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?'

Gabriel Ray – The Stage – Thursday 9th September 1920

HERE, THERE, & EVERYWHERE

By BERT LEVY

 

London, Monday, Sept. 6

Fate took me this evening to the first show at the Woolwich Hippodrome, where I enjoyed the ability of Tom Stuart. Tom is the Captain Bairnsfather of the variety halls, for some of his concert types are just as true to life and as likeable as Bairnsfather’s “Old Bill,” “Alf” and “Bert” are on the printed page. Stuart would do well in America, for there is hardly a city in the U.S.A. whose audiences would not scream at his cock-eyed semi pickled tenor or his pompous baritone, while the Italian study he does would alone put him (Stuart) over. While waiting for Tom to appear I had a pleasant surprise in Mollie Butler on second, but worthy of a star spot. Dear Miss Butler, I am on old music-hall reporter, and I have flattered myself that I was immune to the “dying child” stuff that is about done to death. But you “got me” with that little French recitation so quietly and so simply done, and you have a real tear in your voice as well as in your eye. To sum it up, you speak like a cultured girl. I enjoyed your work, and hope to see you again.

Back to town in time to see part of the show at the Palladium. Laughed heartily at Jack Pleasants and thoroughly enjoyed Gabriel Ray, whose dainty act goes to prove that cleanliness and sweetness is a marketable vaudeville commodity. I chatted for some time with Gabriel in her dressing-room, and found her just as nice “off” as “on.” The one thing I particularly admired about Miss Ray is her humane treatment of the children in her act. All the little tots love their leading lady, and they look forward to their nightly summons to her room to have the finishing touches put to their make-up by Miss Ray herself. From the dressing-room I heard the big applause finish of the Pounds Sister’ act, but missed the opportunity see Lorna and Toots work.

The Stage – Thursday 9th September 1920

 

 

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Gabriel Ray – Scottish Referee – Monday 19th September 1904

 

 

In the course of my business, I see very many papers, some of them heavily illustrated. I mention the fact as a prelude to entering an emphatic protest against the condemnable persistence with which the editor men are printing portraits of Miss Gabriel Ray, a lady of the Gaiety. Miss Ray, I am delighted to admit, is an attractive looking girl – most attractive, in fact – a gem, in short, of purest Ray serene but that is no reason why the thing should he overdone in this maddening fashion. Presently there will be money for the editor who is able to advertise that his celebrated weekly contains not a single photograph of Miss Gabriel Ray. The X-ray in the zenith of its notoriety never received publicity of the kind that is coming the way of the other Ray.

 

Scottish Referee – Monday 19th September 1904

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