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 – The Dollar Princess – The Daily Mirror – Monday 27th September 1909


£20,000 Worth of Seats Booked for “The Dollar Princess.”

 £10,000 PLAY.


“The Dollar Princess” promises to rival even “The Merry Widow,” its famous predecessor, in popularity.

It cost £lO,OOO to mount, but £20,000 worth of seats were booked before the curtain went up on Saturday night at Daly’s, and its first performance was a triumphant success.

Nor is this very wonderful. The music was pretty, and of a high class, too; the acting was a long, long way above the ordinary run of musical comedy; the comic element was there, and not forced; the dresses were charming, and the scenery beautiful.

Mr. Edwardes has produced a piece which ought to rim comfortably into its second year.

The plot of the play is simple and hangs on the “almighty” dollar. All the servants at the establishment of Harry Conder, the multi-millionaire, are ruined members of the English aristocracy.



Conder – Mr. Joseph Coyne – engages as housekeeper the Countess Olga (Miss Emmy Wehlen), formerly a lion-tamer. He falls in love with her, and, in spite of all his friends and family can, say and do, insists on marrying her.

Miss Wehlen scored a hit the first moment she appeared, and she never lost her grip on the audience. Her fascination is something quite out of the ordinary, and Miss Wehlen, besides having a fine voice, is a clever and extremely natural actress. Daisy (Miss Gabrielle Ray), Conder’s cousin, picks out John Earl of Quorn for a husband and marries him on the understanding that there is to be no silly love-making.

When he leaves her, however, she naturally follows him and all is well. Miss Gabrielle Ray and Basil Foster make a fine pair, and play to each other splendidly. Alice – Miss Lily Elsie – Conder’s sister, falls in love with Freddie Fairfax, the only untitled Englishman of the lot. Alice proposes quite calmly to marry Fairfax, but the latter has some pride left and declines. In the last act we find him a millionaire, having literally struck oil. Alice pretends to have lost all her money, and applies to Fairfax for the post of secretary at ten dollars a month, which was what Fairfax had as her secretary.

Then, of course, all is merry and bright, and the curtain comes down with the pair in each other’s arms.

Miss Lily Elsie scored the greatest success of her life on Saturday night. Her voice, always good, has improved immensely, and her acting is very dainty and polished. Mr. Robert Michaelis also had a great success.

Mr. Joseph Coyne played Harry Conder to the life. Mr. Evelyn Beerbohm was a perfect sketch of an absent-minded dandy; and W. H. Berry was really funny, and, without trying to force the part, kept the house laughing all the time he was on.


The Daily Mirror – Monday 27th September 1909

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Twenty Million Picture Postcards – The Daily Mirror – Monday 20th February 1905


Boy’s Enterprise Creates a Huge and Still Increasing Business.


Twenty million post-cards in twenty thousand boxes! A thousand post-cards in each box!

That is the stock of a single firm engaged in supplying that large section of the community which collects picture post-cards, and which multiplies by leaps and bounds, not only throughout the country, but throughout the world.

That firm is known as the Wrench Post-Cards, Limited, and it owes its origin to the enterprise of one who was little more than a schoolboy at the time he began the business.

Four years ago Mr. Wrench took a little room in the Haymarket, and with fifty designs and an assistant or two he began operations. In a very short time the headquarters of the Wrench Postcards will occupy a building with close on ten thousand superficial feet of space.

Not less striking is the way in which the fifty original designs have multiplied, for to-day there are altogether fifteen thousand separate and distinct subjects issued by the firm.

Of each of these designs an edition of five thousand cards is usually printed to start with, but it may be reprinted four, five, or even ten times to meet the popular demand. That demand at present is largely in the direction of pretty actresses.

At the head of the list at the moment is Miss Gabrielle Ray, of the Gaiety Theatre. Scarcely less popular is pretty Miss Marie Studholme, the dozen designs of whom have sold to the tune of about twenty thousand postcards.

On the other hand, few men enjoy any great postcard popularity. When a political agitation is on, and he is making one of his great speeches, Mr. Joseph Chamberlain is inquired for, while certain actors, like Mr. George Alexander, Mr. Cyril Maude, and Lewis Waller, enjoy a steady, if small, demand.

Views, however, especially coloured views, never seem to weary the collector, and in the course of a short time reproductions of landscapes which have been painted in oil will be offered to the public.


The Daily Mirror – Monday 20th February 1905


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Beauty We Admired Yesterday – The Daily Mirror – Friday 4th January 1935


Lady Madcap (Rotary 1939 J)

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Fred Walmsley – Little Red Riding Hood – The Daily Mirror – Thursday 17th January 1935

Panto Stars – Fred Walmsley


In Blackpool, during the summer, Fred Walmsley is an institution. For twenty-three years he has appeared on the pier, and in 1914 Sydney Howard was a member of his company. And Fred is just as much a stalwart in pantomime, as Bradford is agreeing. He is playing Baron Badlotte in “Red Riding Hood” at the Alhambra. This is his twenty-third pantomime. He was at the Palace, Manchester, when Fay Compton made her pantomime debut as Dick Whittington, and he also was in the pantomime at which the famous Gabrielle Ray made a triumphant stage come-back in 1917-18.


Not So Hot!


His favourite pantomime story concerns his early days. It was at a dress rehearsal of “Red Riding Hood.” Artificial “snow” was falling on the stage, the scene being the woods in winter. Red Riding Hood entered and complained how bitterly cold it was, and immediately the Principal Boy followed with a scantily dressed chorus, and sang “In Sunny Havana”! None of Fred’s protests could convince the producer that there was anything amiss in this scene!


