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?'

Major and Mrs Eric Loder with the Duke and Duchess of Windsor – 1941



Major Loder was formally married to Gabrielle Ray in 1912, later divorced in 1915, then Lady Iris Lawson in 1920 until their divorce in 1928. He married his third wife, Eleanor Curran in 1932.

During their frequent trips around Europe they became friendly with the Windsor’s (Wallis Simpson and the Duke of Windsor) The Montreal Gazzette, 27th December 1937 reported that “The Windsor’s called Christmas afternoon at the Villa of Major and Mrs Eric Loder near Juan les Pins and had tea in the garden overlooking the sea”

When the Windsor’s lived in America the FBI were charged with the responsibility of monitoring their contacts as both were suspected of being Nazi sympathisers. It had been reported by the British government to the F.B.I. because of this that the Government had refused to allow Edward to marry Mrs Simpson and remain on the throne in the interest of the morale of the British people. They claim that the Duke is in such a state of intoxication most of the time that he is virtually non compos mentis.

It seems that the F.B.I. suspected that the Duchess could have been transferring messages to her German friends via her dry cleaning and that her dentist would need to be check on her dentist whom she visited in the Bahamas as well as the people they spoke to.

The Windsor’s attended a cocktail party at 3:00 P.M on April 20, 1941 hosted by Mrs. Hugh Dillman in their honour at their home in Palm Beach, Florida, a record of all the guests attending was recorded including Mr. and Mrs. Eric Loder with Miss Pamela Loder, Mr Loder’s daughter. No history of the guests was obtained as they were “people of Palm Beach of prominence who would not have had an opportunity otherwise to see the Duke and Duchess of Windsor.”

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Gabrielle Ray (Tuck G 807)

Gabrielle Ray (Tuck G 807)

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The Orchid (Philco 3274 F)

The Orchid (Philco 3274 F)

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Gabrielle Ray / Leslie Barker – The Penistone, Stocksbridge and Hoyland Express – Saturday 19th June 1920



Gabrielle Ray, long a idol of the Gaiety under the George Edwardes regime, is to visit the Hippodrome next week, in a series of artistic musical scenes. A group of dainty child artistes and Leslie Barker are Ray’s able support. For years Miss Ray has been a picture postcard best seller, and her good looks are still the envy and despair of the fair sex. The famous Westminster Singers are also announced, and music-loving Sheffield is in for a vocal treat. Author of “The Whitest Man I Know” and other Klondike recitations, Milton Hayes has a new budget of old and new favourites in this field of entertainment. The charming Anglo-French entertainer, Melita Dolores, in songs and dances; Chas. Grantley, the erratic comedian; 3 Bros. Huxter, comedy tumblers; and the Two Tomboys, amazing girl knockabout acrobats, will complete a splendid programme.


The Penistone, Stocksbridge and Hoyland Express – Saturday 19th June 1920


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Gabrielle Ray – Divorce – The Belfast Weekly Telegraph – Saturday 2nd August 1913






LONDON. Monday, – Mrs. Gabrielle Elizabeth Clifford Loder, better known as Miss  Gabrielle Ray, the musical comedy actress, her husband, Mr. Eric Raymond Loder.

The case came before Mr: Justice Bucknill on an undefended suit and ended in a decree being made.

Mr. Barnard, K.C., who appeared for the petitioner, said the marriage took place on 1st March, 1912 at St. Edward’s Church, Windsor, and after the marriage the parties lived together at The Cottage, Goring-on-Thames and also at 18 Wellington Court, Knightsbridge. The marriage for some time was happy one, but they had a mutual friend, a lady, who had been a great friend to them and at times the husband objected to her, while at other times he was perfectly friendly. On 13th January, the husband left his wife. She saw him on the 10th February. There was no quarrel or difference except on that question. He requested that his letters should be seat to his club. The wife, as her husband did not return to her, on the 7th March wrote the following letter to her I husband:-

Dearest Eric – I am writing you once more as I want you to know I have given up – (the lady in question.) I am feeling desperately miserable and want you, my husband so badly. “Jock” misses his old master, I know, and wonders if he will ever see him again. Thank you for the flowers you sent on anniversary of our wedding, but you cannot think how it all hurts, but I suppose it is your way, and I cannot and never will understand this side of you. – Your wife, Gabs.

