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 – Divorce – The London Evening Standard – Saturday 17th May 1913

MISS GABRIELLE RAY.

 

The case of G. E. C. Loder v. E. R. Loder, a wife’s suit for the restitution of conjugal rights, appears on the undefended list in the Divorce Division. Mrs. Loder, better known as Miss Gabrielle Ray, the musical comedy actress, was married in March, 1912, at Windsor. It will be remembered that the marriage did not take place on the day first arranged. A crowd waited at the church, but the bride did not appear. It was subsequently announced that she was too ill to attend, and remained at her flat in London. She began her stage career at eight, and afterwards took chief parts in “The Merry Widow,” “The Dollar Princess,” etc.

 

The London Evening Standard – Saturday 17th May 1913

 

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Gabrielle Ray – Divorce – The Belfast Weekly Telegraph – Saturday 2nd August 1913

 

MISS GABRIELLE RAY’S MARITAL TROUBLES.

 FAMOUS ACTRESS IN TEARS.

TROUBLE ABOUT HER LADY FRIEND.

 

LONDON. Monday, – Mrs. Gabrielle Elizabeth Clifford Loder, better known as Miss  Gabrielle Ray, the musical comedy actress, her husband, Mr. Eric Raymond Loder.

The case came before Mr: Justice Bucknill on an undefended suit and ended in a decree being made.

Mr. Barnard, K.C., who appeared for the petitioner, said the marriage took place on 1st March, 1912 at St. Edward’s Church, Windsor, and after the marriage the parties lived together at The Cottage, Goring-on-Thames and also at 18 Wellington Court, Knightsbridge. The marriage for some time was happy one, but they had a mutual friend, a lady, who had been a great friend to them and at times the husband objected to her, while at other times he was perfectly friendly. On 13th January, the husband left his wife. She saw him on the 10th February. There was no quarrel or difference except on that question. He requested that his letters should be seat to his club. The wife, as her husband did not return to her, on the 7th March wrote the following letter to her I husband:-

Dearest Eric – I am writing you once more as I want you to know I have given up – (the lady in question.) I am feeling desperately miserable and want you, my husband so badly. “Jock” misses his old master, I know, and wonders if he will ever see him again. Thank you for the flowers you sent on anniversary of our wedding, but you cannot think how it all hurts, but I suppose it is your way, and I cannot and never will understand this side of you. – Your wife, Gabs.

Mr. Barnard asked leave to omit the name the lady mentioned in the letter, to which his Lordship assented.

The wife, added counsel, received no answer to that letter, and she sent to her husband at his club on the 10th March a further letter which ran:-

Dearest Eric – Why no reply to my letter of last Friday? Surely you might have written. I now write once more asking you to return to me. – Yours. Gabs.

There was no answer to that letter.

The petitioner, who wore a black costume with a white frilled ruche and a black velvet hat, then entered the witness-box. After taking the oath she burst into tears.

In reply to counsel, she said was married to Mr. Eric Raymond Loder on 1st March, 1912, at St. Edward’s Church, Windsor.

And was the marriage one of affection on your part? – Yes.

Did you believe at the time that it was on your husband’s part? – Yes.

After the marriage, continued the petitioner, she and her husband lived together at The Cottage, Goring-on-Thames, and afterwards at 18 Wellington Court, Knightsbridge. Her husband went to Scotland on 13th January this year, and that was the last time she had lived with him. On the 10th February last she saw him again.

Did you live happily with your husband? – Yes.

I believe you both had a mutual friend who was a lady? – Yes.

And at times did your husband object to that lady? – Yes.

At other times was he very friendly with her? – Yes.

The Petitioner, proceeding, said on 7th March last her husband not having returned to her house she wrote the letter which counsel had read. She posted the letter to her husband, and she got no answer to it; and on the 10th March she wrote the second letter, which was handed to her solicitor for delivery at her husband’s club. She got no answer to that letter, and then she commenced the present proceedings.

Mr. Arthur Knapp. Solicitor’s clerk, gave evidence as to the letters being duly sent to the respondent at his club. It was arranged that both letters should be sent to the respondent’s solicitors who had signed an acknowledgement of the receipt of them.

On this his lordship granted the petitioner a decree of restitution of conjugal rights.

 

The Belfast Weekly Telegraph – Saturday 2nd August 1913

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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 – Fleetwood Chronicle – Tuesday 5th August 1913

STAGE FAVOURITE’S ILL-LUCK

 

People generally foretold a happy union when Mr. Eric Loder, one of the richest young men about town, married Miss Gabrielle Ray, familiarly known as “Gabs.” But things did not go with the expected smoothness, unfortunately, and now Gabrielle Ray has been granted a decree of restitution of conjugal rights. The pair were married in the March last year, and were for some time happy, but a mutual lady, is said to have caused the trouble which led to the court. Gabs is an old Gaiety favourite and was one of Mr. Edwardes’s best finds. By no means a good singer, on accounts of a startlingly squeaky voice, she was the finest dancer musical comedy has seen, or is likely to see for some time to come. Of a type of beauty which is helped by the camera, she has probably been more photographed than any other woman living; in England and in remote corners of the earth. Perhaps she is best known in bee pees as the Millais child in “Bubbles,” but in hundreds of poses her photographs on postcards have sold literally by the million. It is hinted that Gabrielle Ray may yet be seen at the Gaiety again, though she affects a desire to retire to the country and live a comfortable, dolce far niente life. (Pleasant relaxation in carefree idleness)

 

Fleetwood Chronicle – Tuesday 5th August 1913

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Gabrielle Ray – Divorce – Daily Mirror – Saturday 26th July 1913

MISS GABRIELLE RAY’S ACTION AGAINST HER HUSBAND.

