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 – Marriage – The Leicester Daily Mercury – Friday 1st March 1912




The marriage of Miss Gabrielle Ray, musical comedy actress, to Mr. Eric Loder, which was to have taken place at Windsor Roman Catholic Church yesterday, was solemnised there this morning. The bride motored from London with another lady. Only a few people were present at the ceremony.


The Leicester Daily Mercury – Friday 1st March 1912


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Gabrielle Ray – Lord Mayor’s Cripples Fund – The Tatler – Wednesday 27th February 1907



TUESDAY, MARCH 5th, 1907.

 A MATINEE will be given (by kind permission of Mr. Arthur Collins and the Directors) in Aid of the


Lady Bancroft will say a few words.

Miss Winifred Emery will recite an address, specially written by Captain

 Robert Marshall.

Mr. Tree and Company, including. Miss Constance Collier, will appear in


Mr. Cyril Maude and his original Company, including Miss Jessie Batemam,

In the Second Act of “THE BEAUTY AND THE BARGE.”

Mr. Edward Terry and a distinguished Company in the Trial Scene from


Miss Violet Vanbrugh,

Supported by Mr. Chas. V. France and Miss Dorothy Thomas, in the

Sleep- Walking Scene from “MACBETH.”

A Grand Pot-Pourri of the Pantomime “SINDBAD,”

Arranged by Mr. Arthur Collins,


Mr. Walter Passmore.   Mr. Harry Fragson.

Mr. Harry Randall.   Mr. Fred Emney.

Messrs. Drew and Alders.   Miss Queenie Leighton.

Miss Florence Warde.   Miss Marie George.


arranged by Mr. E. T. Reed, of “Punch,”

in which will appear amongst others

Mr. W. H. Berry.                Mr. Arthur Williams.

Mr. W. Louis Bradfield.            Mr. C. Herbert Workman

Mr. Joseph Coyne.        Mr. J. A. Warden.

Mr. Robert Evett.           Miss Jean Aylwin.

Mr. Aubrey Fitzgerald.   Miss Billie Burke.

Mr. Geo. Grossmith, Jun. Miss Kitty Mason.

Mr. Fred Kaye.              Miss Olive May.

Mr. Edmund Payne.           Miss Louie Pounds.

Mr. Willie Warde.        Miss Ruby Ray.

Mr. Lewis Waller will recite.

Mr. Ben Davies will sing.

Mr. H. B. Irving will recite.

Mr. Huntley Wright will sing.

Mdlle. Genee will dance.

Miss Denise Orme will sing.

Miss Margaret Cooper will give a Musical Sketch.

Miss Gabrielle Ray and Mr. Willie Warde in a pas de deux from the


The above ladies and gentlemen are all appearing by the kind permission of their respective Managers.

Hon. Business Manager Mr. Sydney Smith.

Hon. Stage Manager Mr. Ernest D’Aubak.

Musical Director Mr. James M. Glover.

Accompanist Mr. Wilhelm Ganz.

Programme arranged (under the supervision of the Committee)

by Mr. M. V. Leveaux.


Seats can now be booked at the Box Office, of the Secretary, Cripples’ Fund, Mansion House, E.G., and all Libraries.

Prices: Reserved Seats: Private Boxes, £10 10s. and £5 5s. Stalls, £1 1s and 10s. 6d. Grand Circle, £1 1s. and 10s. 6d.; First Circle, 7s. 6d. and 6s.; Balcony, 5s. Unreserved Seats: Pit, 4s.; Amphitheatre, 2s.

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May Kinder




A marriage is reported to have taken registry office yesterday between Miss May Kinder and Mr. Henry J Delaval Astley, son of Lady Florence Willoughby. Miss Kinder made her at the Shaftesbury Theatre “The Arcadians,” and is now appearing in “The Dollar Princess” Daly’s Theatre. She is the daughter Mr. and Mrs. William Kinder, Philadelphia, U.S.A., who belong an old Quaker family. The bridegroom, who is 21 years of age, is, through his father, connected with the Barony of Hastings, and, through his mother, with the Marquisate of Conyngham.