Mr. Barnard asked leave to omit the name the lady mentioned in the letter, to which his Lordship assented.

The wife, added counsel, received no answer to that letter, and she sent to her husband at his club on the 10th March a further letter which ran:-

Dearest Eric – Why no reply to my letter of last Friday? Surely you might have written. I now write once more asking you to return to me. – Yours. Gabs.

There was no answer to that letter.

The petitioner, who wore a black costume with a white frilled ruche and a black velvet hat, then entered the witness-box. After taking the oath she burst into tears.

In reply to counsel, she said was married to Mr. Eric Raymond Loder on 1st March, 1912, at St. Edward’s Church, Windsor.

And was the marriage one of affection on your part? – Yes.

Did you believe at the time that it was on your husband’s part? – Yes.

After the marriage, continued the petitioner, she and her husband lived together at The Cottage, Goring-on-Thames, and afterwards at 18 Wellington Court, Knightsbridge. Her husband went to Scotland on 13th January this year, and that was the last time she had lived with him. On the 10th February last she saw him again.

Did you live happily with your husband? – Yes.

I believe you both had a mutual friend who was a lady? – Yes.

And at times did your husband object to that lady? – Yes.

At other times was he very friendly with her? – Yes.

The Petitioner, proceeding, said on 7th March last her husband not having returned to her house she wrote the letter which counsel had read. She posted the letter to her husband, and she got no answer to it; and on the 10th March she wrote the second letter, which was handed to her solicitor for delivery at her husband’s club. She got no answer to that letter, and then she commenced the present proceedings.

Mr. Arthur Knapp. Solicitor’s clerk, gave evidence as to the letters being duly sent to the respondent at his club. It was arranged that both letters should be sent to the respondent’s solicitors who had signed an acknowledgement of the receipt of them.

On this his lordship granted the petitioner a decree of restitution of conjugal rights.


The Belfast Weekly Telegraph – Saturday 2nd August 1913

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Gabrielle Ray (Philco 3337 B)

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Ellen Terry Jubilee – The Westminster Gazette – Tuesday 12th June 1906





To-day the admirers of Miss Ellen Terry celebrated the jubilee of her appearance on the stage by a performance at Drury Lane Theatre which seemed to those whose recollections were long to outdo in enthusiasm all such benefits as they remember. For thirty hours in some cases they had waited to be present at the performance, and they greeted the rising of the curtain with an enthusiasm in which there was no evidence of weariness.



Long before one reached the theatre signs of the consuming public interest which is taken in the Ellen Terry Matinee made themselves apparent. Drury-lane was lined with spectators from an early hour assembled to watch the notables arrive. By cab, carriage, motor – brougham, and on foot, they came thick and fast from twelve o’clock onwards, till those who watched them must have wondered how even Old Drury’s capacious walls could accommodate them all. Yet in point of fact, the performance was well on before all the seats within were occupied. Doubtless there were those who realised that there is a good deal of the cut-and-come-again character about an entertainment beginning at 12.30, while some may even have been prosaic enough to consider the claims of lunch. But it was a gigantic audience which eagerly awaited the strains of the overture, conducted by Mr. J. M. Glover (without whom no Drury Lane entertainment of any kind could possibly be regarded as complete), and for some at least the accommodation available proved quite limited enough. Representatives of the Press were “rovers” on this occasion; but the term soon acquired a satirical flavour to those who, wedged at the back of a densely crowded gangway (in defiance of all the County Council’s benevolent regulations), strove in vain to catch a glimpse through a maze of matinee millinery of so much as a corner of the stage. But nobody minded under the circumstances. The great thing was to be there, and the predominant thought of one and all was to do honour to the heroine of the hour.

