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?'

Gladys Ray – Aladdin – The Era – Saturday 22nd December 1906

Gladys Ray – Aladdin – The Sporting Life – Tuesday 25th December 1906

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Gladys Ray – Aladdin – The Era – Saturday 29th December 1906

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Bessie Ray – The Belle of New York – The Era – Saturday 2nd February 1901

AMUSEMENTS IN GREENOCK

(FROM OUR OWN CORRESPONDENT)

THEATRE ROYAL. – Lessee and Manager, Mr Alexander Wright, – The Belle of New York was performed here at this theatre on Monday by Mr Ben Greet’s No. 1 company. The part of Ichabod Bronson is well filled by Mr Arthur Ricketts. Harry Bronson has a capital representative in Mr Charles Gervase. As Carl Von Pumperknick Mr Peter H. Gardner gives a clever portrayal. Mr Tom Carling is extremely amusing as “Doc” Snifkins. Mr William Pringle makes an excellent Blinky Bill M’Quirk. Mr James R. La Fane is smart as Kenneth Mugg. Messrs Clayton and Gilford acquit themselves admirably as Counts Patsi Rattatoe. William D’Arey is good Twiddles. Mr T. Syme makes a quaint Snooper. Mr W. James is successful as Peeper. Mr L. Jones proves able exponent of Billy Breese. Miss Daisy Semon is very attractive Violet Gray, singing agreeably. Miss Nellie Bowman is lively Fifi Fricot. Miss B. Ease is vivacious Kissie Fitzgarter. Miss Elaine Gryee makes pleasing Cora Angelique. The subsidiary parts are in competent hands, and receive careful treatment from Messrs Alec Chantrens, C. Leonard, W. Smith; and Misses Bessie Ray, Sophie Clarkson, and G. Nelsam. A Chinese dance by Misses Marie Gilbert, Sophie Clarkson, Maud Eaton, and Jessie Vokes, is much appreciated. The play is exceedingly well staged, and the costumes are pretty and effective

 

The Era – Saturday 2nd February 1901

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Bessie Ray – Bonnie Boy Blue – The Era – Saturday 9th March 1895

“Little Bessie Ray” was described as a really talented child, who repeated again and again her taking dances and songs.

The Era – Saturday 9th March 1895

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Bessie Ray – Bonnie Boy Blue – The Era – Saturday 16 March 1895

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Gladys Raymond – The Era – 27th January 1906

Theatrical Gossip.

A slight accident happened at the Theatre Royal, Hull, on Monday night to Miss Gladys Raymond, who was playing in Mr. J. Bannister Howard’s pantomime Aladdin. Upon making her entrance at the end of the trap scene, she fell through the vamp trap, which was about to be secured. She escaped with one or two bruises and a severe shock, but was able to resume her part.

The Era – 27th January 1906

Gladys Raymond – The Stage, Chit Chat – 25th January 1906

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Autograph Hunters – The Era – 1909 / 1934

Twenty-Five Years Ago

October 23, 1909

Chatting with an interviewer, Miss Gabrielle Ray describes the attentions which the implacable autograph-hunters devote to her. She says: “By every post and every foreign mail there flows in a stream of postcards, to which one’s autograph is required, until one wonders where it is going to end. I do not believe a day ever passes without at least fifty cards reaching me with requests for my signature.”

“The Era’s” suggestion then, in order to cope with the autograph nuisance, was to advise the victims to demand a fee of one shilling to be paid to the Autograph Tax Fund connected with the Actors’ Benevolent Fund. This paper’s attitude on the matter has not altered with the passing years, as witness our leading article on the subject, printed in our issue of September 26 last.

The Era, Wednesday 24th October 1934

Autograph Pests – Make Them Pay

Most occasions on which stars of stage and screen become accessible to the public are increasingly marred by the presence and practice of the autograph hunter, whose curious vanity is indulged to an excess that might fairly be described as a nuisance. Any journalist who has tried to interview a visiting or departing star will agree that the autograph hunter has made the job practically impossible, as the star is usually mobbed by a herd of frantic females and ditto males anxious to secure a signature at all costs of insistence. Essentially, it is a form of flattery to be asked for one’s signature, and that, coupled with the natural desire of a public celebrity to avoid giving offence by refusing, accounts for the tolerance shown to the autograph pest. The plague however, has reached a point which, in our opinion, ceases to be flattery, and has become a mere craze for collection, in which it is impossible to distinguish the genuine “fan” from the person who collects signatures with the sole object of amassing a total that will enable him or her to score off other collectors.

It is a practice among the more hardy collectors to send their autograph books by post to celebrities and ask the victim to pass the book round among other celebrities, than which surely impudence could go no further. The scope of the nuisance is indicated in the statement that one American film star, during a recent two months holiday, wrote his autograph 10,000 times.

It is difficult to suggest how the craze might be checked, because it is next to impossible to distinguish between the genuine “fan,” whom the celebrity is usually willing to oblige, and the mere collector of signatures.

We think, however, that ways and means could be found of organising this traffic with a view to making the autograph hunter pay for his cheek and his collection, and handing over the proceeds to entertainment charities. We do not suggest that there should be a scale of charges based on the market values of different celebrities, though the possibility is not wholly remote. But it should not be impossible to establish a system, possibly a central bureau, which would enable the collector to obtain for a small fee the signature that he requires. That would not discourage the genuine “fan,” and when the bureau became generally known, it would enable the celebrity to refer the collecting pest to the proper channel without risk of appearing churlish by refusal. The suggestion is recommended to the consideration of the energetic organisers of our entertainment charities.

The Era, Wednesday 26th September 1934

 

 

June 3, 2016 Posted by | Actress, Autograph, Biography, Gabrielle Ray, Social History, The Era, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Flying Colours – Reviews – 1916

The Era – 16th September 1916

The Stage – 16th September 1916

Illustrated London News – 22nd September 1916

Flying Colours – Facsimile booklet

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Sinbad the Sailor – The Era – 1899

Sinbad the Sailor - The Era - Saturday 30 December 1899

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Bessie Ray – The Belle of New York – The Era – 1899

Bessie Ray - The Belle of New York - The Era - Saturday 05 August 1899 Tunbridge Wells

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