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 – Actor’s Orphanage Fund – The Westminster Gazette – Wednesday 29th June 1910




A great company of bright people was to be seen yesterday at the Botanic Gardens, when the annual “theatrical garden-party” was held in aid of the Actors’ Orphanage Fund. It was a very gay afternoon.

Many very well-known and very popular actors and actresses worked hard all the time in aid of the charity they desired to help. Miss Winifred Emery ran an ice-cream tent; Miss Lilian Braithwaite and Miss Ethel Irving dispensed strawberries and cream; Miss Lena Ashwell, Miss Eva Moore, and Miss Constance Collier conducted the “Lake Tea Chalet”; Miss Erie Greene, Miss Ruth Vincent, Miss Isabel Jay, and Miss Louie Pounds were among the ladies who sold picture postcards and other portraits; Miss Pauline Chase, Miss Gertie Millar, Miss Gabrielle Ray, Mr. Gerald du Maurier, and Mr. Henry Ainley looked after the fortunes of a shooting-gallery; Miss Marie Lohr sold roses.

Some particularly hard, work was accomplished, too, at “The National Memorial Theatre within the grounds,” where Mr. Cyril Maude played the villain in an entirely new and enchanting melodrama of real life, in four acts – a “timorous, terrifying tincture of tragedy” – entitled “The Pick of Oakham, or the Girl with the Bad Habit.” Mr. Maude was certainly supported by a company as strong as the melodrama, the members including Miss Maidie Hope, Miss Hilda Trevelyan, Mr. E. M. Robson, Mr. Kenneth Douglas, Mr. Lennox Pawle, Mr. Harry Nicholls, and Mr. Lionel Rignold. Lord George Grossmith, jun.’s, Imperial Circus was still more wildly funny. Mr. Edmund Payne led a strenuous life while it lasted under his “management.” And an immense amount of labour was cheerfully carried out by the celebrated “Water Rats,” who gave a continuous performance.

There were also hair-dressing and hat-trimming competitions, judged by Mrs. George Alexander, and an exhilarating cricket match between actors and actresses, captained respectively by Mr. Charles Hawtrey and Miss Vane Featherstone.


The Westminster Gazette – Wednesday 29th June 1910


February 16, 2020 - Posted by | Actress, Biography, Gabrielle Ray, Social History, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , ,

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