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 – Wedding – The Newmarket Journal – Saturday 9th March 1912

MISS GABRIELLE RAY MARRIED.

 

Miss Gabrielle Ray, the musical comedy actress, whose wedding was at the last moment postponed on Thursday, was quietly married on the following day to Mr. Eric Loder, at the Roman Catholic Church of St. Edward, Windsor.

Nothing was known of the ceremony in the town until it was nearly over, and the only people present in the church were the registrar, the organist, the choir boys, and the head-mistress, teaching staff, and some of the girl pupils of St. Edward’s School.

The bride was dressed in a costume of cream serge, trimmed with braid, with a mauve slouch hat and a large fur. She carried a shower bouquet of Parma violets.

The names of the bride and bridegroom we entered in the register as “Eric Raymond Loder, twenty-three, independent means,” and “Gabrielle Elisabeth Clifford Cooke, twenty eight, spinster.”

 

The Newmarket Journal – Saturday 9th March 1912

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Gabrielle Ray – A Present with Pain – The Weekly Dispatch (London) – Sunday 19th December 1920

YULE GIFTS TO STAGE STARS

  Gabrielle Ray, – “A present with a pain.”

 

Last Christmas Eve I received a nice long letter and a big box from an old school chum. The writer explained in the letter that she was sending me two stockings to hang on my bed rail and to be opened on Christmas Morning.

They were beautiful silk stockings packed full of the good things I used to love when at school – apples, nuts, crackers, the toffee called “stickjaw,” some small dolls, and at the bottom half a dozen beautiful handkerchiefs.

I was too ill for the rest of the day to enjoy anything; but I still play with my dolls.

 

The Weekly Dispatch (London) – Sunday 19th December 1920

 

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Gabrielle Ray – Life Off the Stage – The Weekly Dispatch (London) – Sunday 26th May 1912

LAST NIGHT’S THEATRICAL GOSSIP.

Life Off the Stage.

It is curious how quickly the public gives up talking about well-known people once they retire, temporarily or otherwise, from the occupation that has brought them into prominence. One never hears a word of Gabrielle Ray now that she married and gone away, and people have ceased inquiring when Miss Lily Elsie will return to the stage. I would not be in the least surprised if both those Daly’s Theatre actresses found life away from the stage so pleasant that they will never return to the theatre unless as spectators. They would only be following the example of Miss Edna May, who loves the theatre; “but as for acting, no, no, never again, on any terms.” And yet she looks wonderfully pretty now.

 

The Weekly Dispatch (London) – Sunday 26th May 1912

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Gabrielle Ray – Actresses on Holiday – The Weekly Dispatch (London) – Sunday 7th August 1910

Actors on Holiday

Many of the “star” actors and actresses are away out of London now getting a rest and a breath of fresh air. Miss Gertie Millar is at Lytham, her favourite dogs with her, a merry pack of little terriers. Then Miss Lily Elsie is in France, at Le Touquet and Miss Gabrielle Ray is finishing up her holiday at the same place. They are both doing their very best to qualify for the Ladies’ Golf Championship of England.

The Weekly Dispatch (London) – Sunday 7th August 1910

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Gabrielle Ray – our daintiest dancer – The Preston Herald – Wednesday 3rd April 1912

 

The “Royal” Magazine.

“our daintiest dancer,”

 

The “Royal” Magazine for April is again a capital number. As usual, its chief feature is fiction front rank writers, there being no fewer than nine short stories of a variety to suit all tastes. The articles are all remarkably good. There is a profusely illustrated article on Gabrielle Ray, “our daintiest dancer,” written by one who has had exceptional opportunities of studying Miss Ray both and off the stage. In the article the writer tells of Miss Ray’s personal charm and great talents. Parents will read with interest article entitled “Disappointing Daughters,” in which the writer endeavours to solve the problem of why in so many cases, the daughters of to day lack the nerve and charm, of their mothers. “Mountaineering by Motor” describes how Ben Nevis was climbed by a 20h.p. car, and “Keeping Fit” is a laughable skit on physical culture at home. The number is splendidly illustrated well printed.

 

The Preston Herald – Wednesday 3rd April 1912

 

Gabrielle Ray – The Royal Magazine – April 1912

 

 

 

 

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Gabrielle Ray – Wedding – Lloyd’s Weekly Newspaper – Sunday 3rd March 1912

GABRIELLE RAY MARRIED.

 Rapid Recovery from Illness which Caused Postponement.

WINDSOR CEREMONY.

 

Miss Gabrielle Ray, the musical comedy actress, provided another surprise on Friday 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 organist ready, there was no wedding because no bride came. The reason Miss Ray gave to curious inquirers at her London flat for her apparently strange action was that was too unwell to go through the ceremony. On Friday morning, however, she had so far recovered to be able to motor over to Windsor.

