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?'

Eric Loder – The Tatler – Wednesday 3rd August 1927

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Major and Mrs Eric Loder with the Duke and Duchess of Windsor – 1941

 

 

Major Loder was formally married to Gabrielle Ray in 1912, later divorced in 1915, then Lady Iris Lawson in 1920 until their divorce in 1928. He married his third wife, Eleanor Curran in 1932.

During their frequent trips around Europe they became friendly with the Windsor’s (Wallis Simpson and the Duke of Windsor) The Montreal Gazzette, 27th December 1937 reported that “The Windsor’s called Christmas afternoon at the Villa of Major and Mrs Eric Loder near Juan les Pins and had tea in the garden overlooking the sea”

When the Windsor’s lived in America the FBI were charged with the responsibility of monitoring their contacts as both were suspected of being Nazi sympathisers. It had been reported by the British government to the F.B.I. because of this that the Government had refused to allow Edward to marry Mrs Simpson and remain on the throne in the interest of the morale of the British people. They claim that the Duke is in such a state of intoxication most of the time that he is virtually non compos mentis.

It seems that the F.B.I. suspected that the Duchess could have been transferring messages to her German friends via her dry cleaning and that her dentist would need to be check on her dentist whom she visited in the Bahamas as well as the people they spoke to.

The Windsor’s attended a cocktail party at 3:00 P.M on April 20, 1941 hosted by Mrs. Hugh Dillman in their honour at their home in Palm Beach, Florida, a record of all the guests attending was recorded including Mr. and Mrs. Eric Loder with Miss Pamela Loder, Mr Loder’s daughter. No history of the guests was obtained as they were “people of Palm Beach of prominence who would not have had an opportunity otherwise to see the Duke and Duchess of Windsor.”

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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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Eric Loder – The Tatler – Wednesday 9th February 1938

MAJOR AND MRS. ERIC LODER

 

On the Cagnes links, to which they motor every day from their attractive abode in Cannes. Mrs. Eric Loder was the widow of the late Sir Mortimer Davis.

The Tatler – Wednesday 9th February 1938

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Gabrielle Ray – The American Register – Sunday 3rd August 1913

MRS. ERIC LODER

 

Nee Gabrielle Ray, the famous musical comedy actress, whom dainty dancing has now ceased to be one of the favourite features in Mr. George Edwardes’s numerous productions. It will be remembered that Mrs. Loder caused something of a sensation on her wedding day, for she so far neglected her duties as a bride as to fail to put an appearance at the church. However, all’s well that ends well, and a week later the postponed marriage took place. During her stage career Mrs. Loder was one of the most bephotographed members of the musical comedy stage.

 

The American Register – Sunday 3rd August 1913

 

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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 – Engagement – John Bull – Saturday 17th February 1912

COURTING A STAR.

 

 [The engagement is announced of Miss Gabrielle Ray,

the Gaiety actress and picture -postcard favourite, to Mr. Eric Loder.]

Queen of the firmament of “stars,”

She names the wedding day,

And happy is the mortal who

 Has captured such a Ray!

 

RICARDO.

 

John Bull – Saturday 17th February 1912

 

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Gabrielle Ray – Marriage – Dartmouth and South Hams Chronicle – Friday 8th March 1912

A Picture-Postcard Favourite.

Miss. Gabrielle Ray, married on Friday 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 like one in which the pretty actress is dressed as the boy in Millais’ “Bubbles.” In addition to her picture-postcard popularity, Miss Ray is one of the most piquant personalities on the musical comedy stage. Her voice, though thin and piping, seems to have a peculiar fascination, while her dancing has a quality all its own.

Mr. Eric Loder.

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

Dartmouth and South Hams Chronicle – Friday 8th March 1912

Bubbles (Rotary 4405 C)

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