 

 Mrs. Eric Loder, better known as Miss Gabrielle Ray whose suit for restitution of conjugal rights will be heard next week.

Portrait, Mr. Loder. – (Rita Martin.)

 

The Daily Mirror – Saturday 26th July 1913

The Sketch – 6th March 1912 (Marriage)

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The Daily Citizen (Manchester) – Friday 24th July 1914

DECREE NISI FOR MISS GABRIELLE RAY.

 

There was a crowd in the court during the hearing of the case in which Mrs. Gabrielle Elizabeth Loder (Miss Gabrielle Ray) obtained a decree dissolving her marriage with Mr. Eric Raymond Loder, who did not put in a defence.

Mr. Barnard, R.C. (for the petitioner), said the marriage took place at St. Edward’s Church, Windsor. The parties lived together until February, 1912, when Mrs. Loder’s husband left her. The result was that the wife communicated with him, and in July, 1913, she was granted a decree for restitution of conjugal rights. The husband had not complied with it.

The Daily Citizen (Manchester) – Friday 24th July 1914

 

 

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Gabrielle Ray – Divorce – Leicester Daily Post – Friday 24th July 1914

DIVORCE COURT STORIES.

GABRIELLE RAY GRANTED A DECREE NISI

 

Mr. Justice Bargrave Deane, in the Divorce Court, yesterday, pronounced a decree nisi dissolving the marriage of Mrs Gabrielle Elisabeth Loder, better known as Miss Gabrielle Ray, musical comedy actress, on the ground of the desertion and misconduct of her husband. Mr. Eric Raymond Loder. Respondent entered no defence. The case was heard in a crowded court.

Mr. Barnard, for the petitioner, said the marriage took place May, 1912, at Windsor. Respondent left his wife in the following February. A decree for restitution of conjugal rights was granted on March 14 this year, but this had not been complied with. Mr. Loder was watched, and on May 1 last be was seen to go to the Great Western Hotel, Paddington, where be stayed with a lady.

Petitioner, attired in a blue dress and wearing a blue straw hat trimmed with white, entered the witness box and gave evidence in subdued tones, and with emotion.

 

Leicester Daily Post – Friday 24th July 1914

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Gabrielle Ray – Divorce – Dundee Courier – Tuesday 29th July 1913

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Gabrielle Ray – The Sketch – 29th July 1914 (Divorce)

Gabrielle Ray - The Sketch - 29th July 1914 (Divorce)

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Gabrielle Ray – Dundee People’s Journal – 1914

Miss Gabrielle Ray Deserted

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Well known actress gets divorced

The London Divorce Court was crowded when the suit of Miss Gabrielle Elizabeth Loder, for the dissolution of her marriage with her husband, Mr Eric Loder, was heard before Mr Justice Bargrave Deane. The petitioner is the well known musical comedy actress, Miss Gabrielle Ray, and Mr Loder did not put in a defence. A restitution decree was granted to Mrs Loder in July last by Mr Justice Bucknell. Mr Justice Bargrave Deane now pronounced a decree nisi for the dissolution of the marriage.

The petitioner was represented by Mr Barnard, K.C; in front of whom she sat whilst he was briefly outlining her case.

Mr Barnard said the petitioner was married in May 1912 at St. Edward’s Church, Windsor to Mr Raymond Loder. They lived together down till February 1913, when Mrs Loder’s husband left her. The result was that the wife communicated with him, and on the 14th of March 1913 she presented a petition for the restitution of conjugal rights. In that suit the whole of the facts were gone into, and letters were read, and a decree of restitution was granted. The decree was served on the 31st of July 1913, but the husband had not complied.

Mr Loder Watched,

With regard to the misconduct, it appeared that Mr Loder was watched during April, and on the night of the 1st May he was watched.

He was seen to go to the Great Western Hotel, Paddington, with a lady, and he stayed at the hotel for the night. Detectives who followed him saw him go into the hotel and enter his name in the hotel register. The detectives tried to get a bedroom in the hotel, but they were unable to, and consequently they watched. They saw Mr Loder and the lady leave the hotel next morning, and from evidence which would be given there could be no doubt what took place between them. As regard the hotel, Mr Barnard added that an effort had been made to get information from the hotel, but so far the hotel had not given it. They had subpoenaed someone from the hotel.

Mrs Loder then entered the witness-box. She quickly ran up the steps to the box and gave her evidence in subdued tones. Occasionally there was a little emotion in her voice, but she was quite self-possessed during the short period she was answering the questions of her counsel.

Mr Barnard submitted to her the register of the Paddington hotel, and she identified the signature “Mr and Mrs Loder” as that of her husband. Soon afterwards and before the case had concluded, Mrs Loder, with her solicitor, left the Court.

Evidence was the given as to Mr Loder and a lady being at the Paddington hotel.

Mr Loder and a lady entered the hotel, and a witness said he followed them. He heard Mr Loder ask for a room, and saw him sign the hotel register.

His Lordship granted a decree nisi, with costs.

Dundee People’s Journal – Saturday 25 July 1914

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