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 – Merlin Morgan – The Era – Wednesday 5th November 1924


 In Memory of Merlin Morgan,


In memory of the late Merlin Morgan, the composer and musical director, a special matinee will be given the Palladium Sunday, November 9. Well-known artists who have promised to appear include Jose Collins, Gabrielle Ray, Clara Evelyn, Ethel Cadman, Hugh Wakefield, George Graves, Arthur Wontner, Harry Dearth, Harry Welchman, Mark Lester, Herbert Cave, Percy Heming, Evelyn Laye, Blanche Tomlin, Adrienne, Brune, Lilian Davies, Joyce Carey, Ivor Novello, Huntley Wright, George Buck, Thorpe Bates, A. W. Baskcomb, Robert Michaelis, Ivor Foster, the London Welsh Male Choir, and the Daly’s Theatre Orchestra.

Herman Finck, Howard Carr, K. Ernest Irving, and Arthur Wood will share the conducting.


The Era – Wednesday 5th November 1924

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Gabrielle Ray – The Western Evening Herald – Tuesday 15th June 1920






To anyone who has seen her performance it is easy to understand the popularity of Miss Gabrielle Ray, the well-known London musical comedy star. It is quite different from that of the ordinary comedienne. Too often the latter relies on spiciness. There is not a suspicion of that in Miss Ray. She is an artist as well as an artiste, and to this she owes a large measure of her success. Nothing could be more charming than her song “In the day of the crinoline.” Daintily attired in the fashion of that period, she is attended by eight little tots – four wearing poke bonnets and crinolines and four the top hat and garb of the gallants of the day. They make a quaint picture, which wins round upon round of applause. Another pretty number is “Jack o Jingles,” in which a vivacious little maiden is introduced as well as a lovely little Cupid, who shoots arrows at Miss Ray. The latter, who sings and dances with the utmost charm and grace, is assisted by Leslie Barker. He collaborates in a pierrot and pierrotte song, and sings coon and other songs in rare voice. The remainder of the programme maintains a high level, the most notable features being Delvaine’s Marionettes, the Sisters Reeve (comediennes), Marcelle de Vere (the cycling violinist), Maurice (the French card manipulator), the Mezzettis, and Tom Reno.


The Western Evening Herald – Tuesday 15th June 1920

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The Tatler – Wednesday 11th November 1903


Dramatic and Musical Gossip of the Week.

A Charming Dancer. –  Miss Gabrielle Ray as Thisbe at the new Gaiety gives promise of qualifying to win a place in the long roll of famous dancers. She has been five years in musical comedy, having made a beginning as Mamie Clancy in The Belle of New York with a company toured by Mr. Ben Greet. Then followed two years in his Casino Girl company as Dolly Twinkle, the part originated it the Shaftesbury by Miss Marie George. Four years previous to her engagement by Mr. Ben Greet Miss Ray had appeared as a child actress in a drama called Proof at the Elephant and Castle, and several pantomime parts in the provinces followed. A year ago she went to the Gaiety to under study Miss Gertie Millar in The Toreador, and from there went to the Apollo, where she has played Miss Letty Lind’s and Miss Ella Snyder’s parts without suffering by comparison. Miss Ray is neither French nor American as is surmised but comes from Lancashire.

The Tatler – Wednesday 11th November 1903

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The Girl from Kay’s – The Midlothian Advertiser – Friday 16th March 1917

Chatting about her career, Miss Gabrielle Ray, the well-known actress, said that her first chance came when she had been understudying Miss Letty Lind in “The Girl from Kay’s,” and Miss Lind, having to take a holiday, Mr Edwardes said Miss Ray could have her dance, and he would come to the Apollo Theatre to see what she made of it. He sat in back row of the dress circle and watched her come on. She was a complete contrast to Miss Lind, but she walked on with a show of confidence, and in three minutes received a storm of applause, in which, her manager joined.

The Midlothian Advertiser – Friday 16th March 1917

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Gabrielle Ray – Gancia Wine Advertisement – Punch – 11th April 1973

A Remarkable Gift

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Gabrielle Ray – The Royal Magazine, Volume 17, 1906


 A Dark-Eyed Beauty.


Miss Gabrielle Ray was once asked to write a short story and, distrusting her own powers, went to several clever men of her acquaintance and implored their assistance.

But, though some of them were noted after-dinner story-tellers, they one and all proved the dullest of dogs so far as Miss Ray was concerned.

The end of it was she had to write the story herself.

Miss Ray is a sweet girl, but shy with strangers.

She is tender-hearted, too, and once when some children were taken off the stage by an inspector because they were too young for the law’s requirements, she mingled her tears with theirs.


