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 – Bichara – Ritzol Preparations – The Daily Mirror – Wednesday 11th October 1911

MISS GABRIELLE RAY, the famous Gaiety actress, who writes of the Bichara and Ritzol Preparations: “I want to tell you that I think your preparations and perfumes are simply delightful, and that I use them with pleasure.”

Photo. by Fousham and Banfield

Miss Gabrielle Ray’s enthusiasm is shared by leading English and French actresses everywhere. Miss Ellaline Terriss, Miss Irene Vanbrugh, Mrs. Patrick Campbell, Miss Constance Dreyer, Miss Ethel Irving, Miss Elsie Spain, Mlle. Gaby Deslys, Mlle. Polaire, Mlle. Sahary Djeli, and countless others vie with one another in praise of “the delightful Bichara-Ritzol Preparations,” and the reason of this is not far to seek.

It is because the Bichara-Ritzol preparations are, first and foremost, prepared by sound scientific methods; possessing an added daintiness that is essentially Parisian. The Bichara-Ritzol preparations afford a certain means of preserving and enhancing beauty. They are based on a profound knowledge of the skin and the phenomena of the complexion; they are eminently pure, and leading medical men speak in high praise of their hygienic properties. They promote beauty by scientific methods -methods already famous all over the Continent, where the cult of beauty is a recognised profession demanding thorough qualifications – which, until but lately, were unknown in this country.

Mme. Rai, the Manageress of the Bichara Institute, in Piccadilly, is just now making an offer which, throughout Europe, is without parallel in the history of beauty culture. Her experience has been long and comprehensive, and she is convinced that the only certain way of affording to all women a full realisation of the beneficient qualities of the Bichara-Ritzol Preparations is that they should make a personal trial. To this end she offers a complete outfit of the Bichara-Ritzol Preparations and Specialities, in sufficient quantity, for a week’s full treatment

FREE TO ALL

who fill in the attached coupon and forward it to her – the only stipulation being that a P.O. for sixpence should be enclosed as evidence of good faith, which amount may be deducted from the cost of the first purchases. The preparations are contained in a dainty casket, accompanied by a copy of “The Golden Key,” Madame Rai’s invaluable treatise; and a personal letter of advice, the whole being enclosed in a plain, sealed box.

The Casket includes: Ritzol Skin Food, a preparation for use at night, whose emollient qualities obviate blemishes and restore to the face youthful roundness; Lait Veloute, Ritzol Cream, Ritzol Poudre – for the day toilet, the Veloute and Cream to give velvety freshness to the complexion, the powder adding a smooth sheen; Ritzol Concentrated Floral Perfume, a perennial scent; Ritzol Tooth Powder, giving pearly whiteness to the teeth and firmness to the gums.

 

The Daily Mirror – Wednesday 11th October 1911

 

 

The Merry Widow (Rotary 11700 C)

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Gabrielle Ray – The Merry Widow – The Illustrated Sporting and Dramatic News – Saturday 23rd November 1907

Gabrielle Ray (Rotary 4984 C)

Diabolo (Rotary 4879 G)

Gabrielle Ray (Rotary 4984 J)

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Gabrielle Ray – Munsey’s Magazine – v38, 1907 – 1908

Gabrielle Ray, the much photographed English actress,

now appearing as Frou Frou in the London production of “The Merry Widow.”

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Lily Elsie (Rotary 4827 C)

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

“THE MERRY WIDOW’S” SUCCESSOR.

£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.

 

FASCINATING COUNTESS

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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Constance Drever – The Merry Widow – The Tatler – Wednesday 22nd September 1909

MISS CONSTANCE DREVER AND M. DE FREYN

Dancing the celebrated waltz from “La Veuve Joyeuse” at the Apollo Theatre. So successful has the French “Merry Widow” become that it will be played right through the autumn and winter season. Miss Drever has become a great favourite with Parisian audiences.

The Tatler – Wednesday 22nd September 1909

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Constance Drever – The Merry Widow – The Illustrated London News – Saturday 25th July 1908

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Constance Drever – The Merry Widow – The Illustrated Sporting and Dramatic News – Saturday 29th May 1909

The Dancing Girls.

Miss Constance Drever, the well-known London artist, in the title-role.        Mdlle. Therese Cernay, as the Ambassadress.

THE PRODUCTION OF THE “MERRY WIDOW” (“LA VEUVE JOYEUSE”) AT THE APOLLO THEATRE, PARIS.

 

A French contemporary says that this long-awaited production follows 2,400 representations of the work in Germany and Austria, 3,000 in England, and 3,500 in America.

The Illustrated Sporting and Dramatic News – Saturday 29th May 1909

 

 

 

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Constance Drever – Sonia – The Merry Widow (Dover Street Studios 3600 – 4)


Constance Drever, born Annette Constance Scott Drever in Coonoor, Madras, India, 19th September 1879 to 2nd September 1948 in Canada. She took over the role of Natalie, the Merry Widow at Daly’s Theatre in April 1908 then as Sonia in July the same year when Lily Elsie was on holiday. Later she performed the title role in 1909 at the Apollo Theatre, Paris.

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Constance Drever – The Merry Widow – The Sphere – Saturday 18th July 1908

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