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?'

Iris Loder – The Tatler – Wednesday 26th July 1922

Mrs Eric Loder and her daughter Pamela, sadly Pamela died at the age of 20, Iris and Eric Loder were divorced in 1928

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Little Bradford Mites on a London Stage

Little Bradford Mites on a London Stage

 A Brief and Joyous Sequel to Pantomime.

London, Tuesday Night.

Following Miss Gabrielle Ray through a labyrinth of passages behind the scenes at the Palladium, this afternoon, I came upon a sight which seldom meets the eye in a theatre.

Ten little girls were busily munching buns and drinking tea.

They were some of the little ones who did so well in the Bradford Prince’s Theatre pantomime that Miss Ray has brought them to London, partly as a treat, and here they are winning hearts at the Palladium, as they did in Bradford.

You have not much time to spare when you are “working” at the Palladium. There is a matinee every day, and two “houses” a night. So one was not surprised to see the Bradford kiddies feeding away with the make-up on their cheeks.

A merry party they were, shouting and laughing to the distraction of their kind-hearted “matron,” who confessed that her charges are a real handful. Eight of them are “pure Bradford,” born and bred, and have never seen London before. They are staying until Sunday week, they told me in chorus.

“Then where are you going?” I asked. Faces fell. Evidently it is not a popular prospect. The reply was still in chorus, but pianissimo, “Back to Bradford.”

The children are staying in a comfortable hotel, not very far from the theatre, and some of them say they know the way there alone already. In the morning they have to concentrate, as much as they can in their whirl of excitement, upon the awful nuisance of “lessons.” In the afternoon they do their little song and dance, then have tea and then more lessons. In the evening the song and dance come on twice, once at each performance, but by ten o’clock they are in bed.

I believe there was some heart searching when the time came to select from Mr. Francis Laidler’s Bradford troupe of “Sunbeams” who were to come to town; and from what she tells me, Miss Ray had a difficult task in making the choice. The lucky ones are really having a huge treat. They opened big eyes at the sight of so many people; in fact the streets are a source of never ending wonder to them. They are going to be taken to the Zoo, where already in imagination there are all sorts of animals so wonderful that even the Brontosaurus seems as ordinary as the house cat.

And when they get back home? I asked them about that. The little mites seemed rather doleful, for there will be no pantomime. But there is a good deal of philosophy in their little hearts, and they have decided that the only thing to do is look forward to the next one.

 

Yorkshire Evening Post, Wednesday 24th March 1920

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Gabrielle Ray – Western Daily Mercury, Thursday 11th January 1912

Footlight Romances.

 Miss Gabrielle Ray, the heroine of the first footlight romance of the year, is the favourite of a very large public in London. One of the prettiest and daintiest stars of the musical comedy stage, she has danced her way into all hearts in a score of successes. She shared the popularity of Miss Lily Elsie in “The Merry Widow” and “The Dollar Princess” at Daly’s Theatre, and made a great hit in “Peggy,” which ran at the Gaiety most of last year.

Miss Ray has, however a wider claim to distinction than even her popularity in the theatre gives her. She is the most photographed stage beauty of the day, and when the picture postcard craze was at its height far outstripped all rivals as a postcard favourite. One firm of photographers alone stated to have sold over sever million postcards bearing her photograph during the past few years.

The selfish man who is robbing London of yet another of its most popular actresses is Mr. Eric Loder, a grandson of Sir Robert Loder, Bart; and nephew of Mr. G. W. E. Loder, formerly M. P. for Brighton, and Major Eustace Loder, a well known personality on the Turf. He is an enthusiastic motorist, and is a popular figure at Brooklands.

 

Western Daily Mercury, Thursday 11th January 1912

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A Salon of Fair Women – The English Illustrated Magazine – Vol XLV April 1911 to September 1911

Salon of Fragrance and Fair Women – 1911

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Gladys Raymond – The Era – 27th January 1906

Theatrical Gossip.

A slight accident happened at the Theatre Royal, Hull, on Monday night to Miss Gladys Raymond, who was playing in Mr. J. Bannister Howard’s pantomime Aladdin. Upon making her entrance at the end of the trap scene, she fell through the vamp trap, which was about to be secured. She escaped with one or two bruises and a severe shock, but was able to resume her part.

The Era – 27th January 1906

Gladys Raymond – The Stage, Chit Chat – 25th January 1906

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The Actors’ Orphanage Fete – The Tatler – Wednesday 6th July 1910

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Gabrielle Ray – The Tatler – Wednesday 1st July 1908

Gabrielle Ray - The Tatler - Wednesday 1st July 1908This shows Miss Ray with Gertie Millar, Marie Lloyd can also be seen here with her husband.

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Gabrielle Ray – The Tatler – 30th July 1913

Gabrielle Ray - The Tatler - 30th July 1913

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“Our Nights Were Gay” – W. Macqueen-Pope – Britannia and Eve – 1st February 1952

“Our Nights Were Gay”

W. Macqueen-Pope

On that first night of The Orchid a little wisp of sun kissed thistledown floated on to the stage, all demure in a gown of Quaker grey and announced that she was “the Minister’s Private Secretary.” She had a thin little pipe of a voice – but distinct diction, as they all had – but that did not matter. For she danced, and how she danced, it was a summer wind across a cornfield – a strip of gossamer floating on a zephyr. And up would go a long, slim leg in a high kick and every man’s heart throbbed. She had a halo of real golden hair which surmounted the prettiest face possible – a girl cupid’s face right off a magazine cover or a chocolate box – and her name was Gabrielle Ray. She became the most photographed actress which even the Gaiety had known … and many of those old photographs are treasured to-day.

Gabrielle Ray knew her singing limitations. She always complained when given a song with three or four verses. She knew that however well she learned it, all but the first verse and chorus would be cut. It always was. But what of that? It was the dance and the beauty that mattered. And when, in pink pyjamas, she announced that she was a lovely little lady to adore – young men nearly got crushed to death at the stage door – just to see her …

Britannia and Eve – Friday, 1st February 1952

 

 

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The Sketch – 6th March 1912 (Marriage)

The Sketch - 6th March 1912 (Marriage)

Married to Miss Gabrielle Ray on Friday last: Mr. Eric Loder.

Miss Gabrielle Ray and Mr. Eric Loder were to have been married on Thursday last, but at the eleventh hour the wedding was postponed, owing to the indisposition of the bride. It took place next day, at Windsor.

The Sketch – 6th March 1912

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