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?'

Engaged – The Referee – Sunday 14th January 1912

Ring out, ye bells, for Gabrielle Ray

To Lucky Loder names the day;

So let’s unanimously say,

“Bless you, my children! Hip, hoo Ray

 

The Referee – Sunday 14th January 1912

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Gabrielle Ray – Wedding – Islington Gazette – Monday 4th March 1912

THE SOCIAL ROUND.

 

Miss Gabrielle Ray, married on Thursday in the Royal Borough of Windsor, might be called “The Queen of the Picture – Postcard.” Something like 10,000,000 postcards, representing Miss Ray in thousands of poses, have been sold during the last few years. Curiously enough, says the Star, women and young girls are the principal purchasers of these cards, and the most popular pose is the in which the pretty actress dressed as the boy in Millais “Bubbles.” In addition to her picture-postcard popularity, Miss Ray is one of the most piquant personalities the musical comedy stage. Her voice, though thin and piping, seems to have a peculiar fascination, while her dancing quality all its own.

The bridegroom, Mr. Eric Loder, is said to be a wealthy young man. He comes of a well-known sporting family, his uncle, Major Eustace Loder, won the Derby with Spearmint. His brother, Mr. Basil Loder, resigned from Army four years ago in order to marry one of Mr. Seymour Hicks’s “Gay Gordons” girls.

 

Islington Gazette – Monday 4th March 1912

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Salon of Fragrance and Fair Women – The Stage – Thursday 30th March 1911

CHIT CHAT

Miss Gertrude Robins, Miss Pauline Chase, Miss Nell Carter, Miss Phyllis Beddells, Miss Laura Cowie, Miss Phyllis Dare, Miss Iris Hoey, Miss Dolly Castles, Miss Marie Lohr, Miss Maud Allan, Miss Lilian Braithwaite, Miss Constance Drever, Miss Cicely Courtneidge. Miss Gabrielle Ray, Miss Madge Titheradge, Miss Julia James, Miss Ola Humphrey, Miss Lily Shepheard, and Miss Audrey Ford were among the actresses who, in the “Salon of Fragrance and Fair Women” at Harrods, sold scent on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday in aid of the Prince Francis of Teck Memorial Fund.

 

The Stage – Thursday 30th March 1911

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Salon of Fragrance and Fair Women – Daily Telegraph & Courier (London) – Wednesday 29th March 1911

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Gabrielle Ray – Engagement – The Beds. Advertiser and Luton Times – Friday 12th January 1912

MISS GABRIELLE RAY ENGAGED.

 

Miss Gabrielle Ray, the charming dancer and singer of Mr. George Edwardes companies, is engaged to Mr, Eric Loder, son of Mr. Alfred Loder, and grandson of the late Sir Loder, first baronet. Both the young people have modestly confirmed the announcement. The proposal was made and accepted in Paris. Mr Loder, who looked very happy when interviewed, said he did not desire any fuss to be made. He is said to be very wealthy. One firm alone is said to have sold between 7,000,000 and 10,000,000 picture postcards of Miss Gabrielle Bay. She is in her 27th year, but does not look it, and made her stage debut the age of 10. An enthusiastic Frenchman, writing in the “Temps” a few days ago, described Miss Ray the prettiest actress on the English stage and the most beautiful woman in the United Kingdom.

 

The Beds. Advertiser and Luton Times – Friday 12th January 1912

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Gabrielle Ray – Daily Telegraph – May 1973

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Notable Visitors – Perthshire Advertiser – Saturday 10th July 1920

Notable Visitors.

Among the visitors to Auchterarder and to Gleneagles Golf Course this week were Sir Andrew Fisher, High Commissioner of Australia, and Gabriel Ray, the famous actress.

Mary Pickford also visited the town in the earlier part of the week, when many flocked to see her at “The Picture House” !

 

Perthshire Advertiser – Saturday 10th July 1920

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Theatre – A Joy For Ever – Manchester Evening News – Saturday 5th January 1946

THEATRE

A JOY FOR EVER …

 

From left to right: Patricia Burke, Joan Maude, Zena Dare, Vivien Leigh, and Lily Elsie.

 

ONE of the easiest ways I know of starting a really warm argument among devoted playgoers is to say something like this, with measured conviction: “Do you remember So-and-so? Quite the most beautiful woman I have seen on the stage.”

For the next five minutes the air will be full of the names of yesterday’s lovelies, each one conjured out of the past by the memory of an admirer, and the same result will always be the same – total disagreement. But one thing will strike you very forcibly, and that is that rarely indeed will any actress of the present generation be put forward as a serious competitor.

