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 (Philco 3469 A)

Gabrielle Ray as “Frou Frou” in “The Merry Widow” 1907 (Philco 3469 A)

The Merry Widow (Philco 3469 A)

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September 29, 2015 Posted by | Actress, Deltiology, Gabrielle Ray, Philco, Social History, The Merry Widow, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Gabrielle Ray – Stockport Heritage Magazine – Autumn 1994

 

My thanks to Steve Cliffe, Publisher/ Editor Stockport Heritage Magazine for allowing me to post this article by Sharza Denthick

The Merry Widow (Rotary 4869 B)

The Merry Widow (Rotary 4869 I)

Gabrielle Ray (J. Beagles 1135)

 

September 25, 2015 Posted by | Actress, Biography, Gabrielle Ray, Social History, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Lady Madcap – 1904 – 1905

“Lady Madcap” ran from 17th December 1904 for 354 performances at the Prince of Wales Theatre, London until 25th November 1905. During the run Miss Ray played the part of “Susan,” Lady’s Maid to “Lady Betty Clarridge.” The Bystander, 22nd  November 1905 shows that she also took the title role of “Lady Betty Clarridge.”

New Musical Play Succeeds

London, Dec. 17 – “Lady Madcap,” a new musical play by Nownham Davis and Paul Rubens, with which George Edwardes opened his season at the Prince of Wales theatre tonight, scored a notable success. Maurice Farkoa, G. P. Huntley and Aubrey Fitzgerald, on their first appearance since their return from the United States, were received with enthusiasm.

The Salt Lake Tribune, 18th December 1904.

Lady Madcap finished its career at the Prince of Wales’s on Saturday (25th November 1915) after 354 performances.

The Stage, 30th November 1905

 

September 23, 2015 Posted by | Actress, Gabrielle Ray, Lady Madcap, Plays, Social History, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Gabrielle Ray ( A 307 – 4)

Gabrielle Ray ( A. 307 - 4)

September 23, 2015 Posted by | Actress, Deltiology, Gabrielle Ray, Social History, Uncategorized | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Lily Elsie (Rotary 11533 F)

Lily Elsie (Rotary 11533 F)

September 23, 2015 Posted by | Actress, Deltiology, Gabrielle Ray, Lily Elsie, Rotary, Social History, The Dollar Princess, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Gabrielle Ray – Graham Loton – 1983

Gabrielle Ray - Graham Loton - 1983

My thank to Graham Loton for he use of his article written in 1983 to commemorate the centenary of Miss Ray’s birth. The images from this copy aren’t very clear, I have therefore added links to the respective cards.

The Orchid (J. Beagles 1422)

The Lady Dandies (Rotary 4447 C)

 

 

 

 

September 21, 2015 Posted by | Actress, Biography, Deltiology, Gabrielle Ray, Social History, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Sinbad the Sailor – The Stage – 1899

Sinbad the Sailor - The Stage -  14th December 1899

September 18, 2015 Posted by | Actress, Gabrielle Ray, Pantomimes, Sinbad the Sailor, Social History, The Stage, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Betty – The Stage – 1915

Betty – Daly’s Theatre – 1915

September 18, 2015 Posted by | Actress, Betty, Daly's Theatre, Gabrielle Ray, Social History, The Stage, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Remembering Miss Gabrielle Ray

Gabrielle Ray, born in Cheadle, Stockport, was a stage actress, dancer and singer, best known for her roles in Edwardian musical comedies. She became one of the most photographed women in the world and her photograph was much sought after by popular publications and leading photographers of the day. Gaiety Girl Gabrielle Ray was considered one of the most beautiful actresses on the London stage and her career flourished throughout the early 1900s. Unfortunately, she struggled with depression and her health declined through alcohol abuse. In 1936, she suffered a breakdown and spent almost 40 years in institutions.

Despite Ray’s story ending in such grave sadness, she was a wonderful woman and an inspiration. To learn more about her life, her career and the wonderful costumes she would wear visit Stockport Central Library and the bright lights of Edwardian theatre shows in ‘Remembering Miss Gabrielle Ray’!

Stockport Central Library

24th October 2013

September 17, 2015 Posted by | Actress, Biography, Gabrielle Ray, Social History, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Lady Madcap – Music score cover

Lady Madcap - Music score cover

September 17, 2015 Posted by | Actress, Gabrielle Ray, Lady Madcap, Social History, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment