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 Daily Herald – Tuesday 7th March 1911

A Huge Programme.

The greatest interest is being taken in the special matinee be given Thursday week at the Empire on behalf Mrs. Hitchens, widow the late manager of the hall. The demand for seats is already large, and it is hoped the function will meet with financial success, as Mrs. Kitchens to a large extent will be dependent the result of the performance. Among the many artistes who have volunteered to appear are Messrs. Arthur Bourchier, Hayden Coffin, Joseph Coyne, Kenneth Douglas. Robert Evett, Harry Grattan, George Grossmith, G. P. Huntley, Harry Lauder, Edmund Payne, and Misses Kate Cutler, Phyllis Dare, Constance Drever, Clara Evelyn, Grace Lane, Olive May, Gertie Millar, Gabrielle Ray, Elsie Spain, and Violet Vanbrugh. One of the principal features the programme be a prehistoric music- hall entertainment, specially written for the occasion. The piece provides vivid study the modern music-hall, judged from an ancient standpoint, and will be played by large company, the most whom are Messrs. George Mozart, W. H. Berry, and Miss Connie Ediss and Miss Millie Legarde.

The Daily Herald – Tuesday 7th March 1911




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Amy Webster – Daily Telegraph & Courier (London) – Saturday 27th March 1909

Before the PRESIDENT.



Lieutenant Owain Edward Greaves, an officer the 3rd Hussars, asked for a divorce from his wife Mrs. Amy Greaves, on account her misconduct with Mr. Eric Loder and Mr. George Jervis Wood. The case stood in the official list one which was be heard his lordship with a special jury, but when came for trial it was undefended.

Mr. Rufus Isaacs, K.C., Mr. Barnard. K.C. and Mr. J. Harvey Murphy (instructed by Messers, Lewis and Lewis) appeared for Lieutenant Greaves, Mr. F. E. Smith, K.C., Mr. Walter Frampton, Mr. Barrington Ward (instructed by Messers, Arthur Newton and Co.) represented Mrs. Greaves, while Sir Edward Carson, K. C., and Mr. Willock (instructed by Messers. Mackrell and Ward) were for Mr. Wood. Mr. Eric Loder, the other respondent was not represented by counsel.

In opening the case, Mr. Rufus Iassacs said that the petition was presented Mr. Owain Edward Greaves, a lieutenant in the 3rd Hussars, against his wife, who was a Miss Amy Webster, who was on the Stage. They were married in March, 1906, and some nine or ten months afterwards Lieutenant Greaves went with his regiment to India. Subsequently it was found that the lady had been staying at hotels at Worthing and Brighton, first with Mr. Eric and then with Mr. Wood.

Lieutenant Greaves, replying to Mr. Isaacs, said he first became acquainted with Miss Amy Webster about August, 1905. She was then on the stage. On March 15, 1906, they were married the Fulham Registry Office. For some time Mrs. Greaves occupied a flat at Twyford mansions, which was provided by witness. The marriage was kept secret, because witness was in difficulty about announcing it, having regard to the position he occupied in his regiment. Subsequently he exchanged into the 3rd Hussars, and went to India, provision being made for his wife while he was absent. During the time he was away they corresponded regularly, and in affectionate terms.

Mr. George H. Warne, proprietor of Warne’s Hotel, Worthing, said that in September, 1907, a lady and gentleman stayed there under name of Mr. and Mrs. Forsyth. They occupied communicating rooms. Emily Francis, who was chambermaid at Warne’s Hotel, said she had identified the lady who stayed the hotel under name of Mrs. Forsyth as the respondent in that suit.

Gilbert E. Smith, a chauffeur, stated that had seen Mr. Eric Loder at Worthing, and had driven that gentlemen and a lady on several occasions. Witness identified the lady as Mrs. Greaves, who was sitting next to her solicitor.

Mary Robertson, chambermaid the Hotel Metropole, Brighton, was then called. She remembered Mr. Wood staying at the hotel with a lady. They occupied communicating rooms.

At this stage Sir Edward Carson said did not propose to ask any questions on behalf of his client, Mr. Wood.

Mr. Smith also said did not propose to ask any questions.

Mr. Percy Hill, assistant manager of the Hotel Metropole, Brighton, said knew Mr. Wood and also the respondent. They had been guests at the hotel on several occasions.

The President: Very well, there must be a decree.

Sir Edward Canon asked that there should be no order as to costs against the co-respondents; there was no allegation that it was known that respondent was married woman.

The President made no order as to costs.

Mr. Isaacs: I think your lordship ought to know that some provision had been made for the wife, and also with reference the furniture of the flat she occupies.


The Daily Telegraph & Courier (London) – Saturday 27th March 1909


Mr George H. Warne, the proprietor of Warne’s Hotel, Worthing, said that in September, 1907, a man and woman stayed at his hotel as Mr and Mrs Forsyth. They occupied rooms 26 and 27, which consisted of a  double-bedded room and dressing-room communicating.

Emily France, a chambermaid at Warne’s Hotel, stated that she found a breakfast tray for two in room 26. .She subsequently identified the lady who accompanied Mr Loder as the respondent, Mrs Greaves.


The Shields Daily News – Saturday 27th March 1909


Eric Loder – Yorkshire Evening Post – 1909

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Gabrielle Ray – the Lord Mayor’s Cripples’ Fund – Herts. & Cambs Reporter and Royston Crow – Friday 8th March 1907

The Lord Mayor’s Cripples’ Fund

There was plenty of fun at Drury Lane on the occasion of the matinee for the benefit of the Lord Mayor’s Cripples’ Fund. The histrionic talent of London combined to produce a fine entertainment – one of that rare kind in which even the smallest part is taken by a master of the art. The principal plum in the pudding was Mr. E. T. Reed’s representation of “A Prehistoric Lord Mayor’s Show.” The distinguished Punch artist’s pictures looked all the more comic for being acted, many well-known scenes being represented. Here we saw the real old red sandstone Highlanders, the fire brigade of the Stone Age, and so on. Preceded by prehistoric Aldermen came the Lord Mayor of the year 10,000 B.C. – and Mr. C. H . Workman tried to look gracious while his coachman, Mr. W. H. Berry, made desperate attempts to be dignified – in skins. Before all galloped the startling figure of Mr. George Growssmith, junr., on a wonderful palaeolithic charger, which had, no doubt, been specially dug up for the occasion. Miss Jean Aylwin cut a fine figure as the Lady Mayoress, and could not but be flattered at having such a charming prototype in the journalist who reported the prehistoric show, represented by Miss Adrienne Augarde. Among other stars in the cast were Miss Louie Pounds and Miss Billie Burke. Other tit-bits in the programme were Mr. Beerbohm Tree and company in “The Man Who Was,” the second act of “The Beauty and the Barge,” by Mr. Cyril Maude, and a dance by Mdlle. Genee, Miss Gabrielle Ray, and Mr. W. Warde. Among the stars which shone brightly were also Mr. Lewis Waller, Mr. H. B. Irving, and Mr. Ben Davis. With such a galaxy of talent no wonder the house was full.

Herts. & Cambs Reporter and Royston Crow – Friday 8th March 1907


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Gabrielle Ray – Electoral Register – 1910

Gabrielle Ray – Electoral Register – 1911

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Gabrielle Ray – Electoral Register – 1911

Name:  Gabrielle Ray

Event Type:  Census

Event Date:  1911

Event Place:  Kensington,  London, England

County:  London

Parish:  Kensington

Sub-District:  Kensington South

Registration District:  Kensington

Gender:  Female

Age:  27

Marital Status (Original):  SINGLE

Occupation:  ACTRESS

Birthplace:  Stockport, Cheshire

Relationship to Head of Household:  HEAD

Record Type:   Household



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

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Iris Loder – The Tatler – Wednesday 26th July 1922

Mrs Eric Loder and her daughter Pamela, sadly Pamela died at the age of 20, Iris and Eric Loder were divorced in 1928

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Roy Sambourne – The Tatler – Wednesday 3rd December 1930

Mrs. Oscar Lewisohn, who will ever be Edna May to her public, and Mr. Roy Sambourne, a son of the famous Lindley Sambourne, the artist,

were having an out of season game of croquet at Mr. Howard Gould’s beautiful home, Mongewell Park, near Wallingford.

