. For the occasion there were new songs, dances, and dresses. Miss Ray has lost none of her charm and skill during her absence from the theatre, and it is almost needless to say her characteristic performance was received with genuine enthusiasm. This is not the only change in “Betty,” for Mr. Lauri de Frece now represents Achille Yotte, and Mr. Tom Walls appears in the place of Mr. G. P. Huntley. I am not going to draw anv comparisons, for, as we all know, comparisons are dangerous to those who make them. The methods of the newcomers differ no little from those of the old, but the result is the same hearty laughter. Who, then, shall say which is the better method Betty herself is still the original Betty that is to say, Miss Winifred Barnes, who is quite delightful and almost irreplaceable quite, so far as I know. And the company still contains the two recruits from the legitimate, Mr. C. M. Lowne and Mr. Donald Calthrop, whose skilful work is of great value.

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Betty – The Graphic – 1916

Betty - The Graphic - 12th February 1916

A charming addition was made to Betty at Daly’s on Monday by the appearance of two Russian dancers, Les Stepanoff, from the opera houses of Moscow and Petrograd. They appear in the third act, and give a very neat exhibition of true Russian ballet-dancing. Some changes have been effected in the play itself, notably at the beginning, for we are now plunged right into the story without the preliminary buttons business. But it all goes with great verve, because the central story is a good one. Miss Barnes and Mr. Donald Calthrop are an ideal pair of lovers-on-the-defensive (always a fascinating role), Mr. Lowne is still the incomparable Duke, Miss Gabrielle Ray is the best Estelle we have had, having lost none of her old insouciance, and Mr. Lauri de Frece is in his element as the dressmaker Jotte. Altogether a charming piece of pretty sentiment, as against the many old guffaws of musical comedy.

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Eric Loder – The Tatler – 1915

Eric Loder - The Tatler - 10th February 1915

Eric Loder – Birmingham Gazette – 1915

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