There were only half a dozen people in the pretty church besides a few schoolgirls and those assisting in the service.

The wedding party assembled at the rectory, and went through the garden to the vestry door shortly before eleven o’clock. The only view the crowd had was over a distant fence. Mr. Eric Loder, dressed in a lounge suit, was accompanied by Mr. Astley, the best man, Mr. Lacey, and Sir Edward Stewart-Richardson. They entered the church first, accompanied by Canon Longinotto, the officiating priest. The bride came in shortly afterwards, accompanied by Mrs. Nye, a friend. She wore a cream serge costume, trimmed with braid, and a large purple hat, and she carried a shower bouquet of Parma violets. Mrs. Nye wore a nary blue coat and skirt trimmed with cerise, with hat to match.

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 Elisabeth Clifford Cooke, twenty-eight, spinster, independent means, of 40, Coleherne-crescent, Kensington, W.

The honeymoon is to be spent in a world tour embracing Africa and India. Mr. and Mrs. Loder to be absent from England at least six months.

 

Lloyd’s Weekly Newspaper – Sunday 3rd March 1912

 

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Gabrielle Ray – Engagement – Lloyd’s Weekly Newspaper – Sunday 14th January 1912

MISS GABRIELLE RAY TO BE MARRIED

 

Gabrielle Ray, whose dainty dancing and fascinating manner have made her a favourite of musical comedy actresses, has become engaged to Mr. Eric Loder, a young member of one of the most distinguished families in England.

He is wealthy, aged twenty-three, younger son of the late Mr. Alfred Loder, grandson of the late Sir Robert Loder, baronet, and younger brother of Mr. Basil Loder, who four years ago resigned his commission in the Scots Guards and married Miss Barbara Deane one of the most charming singers in Mr. Seymour Hicks’s “Gay Gordon” company.

No date has yet been fixed for the marriage. Both are now spending a holiday in Paris, and Mr. Loder has been to see several plays with Miss Ray.

Miss Gabrielle Ray, who now confesses to being twenty-six, first appeared on the boards as a child of ten at the old Princess’s Theatre, in Oxford-street, in “Green Bushes.”

She is the picture postcard favourite, and has already surpassed the vogue formerly enjoyed by Marie Studholme and Edna May in this sphere. One photograph company has taken her in no less than a thousand poses, and over 10,000 copies been sold of her dressed as Millais’s “Bubbles,” a picture to which her child’s face was singularly adapted.

 

Lloyd’s Weekly Newspaper – Sunday 14th January 1912

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Gabrielle Ray – Divorce – John Bull – Saturday 9th August 1913

Another Stage Romance.

 When last year Miss Gabrielle Ray, the musical comedy actress of the picture postcards, married Mr. Eric Loder, scion of a noble house, all the papers spoke of it as a stage romance. Evidently the romance has turned to tragedy, as in such cases it often – we had almost said generally – does. Face to face with the fact that her husband has “gone,” Mrs. Loder has applied for and obtained a decree of restitution of conjugal rights – a decree, by the way, which is one of the farces of the present divorce law, for the judge has no power to enforce it; failure to return to the conjugal domicile within the specified time merely becomes evidence of desertion on which a divorce petition may ultimately be founded. It is as well imaginative, stage-struck ladies should realise that marriages are not always as they are painted in the illustrated papers, the “catch of the season” not always as much of a catch as it appears on the surface, either for the actress who catches or for the aristocrat who is caught.

 

John Bull – Saturday 9th August 1913

 

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Gabrielle Ray – Wedding – The Daily Mirror – Saturday 2nd March 1912

MISS GABRIELLE RAY CHANGES HER MIND AND GETS MARRIED YESTERDAY.

 

 The bride entering the church by the back door.

The bride with her arm on the bridegroom’s shoulder.

 Mr. Astley, Mr. Lacey (who is wearing a bowler hat), and Mrs. Nye.

Choir boy locking the gate to keep out the public.

 Canon Longinotto, who performed the ceremony, arriving at the church.

 

Although Miss Gabrielle Ray, the musical comedy, stated that her wedding would not take place this week, she was quietly married at St. Edward’s Roman Catholic Church, Windsor, yesterday. The ceremony was fixed for Thursday, but the bride failed to appear at the church, and the bridegroom, Mr. Eric Loder, waited for her in vain. Mr. Lacey gave away the bride, who was attended by her friend, Mrs. Nye. Mr. Astley was best man. (Daily Mirror photographs.)

 

The Daily Mirror – Saturday 2nd March 1912

 

 

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Gabrielle Ray – Engagement – The Daily Mirror – Wednesday 10th January 1912

 

MISS GABRIELLE RAY ENGAGED.

 Gaiety Theatre Dancer to Wed Mr. Eric Loder.

