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 – The Dundee Evening Telegraph – Monday 20th October 1919

“THE POSTCARD QUEEN.”

Famous Musical Comedy Beauty

To Return to the Stage.

 

The return of a one-time famous musical comedy beauty to the stage is marked by the announcement that Miss Gabrielle Ray will take the part of principal girl at the Princess Theatre, Bradford, this Christmas.

The return of this noted beauty after an absence of several years is likely one of the great events of this year’s pantomime season.

Miss Ray was married under romantic circumstances on March 1, 1912, at Windsor to Mr Eric Raymond Loder, son of the late Alfred Loder, and grandson of the late Sir Robert Loder, Bart.

The marriage ended in the Divorce Court in July of the following year, when Mrs Loder petitioned for restitution of conjugal rights. It was then disclosed that her husband had left her in the January previous, and had not answered her appeal that he should return.

Miss Ray during her career earned the title “The Postcard Queen,” her great beauty being responsible for unprecedented sales of cards picturising her in various poses. It is authentically recorded that one company alone sold between seven and ten millions of her pictures.

Miss Gabrielle Ray, who is her 34th year, made her stage debut as a child of ten at the old Princess’ Theatre. She was associated with many of Mr George Edwardes’ biggest successes, reaching the zenith popularity in the scene at Maxim’s “The Merry Widow.”

 

The Dundee Evening Telegraph – Monday 20th October 1919

 

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