The golden age seems to have been the Edwardian, the age of Daly’s and the Gaiety, with the late Victorian a good second and Georgian I and Georgian II a bad third and fourth.

It is, of course, necessary to begin by pointing out that simple physical beauty is all that is at stake. Brains have nothing to do with it. Nora Nitwit has as good a chance as Betty Bluestocking. On the other hand the matter is a good deal complicated by the fact that the most beautiful woman in the world is soon forgotten if she has nothing else to recommend her, and everyone who has the likeness of a lovely woman etched on his memory has been affected by something more than face and form.

They may, of course, have the excuse of that fine old actor, the late Fred Kerr, who had a favourite story he used to tell about a farmer’s dance in Sussex.

He was a young man at the time and he found himself dancing with an extraordinarily pretty girl. She was also a very good dancer. He had no idea who she was, and she had little or nothing to say, but they danced on in a state approaching rapture until the dance ended. Whereupon, with a bewitching smile lighting up her perfect features, she said: “’Ow my shift do stick to my back!”

Is the stage to-day as prodigal of beauty as it was? The answer is obviously in the negative. When the vogue of the big musical show was at its zenith and every stage was littered with young women who were showgirls first and actresses later – if at all – then, perforce, you might see as many beauties in a single evening as you will see now in a season.

Those were the days when Gladys Cooper, Moya Mannering, and Julia James were three of George Edwardes’s “Young Ladies,” when Lily Elsie and Gertie Millar were the toasts of the town; when Marie Studholme was the picture postcard queen when Lily Langtry (the Jersey Lily), Gabrielle Ray, and Ellaline Terriss were at the top and the Dare sisters, Zena and Phyllis, were climbing the first rung.

The odd thing is that so many of the prettiest of them graduated from the musical stage and became accomplished players of “straight” parts, like Miss Cooper.

The postcard age is over, thank goodness, and classical beauty is to-day no passport at all to success. Which is just as it should be. But that does not lessen the appeal when, as still occasionally happens, real talent is accompanied by striking good looks.

If it were necessary to stand up for the moderns – which it isn’t – then I do not remember seeing a lovelier young actress than Joan Maude at the time when she was playing opposite Matheson Lang in “Jew Suss”; it is a pity she has gone over to films. And no doubt the modern equivalent of the “stage door johnnie,” if there is one in these more earnest days, is ready to swear by the vivid beauty of a Vivien Leigh or a Patricia Burke. Not that it matters. “Handsome is ….” But it’s nice when it happens.

 

Alan Bendle

 

Manchester Evening News – Saturday 5th January 1946

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Mr. and Mrs. Eric Raymond Loder – 1933

 Mr. and Mrs. Eric Raymond Loder

The subjects of our photograph are familiars of all the places named and strangely, the fact that they were not two widely separated entities was divulged at a private dinner party given by the lady a few nights ago in New York. They are Mr. and Mrs. Eric Raymond Loder, Cosmopolites. She was Lady Davis, widow of the late Sir Montimer Davis, Canadian multimillionaire. He is the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Basil Loder of Aldwickbury, Hersfordshire, England. They were married secretly last December at Long Branch New Jersey and as we said the news of the marriage has been just divulged. Mrs. Loder was born Miss Eleanor Curran, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Curran of New Orleans, L.A.  Dated 23 – 10 – 1933.

 

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Eric Loder – The Sketch – Wednesday 19th December 1923

LADIES V. MEN SQUASH RACKETS AT QUEEN’S: A GROUP OF THE PLAYERS IN THE RECENT MATCH.

 

The Squash Rackets match between ladies and men at Queen’s resulted in a draw, the men giving the ladies ten and two hands. Our group shows, from left to right, back row – Major Eric Loder, Mr. C. B. Noel, Mr. C. B. Browning, Mr. T. O. Jameson (Amateur Champion), Miss Lees, Miss Fenwick, Mr. P. le Gros, Miss P. Blake, Mr. C. M. Prior, the Hon. Mrs. E. G. Tew, Colonel L. H. Frisby, and Mr. G. T. C. Watt and, seated Miss S. Huntsman, Miss N. Cave (Amateur Lady Champion), Miss J. Nicholson, Miss J. Cave, Miss E. Nicholson, and Miss J. Huntsman. [Photograph by S. and G.]

 

The Sketch – Wednesday 19th December 1923

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