The Royal Magazine, Volume 17, 1906

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Gabrielle Ray – Great Rinking Carnival -The Sporting Life – Friday 26th January 1912




On Wednesday next the great roller rink at Holland Park will be governed by King Carnival. Probably there is no building which is so capable of being decorated in a thoroughly festive style as that at Holland Park, and its easy get-at-ableness from all parts of London – it is passed by many motorbus services, besides being less than a glance from Shepherd’s Bush tube station – makes the matter of travel quite easy. Every taxi driver knows the way there.

Skating starts at 9 p.m., and finishes at 2.30 a.m. on Thursday. The admission 2s. 6d., bd., with ls. extra for skating. Prizes are offered for the three prettiest and the three most original costumes worn by ladies, and for the three most effective costumes worn by gentlemen. The moving picture of colour and beauty, eccentricity and comicality, should make this carnival the centre of attraction; but if that were not sufficient, Mr F. H. Payne, whose experience in providing amusement is second to none, has arranged a list of judges whose presence alone should ensure a large public attendance.

Their names Mdlle. Maria Canni, whose performance as the Madonna in “The Miracle,” another of Mr Payne’s great enterprises, has entranced thousands who have witnessed the remarkable spectacle, the Misses Gertie Millar, Jessie Bateman, Grace Lane, Florence Smithson, Gabrielle Ray, Olive May, Millie Legarde, Constance Drever, Phyllis Dare, Clara Evelyn, Ethel Dane, and Blanche Stocker; and Messrs Edward Royce, Alfred Lester, Geo. Grossmith, Kenneth Douglas, George Graves, and Joseph Coyne. This should be a night of nights.

The Sporting Life – Friday 26th January 1912


Gabrielle Ray – Earl’s Court Carnival – The Music Hall and Theatre Review – Thursday 18th January 1912

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Gabrielle Ray – Wedding – The Express and Telegraph, Saturday, April 13th 1912




Miss Gabrielle Ray, the charming musical comedy actress, provided surprise one day last month, in being quietly married to Mr. Eric Loder at St. Edward’s Roman Catholic Church, Windsor. The ceremony was originally fixed for the previous day, but although the church was decorated and the bridegroom, the priest, the choir, and the organist were ready, there was no wedding because no bride came.

The reason Miss Ray gave to curious enquirers at her London flat for her apparently strange action was that she was too unwell to go through the ceremony. The following morning, however, she had so far recovered as to be able to motor over to Windsor.

No one expected such a sudden recovery, and when the wedding party drove up at 10.30 to Canon Longinotto’s residence not a member of the faithful public was in sight. Mr. Loder lumped out of his car, and, taking Miss Ray’s arm, he led her into the house.

 Choir Boys Sent For.

The decision to be married that morning seemed to have been arrived at very rapidly, for a wait had to be made while the organist, the registrar, and the choir boys were sent for. In about half an hour’s time they were collected. In even shorter time the public, in some mysterious way, had heard of what was happening, and by the time the wedding party was ready to leave the canon’s house many had assembled round about the house and the church. It was soon evident, however, that the bride and bridegroom were not in the least wishful for any popular demonstration, for the doors of the church were rigidly locked. The bride and bridegroom slipped stealthily through the canon’s kitchen garden to the back door of the church, and Mr. Loder held a big umbrella close down over Miss Ray’s head.

Just a Glimpse.

All that could be seen of her was that she was wearing a vivid mustard-coloured costume and carried a large bunch of violets. Glimpses of a soft mauve hat could also be occasionally caught. The service was a short one. Before the ceremony the bride and bridegroom sat down on chairs in front of the altar. They then advanced to the altar rails. Miss Ray made her responses in a clear voice, which could be heard throughout the church.

The register was signed as follows:-

Eric Raymond Loder, twenty-three, bachelor, independent means, son of Alfred Basil Loder, deceased. Address, 44, Alma road, New Windsor.

Gabrielle Elizabeth Clifford Cooke, twenty-eight, spinster, independent means, of 48, Coleherne-crescent, Kensington. W.

The same mysterious methods were observed after the wedding was over. Again the back door of the church was used and the kitchen garden traversed to the canon’s residence, where lunch was partaken of.

A last ruse was resorted to. About half-past twelve a big covered car was brought round to the back entrance of the canon’s house, while an open car took its stand outside the front door.

A World Tour.