The Daily Mirror – Thursday 17th January 1935


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Gabriele Ray – Mother Goose – The Daily Mirror – Tuesday 26th October 1920


Manchester’s Sunshine Ray.


Miss Gabrielle Ray, I hear, has been engaged for this winter’s pantomime at the Palace Theatre, Manchester – Cottonopolis’ gain, London’s loss. Her first “panto” appearance was as Cupid in “Little Red Riding Hood” at the Richmond Theatre, shortly after she had made her debut at the Princess’ as Geraldine in the “Green ‘Bushes.”


The Daily Mirror – Tuesday 26th October 1920


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Divorce – The Daily Mirror – 1914

Divorce - The Daily Mirror - 23rd July 1914

Gabrielle Ray Seeking Divorce

Mrs. Eric Loder, better known as Gabrielle Ray, the Gaiety dancer, who is seeking a divorce. The case, it is expected, will be heard in a day or two. Mrs. Loder was known as “the picture postcard queen,” and is a much photographed beauty. In the circle her husband.

The Daily Mirror, 23rd July 1914

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Divorce – Daily Mirror – 1914

Divorce - Daily Mirror - Friday 24 July 1914

Gabrielle Ray’s Action

 Decree for Miss Gabrielle Ray

 A decree nisi with costs was yesterday granted Mrs. Gabrielle Elizabeth Clifford Loder, better known as Miss Gabrielle Ray, against her husband Mr. Eric Loder, on the grounds of misconduct and non-compliance with restitution decree.

Mr. Barnard, K.C., said the marriage took place at St. Edward’s Church, Windsor, on March 1, 1912, and Mr. and Mrs. Loder lived together down to February, 1913, when the husband left.

With regard to the misconduct, continued counsel, Mr. Loder was watched last April, and on the night of May 1 he was seen to go to the Great Western Hotel, Paddington, with a woman and they stayed the night at the hotel.

The detective had followed them to the hotel and saw him enter his name in the book. After they had taken the room the porter wrote on the board at the side, “Early call. Tea at 8.30.”

When they tried to get another room they were unable to do so, but the detectives watched, and saw the two people leave the hotel next morning.

The Daily Mirror, Friday, 24th July 1914

Divorce – The Daily Mirror – 1914

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Divorce – The Daily Mirror – 1914

Divorce - The Daily Mirror - 24th July 1914

Mrs. Eric Loder (Miss Gabrielle Ray) leaving the Law Courts.

No one could have blamed a Divorce Court Judge for becoming a hopeless cynic, as yesterday it was story after story of shattered ideals and of hopes which were unfulfilled. Many well-known people – including two Gaiety actresses – figured in the cases. They were Mrs. Eric Loder (Gabrielle Ray), who was granted a decree nisi, and Mrs.Dudley-Ward (Maidie Hope), who secured a restitution decree. A year ago Mr. Crawshay-Williams was co-respondent in a suit brought by Mr. Carr-Gomm, M.P Lady Affleck is the wife of Sir Robert Affleck, Bart., J.P. Mrs. Delphine Sassoon’s evidence was given in the Judge’s private room.

The Daily Mirror, Friday, 24th July 1914

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Red Cross Day – The Daily Mirror – 1915

Red Cross Day - The Daily Mirror - 1st December 1915

Red Cross Day

Famous Women and Well-known Actresses as Harrods “Assistants”

Those who go a shopping at Harrods in the Brompton road today will find there such an array of charming “assistants” as never before was known.

This Harrods Red Cross Day, and famous women and well-known actresses are acting as Harrods saleswomen for to-day only, and a percentage of all takings in the big store goes to swell the funds of the British Red Cross.

For instance, men who go to buy socks or ties may be served by lady Randolph Churchill or Lady Maud Warrender.

The Duchess of Rutland, Lady Anglesey, Lady Curzon, Lady Diana Manners, and Miss Cunard will attend at the jewellery counters.

Miss Ethel Levey and Miss Dorothy Minto will explain the beauties of the very “nuttiest” thing in men’s shirts; Lady Alexander and Miss Gertie Millar are in the fruit and flower department.

You may buy your lace from Miss Margaret Cooper, your groceries from LadyFripp, a fan from Miss Gladys Cooper, a box of cigars from Lady Astbury, and a box of Christmas crackers from Miss Gabrielle Ray or Miss Iris Hoey.

It is not a bazaar; everyday prices rule. The sales-women will have a collecting box and if any customer should feel inclined to pay a little more than the marked price of his purchase, well – all that is put into the collecting boxes goes direct to the Red Cross.

The Daily Mirror, 1st December 1915

Red Cross Day at Harrods – The Times – 1915

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Betty – The Daily Mirror – 1915

Betty - Daily Mirror - Monday 27 September 1915


I hear that there is to be another interesting return to the stage. This time it is Miss Gabrielle Ray. She is to take up the part of Estelle in “Betty” in about a fortnight’s tome, as Miss Mable Sealby is leaving to rehearse for the new play at the Adelphi. Not so very long ago Miss Ray was the picture postcard favourite. One form alone sold over 10,000,000 of them. She made her name in “The Belle of New York” when it was on tour in 1899, and she reached the zenith of her popularity in the scene at Maxim’s of “The Merry Widow.”

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