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 – Dundee People’s Journal – 1914

Miss Gabrielle Ray Deserted


Well known actress gets divorced

The London Divorce Court was crowded when the suit of Miss Gabrielle Elizabeth Loder, for the dissolution of her marriage with her husband, Mr Eric Loder, was heard before Mr Justice Bargrave Deane. The petitioner is the well known musical comedy actress, Miss Gabrielle Ray, and Mr Loder did not put in a defence. A restitution decree was granted to Mrs Loder in July last by Mr Justice Bucknell. Mr Justice Bargrave Deane now pronounced a decree nisi for the dissolution of the marriage.

The petitioner was represented by Mr Barnard, K.C; in front of whom she sat whilst he was briefly outlining her case.

Mr Barnard said the petitioner was married in May 1912 at St. Edward’s Church, Windsor to Mr Raymond Loder. They lived together down till February 1913, when Mrs Loder’s husband left her. The result was that the wife communicated with him, and on the 14th of March 1913 she presented a petition for the restitution of conjugal rights. In that suit the whole of the facts were gone into, and letters were read, and a decree of restitution was granted. The decree was served on the 31st of July 1913, but the husband had not complied.

Mr Loder Watched,

With regard to the misconduct, it appeared that Mr Loder was watched during April, and on the night of the 1st May he was watched.

He was seen to go to the Great Western Hotel, Paddington, with a lady, and he stayed at the hotel for the night. Detectives who followed him saw him go into the hotel and enter his name in the hotel register. The detectives tried to get a bedroom in the hotel, but they were unable to, and consequently they watched. They saw Mr Loder and the lady leave the hotel next morning, and from evidence which would be given there could be no doubt what took place between them. As regard the hotel, Mr Barnard added that an effort had been made to get information from the hotel, but so far the hotel had not given it. They had subpoenaed someone from the hotel.

Mrs Loder then entered the witness-box. She quickly ran up the steps to the box and gave her evidence in subdued tones. Occasionally there was a little emotion in her voice, but she was quite self-possessed during the short period she was answering the questions of her counsel.

Mr Barnard submitted to her the register of the Paddington hotel, and she identified the signature “Mr and Mrs Loder” as that of her husband. Soon afterwards and before the case had concluded, Mrs Loder, with her solicitor, left the Court.

Evidence was the given as to Mr Loder and a lady being at the Paddington hotel.

Mr Loder and a lady entered the hotel, and a witness said he followed them. He heard Mr Loder ask for a room, and saw him sign the hotel register.

His Lordship granted a decree nisi, with costs.

Dundee People’s Journal – Saturday 25 July 1914

November 8, 2016 - Posted by | Actress, Biography, Divorce, Eric Loder, Gabrielle Ray, Social History, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , ,

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