 The crowd, which had now swelled considerably, had no doubt at all that the open car was a blind, and hurried round to the back. But they were once again badly defeated, for Mr. and Mrs. Loder, both smiling, suddenly appeared at the front door, and hurriedly getting into the open car drove rapidly away. Perhaps they suddenly relented, or perhaps it was that they wanted to have a last laugh at the crowd, for the car, after going a little way, checked, swung round, and drove past the back door, right by the waiting crowd. As it was vanishing Mrs Loder turned round and waved a gloved hand to them. A few faint cheers were raised by the slightly dazed and bewildered public. The honeymoon is to be spent in a world tour, which embraces Africa and India, Mr and Mrs Loder are to be absent from England at least six months.

On their return they are to live in the country. Whether Mrs Loder will be seen on the stage again is another matter.


The Express and Telegraph, Saturday, April 13th 1912

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Gabrielle Ray – Wedding – Windsor and Eton Express – Saturday 2nd March 1912





The wedding of Miss Gabrielle Ray and Mr. Eric Loder, postponed from yesterday, took place this (Friday) morning at St. Edward’s Roman Catholic Church, the ceremony being performed by Canon Longinotto. It was quite private, few people being aware that it was taking place, and there was no crowd. The marriage was performed by special dispensation on account of its taking place during Lent. Owing to this penitential season also, there were no flowers inside the sanctuary but there were palms outside.

Before the ceremony, while waiting for the bride, “Ave Maria Stella” was sung by the choir, and “Ave Maria” during the signing of the register.

The bride’s bouquet was of violets, thus being Lenten in colouring.

The bride wore a canary coloured silk coat and skirt, trimmed with braid, and a large purple velvet hat. She drove in a motor -car to Canon Longinotto’s house, accompanied by a friend, Mrs. Nye.

The bridegroom, who was accompanied by Mr. Astley, as best man, was attired in a brown suit, and arrived at the church at 11. His friends present were Sir Edward Stewart Richardson and Mr. Lacey.

The bride looked charming as she entered the church at 11.10.

Mr. W. F. Bradshaw, R.A.M., organist of the church, wrote a special nuptial march in honour of the occasion, which he played at the commencement of the service.

At the conclusion of the service a Wedding March was played, and the register was signed.

This gave the following particulars:

Eric Raymond Loder, 23 years, bachelor, of independent means.

Gabrielle Elizabeth Cliff Cooke, 28 years, spinster.

The ceremony only took about a quarter of an hour, and crowd had now grown, As the bride and bridegroom left the vestry and walked through private grounds to Canon Longinotto’s house, they sent up a cheer for the newly married couple.

At Canon Longinotto’s house, wedding cake was cut and the health of Mr. and Mrs. Loder was drunk. Later they left Windsor in a motor car for the honeymoon.


The wedding was originally announced to take place on Thursday, but from some cause which has not yet been fully explained she did not put in an appearance, and the ceremony was indefinitely postponed. Inquiries at Miss Ray’s flat in London were replied to with the information that she was indisposed, and that it was unlikely that the wedding would take place this week. Both the bride and the bridegroom desired a quiet marriage, and it was thought that the date of the wedding was a secret, but it was announced in a London evening paper on Wednesday, and the consequence was that an army of London Press photographers and special correspondents began to arrive shortly after 9 on Thursday morning.

By the time fixed for the ceremony, a large number of people had assembled outside St. Edward’s Church, but every door was kept locked, and only a few were allowed inside. The choir arrived, together with the registrar and the organist, who had arranged to play a specially written wedding march. The bridegroom and a friend were on the spot, for they were at Canon Longinotto’s house close by. But there was no bride.

The crowd increased every moment, and included two cinematograph operators. Subsequently a messenger boy brought a telegram to the Canon’s house, and it was stated that Miss Ray was not expected. Shortly afterwards the bridegroom and his friend left in a motor car, and the choir was dismissed but told to hold itself in readiness to take part at any moment. The crowd remained until three o’clock, but the bride did not appear, and they dispersed.

Miss Gabrielle Ray and her fiancé, who is the second son of the late Mr. Alfred Loder and the nephew of Major Loder, the famous racehorse owner, were together in a box at the Gaiety Theatre on Tuesday evening. Their engagement was announced in Paris a little more than a month ago. Miss Ray has been well known for some years in musical comedy circles as a captivating dancer. One of her chief successes was the “song and dance” which she performed at Daly’s, “He always came back to tea.” She made her first appearance on the stage at the Princess’s Theatre in 1893 as the child Geraldine in “The Green Bushes.” She was then only eight years of age. Other child parts which she played were Adrienne in “Proof” and Cissie in “The Silver King.” She spent a portion of her childhood days in Windsor.

Windsor and Eton Express – Saturday 2nd March 1912




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Gabrielle Ray – The Royal Magazine – April 1912

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