The programme began punctually to time with a song from Mr. Fragson, which was followed by a recitation by Mrs. Patrick Campbell, who delivered in characteristic style a fragment from “For the Crown.” These were the hors d’oeuvre, so to speak, of the banquet proper, a more substantial instalment of which followed promptly with the trial scene from “Trial by Jury,” introducing a host of popular players and other notable folk, whom it would take far too much time to specify here in full. Enough that Mr. Rutland Barrington was the Judge, Mr. Courtice Pounds the Defendant, Mr. H. A Lytton Counsel for the Plaintiff, Mr. Walter Passmore the Usher, Miss Fanny Brough the Associate’s Wife, Miss Ruth Vincent the Plaintiff, and Mr. W. S. Gilbert himself the Associate. Then among the jury were such eminent folk as Sir F. C. Burnand, Sir A. Conan Doyle, Mr. Anthony Hope. Captain Robert Marshall (Foreman), and many more of equal note, and admirable was the gusto with which they discharged their functions. In the seats by counsel figured Mr. Sidney Grundy, Mr. Martin Harvey, Mr. Hawtrey, and others. The bridesmaids, headed by Miss Phyllis Broughton, included Miss Kate Cutler, Miss Gertie Millar, Miss Decima Moore, Miss Louie Pounds, Miss Gabrielle Ray, and others famed for their charm and beauty, while elsewhere in Court were to be seen such famous representatives of the “legitimate” drama as Mrs. Bernard Beere, Miss Jessie Millward, Miss Florence St. John, Miss Lottie Venne, and many more. And never, be it added, did the scene go better, so that even Mr. Gilbert, critical as he is, must have been satisfied with the performance, at the close of which, be it added, Mr. Gilbert came in for a special round of applause at the hands of one and all, both on the stage and off it, as he was led forward to the footlights.

Then came a scene from “Le Marriage Force,” in which the two Coquelins appeared, and after this the eagerly-anticipated Tableaux Vivants, which fully realised all expectations which had been aroused concerning them. Particularly applauded were “Cinderella” of Miss Ellaline Terriss, Sir L Alma Tadema’s “Rival Beauty” (Miss Constance Collier and Miss Edna May), and the “Blessed Damozel” of Mr. Byam Shaw (Miss Jessie Bacon, Miss Muriel Beaumont, Miss Julia Neilson, and others); but all were so good it is hardly fair to particularise.

Miss Terry herself arrived at the theatre shortly before two and received a great ovation from the crowd outside as she passed in on her way to dress for her scene from “Much Ado.”

For quite one hour before and a good half-hour after the time fixed for the commencement of the programme the scene in the vestibule of the theatre was one of animation. Here were many members of the reception committee, as well as the ladies who were selling programmes, and all were kept busy in looking after the early arrivals, who, in spite of holding reserved tickets, were anxious to be among the first to take their seats. Programmes – or rather Souvenirs – were being sold at five shillings, with any additional sum that the purchaser might choose to give; and among those who were acting as saleswomen were Miss Amy Ravenscroft, Miss Ada Webster, Miss Mabel Love, Miss Jessie Ferrar, Miss Daisy Cordell, Miss Enid Spencer Brunton, Miss Hutin Britten, Miss Vera Beringer, Miss Esme Beringer, Miss May Beringer, Miss Inez Bensusan, Miss Roxy Barton, and Mrs. Cheatte.

Among the many well-known seat-holders who came either before or after the start were Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Lady Maud Warrender, Lady Clarke-Jervoise, Mr. Edgar Speyer, Sir Edmund Moss, Lo r d Glenesk, the Countess of Ellesmere, Lord Burnham, Lord Londesborough, Lord Tennyson, Sir Ernest Cassel, Sir Douglas Straight, Lady Wyndham, Lady Cooke, Lady Redwood, and Lady Crichton.


The Westminster Gazette – Tuesday 12th June 1906


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The Dollar Princess – 1909



The Dollar Princess is a musical in three acts by A.M. Willner and Fritz Grünbaum , adapted into English by Basil Hood (from the 1907 Die Dollarprinzessin),

with music by Leo Fall and lyrics by Adrian Ross. It opened in London at Daly’s Theatre on 25 September 1909, running for 428 performances.

 British Musical Theatre

I wouldn’t normally buy a musical score but the cover looked amazing and Miss Ray is shown in the cast as Daisy

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