The Tatler,  Wednesday 3rd December 1930

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Little Bradford Mites on a London Stage

Little Bradford Mites on a London Stage

 A Brief and Joyous Sequel to Pantomime.

London, Tuesday Night.

Following Miss Gabrielle Ray through a labyrinth of passages behind the scenes at the Palladium, this afternoon, I came upon a sight which seldom meets the eye in a theatre.

Ten little girls were busily munching buns and drinking tea.

They were some of the little ones who did so well in the Bradford Prince’s Theatre pantomime that Miss Ray has brought them to London, partly as a treat, and here they are winning hearts at the Palladium, as they did in Bradford.

You have not much time to spare when you are “working” at the Palladium. There is a matinee every day, and two “houses” a night. So one was not surprised to see the Bradford kiddies feeding away with the make-up on their cheeks.

A merry party they were, shouting and laughing to the distraction of their kind-hearted “matron,” who confessed that her charges are a real handful. Eight of them are “pure Bradford,” born and bred, and have never seen London before. They are staying until Sunday week, they told me in chorus.

“Then where are you going?” I asked. Faces fell. Evidently it is not a popular prospect. The reply was still in chorus, but pianissimo, “Back to Bradford.”

The children are staying in a comfortable hotel, not very far from the theatre, and some of them say they know the way there alone already. In the morning they have to concentrate, as much as they can in their whirl of excitement, upon the awful nuisance of “lessons.” In the afternoon they do their little song and dance, then have tea and then more lessons. In the evening the song and dance come on twice, once at each performance, but by ten o’clock they are in bed.

I believe there was some heart searching when the time came to select from Mr. Francis Laidler’s Bradford troupe of “Sunbeams” who were to come to town; and from what she tells me, Miss Ray had a difficult task in making the choice. The lucky ones are really having a huge treat. They opened big eyes at the sight of so many people; in fact the streets are a source of never ending wonder to them. They are going to be taken to the Zoo, where already in imagination there are all sorts of animals so wonderful that even the Brontosaurus seems as ordinary as the house cat.

And when they get back home? I asked them about that. The little mites seemed rather doleful, for there will be no pantomime. But there is a good deal of philosophy in their little hearts, and they have decided that the only thing to do is look forward to the next one.


Yorkshire Evening Post, Wednesday 24th March 1920

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Gabrielle Ray – Western Daily Mercury, Thursday 11th January 1912

Footlight Romances.

 Miss Gabrielle Ray, the heroine of the first footlight romance of the year, is the favourite of a very large public in London. One of the prettiest and daintiest stars of the musical comedy stage, she has danced her way into all hearts in a score of successes. She shared the popularity of Miss Lily Elsie in “The Merry Widow” and “The Dollar Princess” at Daly’s Theatre, and made a great hit in “Peggy,” which ran at the Gaiety most of last year.

Miss Ray has, however a wider claim to distinction than even her popularity in the theatre gives her. She is the most photographed stage beauty of the day, and when the picture postcard craze was at its height far outstripped all rivals as a postcard favourite. One firm of photographers alone stated to have sold over sever million postcards bearing her photograph during the past few years.

The selfish man who is robbing London of yet another of its most popular actresses is Mr. Eric Loder, a grandson of Sir Robert Loder, Bart; and nephew of Mr. G. W. E. Loder, formerly M. P. for Brighton, and Major Eustace Loder, a well known personality on the Turf. He is an enthusiastic motorist, and is a popular figure at Brooklands.


Western Daily Mercury, Thursday 11th January 1912

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