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?'

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

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Lady Madcap – Music score cover

Lady Madcap - Music score cover

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An Eternal Waltz – The Times – 1912

An Eternal Waltz - The Times - Thursday 1st February 1912

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