 QUEEN OF THE POSTCARD.

 

Brother of ex-Guardsman, Whose Wife Was

 in Mr. Seymour Hicks’ Company.

 

(From Our Own Correspondent.)

 

PARIS, Jan. 9 – Another famous actress beauty is to marry into the ranks of the aristocracy.

I am able to announce the engagement of Miss Gabrielle Ray, the popular dancer and singer of Mr. George Edwardes’ companies, to Mr. Eric Loder, son of the late Mr. Alfred Loder, and grandson of the late Sir Robert Loder, first baronet.

Mr. Eric Loder – a tall, fair. good-looking young man, twenty-three years of age -smilingly confirmed the news of his engagement to Miss Gabrielle Ray when I saw him this afternoon. He looked very happy, but said he did not desire any fuss to be made.

No date has been fixed for the marriage, and the engagement was announced here because they happened to be in Paris at the same time. Mr. Loder is said to be very wealthy.

Miss Gabrielle Ray to-night occupied a box with her fiancé at the Olympia music hall. They were a typical good-looking English couple, Miss Ray looking radiant in an exquisitely pretty pink evening frock. “Please, no interview,” she said, in speaking to me of her engagement.

Yesterday evening Miss Gabrielle Ray, the married lady who is chaperoning her, Mr. Loder, and Mr. Eustace Parker, a friend, dined together at the Hotel Meurice.

Mr. Loder has been in Paris for four or five days, and has several times accompanied Miss Gabrielle Ray to the theatre.

 

BROTHER MARRIED “GAY GORDONS” GIRL.

 

A remarkable feature of this latest stage romance is that Mr. Loder’s brother also married a musical comedy actress.

Four years ago Mr. Basil Loder resigned his commission in the Scots Guards and married Miss Barbara Deane, one of the most charming singers in Mr. Seymour Hicks’ “Gay Gordons” company.

It is a strange coincidence that while the elder brother married one of the most accomplished singers in Mr. Seymour Hicks’ company, which added so many charming brides to the pages of Debrett, the younger brother should wed one of Mr. George Edwardes’ most delightful dancers.

But though Miss Ray is in the front rank of England’s dainty dancers, and is as well known as a singer, she must rank first and foremost as the queen of picture postcard beauties.

(Photographs, on page 9.)

 

LODER’S UNCLES.

 

Mr. Eric Loder is the nephew of many well known men.

The eldest is Sir Edmund Giles Loder, the second baronet, who succeeded his father in 1888, and has seats at Worthing and Horsham, where he preserves kangaroos and other exotic animals.

Mr. Gerald Loder, who was Unionist M.P. for Brighton from 1889 to 1905, but was defeated at a by-election after being appointed Junior Lord of the Treasury, is another uncle of the bridegroom elect; while a third is Major Eustace Loder, who won name and fame on the Turf as owner of Pretty Polly and Spearmint.

Mr. Eric Loder’s father, who died in 1905, was his day a famous athlete, and for many years was one of the only three who had run the hurdles in 16s. dead.

Mr. Loder himself is a keen motorist, and is well known to frequenters of Brooklands motor track.

 

PICTURE POSTCARD FAVOURITE.

 

Miss Gabrielle Ray, who is in her twenty-seventh year, but does not look it, made her stage debut as a child of ten at the old Princess’ Theatre.

Subsequently she played many child parts, including Cupid in “Little Red Riding Hood,” at Richmond.

Her first big part was on tour with “The Belle of New York,” when she played Mamie Clancy, in 1899 and 1900.

After understudying Miss Gertie Millar in “The Toreador” at the Gaiety, she succeeded to Miss Letti Lind’s part of Ellen in “The Girl from Kay’s,” and returned to the Gaiety in “The Orchid.”

Since then she has been associated with many of Mr. George Edwardes’ biggest successes at both his theatres, reaching the zenith of her popularity in the scene at Maxim’s of “The Merry Widow.”

 

OVER 1,000 POSES.

 

The manager of the Rotary Photograph Company told The DailyMirror last night something of Miss Gabrielle Ray’s popularity in the picture postcard world.

“It has been more than a craze, you could almost call it a fever, for at a careful estimation my firm alone has sold between 7,000,000 and 10,000,000 of her postcards.

“We have photographs of her in over a thousand poses. It is impossible to say which has been the most popular, but over 10,000 copies have been sold of her dressed as Millais’ ‘Bubbles.’

“Large photographs of her for framing purposes are sold like hot cakes at 2s. 6d. each, not in dozens, but in thousands, and the craze applies not only to London, but to every little town and village through the kingdom.”

 

The Daily Mirror – Wednesday 10th January 1912

Gabrielle Ray – Engagement – The Daily Mirror – Wednesday 10th January 1912

 

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