The Nottingham Evening Post – Wednesday 27th October 1909



To historical students it would seem a far cry from the stern Puritan, Oliver Cromwell, to The Dollar Princess at Daly’s Theatre, but the association arises through the recent marriage of Miss May Kinder, a pretty actress at Daly’s Theatre, to Mr. Henry Astley, a member of the Russell-Astley family, whose coming of age a few months ago was celebrated with great festivities at Chequers Court in Buckinghamshire, the hereditary seat of the family. The Astleys do not now live at Chequers Court but they did so for two centuries, and they formerly possessed there all the most interesting memorials of Cromwell that have come down to us. Cromwell’s daughter, Frances, married a Russell hence the interesting association. Miss Kinder is an American from Philadelphia. In The Merry Widow she was understudy to Miss Gabrielle Ray in The Dollar Princess she has been playing the part of Dulcie Du Cros, the Californian girl. Mr. Astlev’s mother was of the Marquis Conyngham’s family, thus having a certain relation with Byron.


The Sphere – Saturday 6th November 1909

A Theatrical Marriage.


Miss May Kinder, whose portrait together with her husband, Mr. Henry Jacob Delaval Astlev, is given here, is a young American actress who until her marriage a few days ago was appearing under Mr. George Edwardes’s banner in The Dollar Princess at Daly’s Theatre. A short time ago, it will be remembered, Miss Kinder appeared as Chrysea in The Arcadians at the Shaftesbury, but she was only lent by Mr. Edwardes until the Daly’s new piece was ready. Her husband, who is only just twenty-one, is the son of Lady Florence Heathcote-Drummond-Willoughby. It is not expected that Miss Kinder will return to the stage now that she is married, which item of news will certainly fill the hearts of London playgoers with regret. There are few so pretty and modest little actresses appearing in musical comedy as Miss May Kinder, and her charming personality and attractive singing voice will be greatly missed.


The Tatler – Wednesday 10th November 1909

May Kinder appeared in The Merry Widow as Zo-Zo in 1908 and understudied Miss Ray whose part, Frou Frou she played in September 1908. She later played the role of Dulcie du Cros, a Californian Girl in The Dollar Princess at Daly’s in September 1909. She resigned her role in The Dollar Princess soon after marrying Henry Astley on 29th October 1909. On 21st December 1912 Astley was killed whilst demonstrating flying at the Balmoral Show Grounds in Belfast. May inherited her husband’s substantial fortune including Chequers, her husband’s ancestral home which she later sold to Viscount Lee of Fareham who, in 1917, presented it to the nation as a country retreat for Prime Ministers (which remains in use today).


Frost, C. (2016) “The Female Stars of Musical Theatre in Edwardian England,” The Lavenham Press, Lavenham, Suffolk. (p172)


The Dollar Princess – Programme – 1909

Stage and Cromwell – The World’s News Sydney, NSW) – 1909




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Roy Sambourne with Edna May and family



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Gabrielle Ray – Ritzol Preparations -The Daily Mirror – Thursday 27th November 1913

There is still time to obtain one of these trial outfits of the wonderful Ritzol Preparations.

So successful was the last distribution, that Bichara de Paris decided to renew the offer, and set aside a further 10,000 outfits for the purpose. These preparations are used and recommended by famous’ actresses and Society leaders everywhere, including Miss Ellaline Terriss, Miss Constance Dreyer, Miss Elsie Spain, Miss Ethel Irving, Miss Gabrielle Ray, &c., &c.

Less than 4,000 Outfits now remain, and those readers who wish to participate in the distribution should at once apply.

Each Outfit is sent in a plain sealed box, carriage paid, and contains a full week’s supply of Ritzol Skin Food for the night toilet to nourish the skin, Ritzol Cream, Lait Veloute, Poudre Ritzol, for the day toilet, cleansing the skin thoroughly and giving it perfect whiteness and a delicate sheen, Ritzol Antiseptic Tooth Powder, Ritzol Concentrated Floral Perfume, a perennial scent, and a copy of the book “ Beauty-its Quest and Conquest.”

Every woman should be interested in a treatment which enables the complexion to retain and enhance its beauty. Bichara de Paris offer


A Confidential Enquiry Form is sent with each Outfit, and if you return it filled in, a simple inexpensive treatment suited to your individual needs is prescribed free of charge.

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Opposite. Burlington Arcade.


Daily Mirror – Thursday 27th November 1913


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William Austin Cook – The Stockport Advertiser and Guardian – Friday 7th December 1877



Before H. Bell (Mayor), W. Williamson, and S. Christy, Esqrs.


Dog Cases. – The following persons were fined 5s and costs, or in default of payment seven days’ imprisonment for allowing their dogs to be at large; – John Thorneycroft Hallworth, Thomas Littler, William Austin Cook.


The Stockport Advertiser and Guardian – Friday 7th December 1877


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Gabrielle Ray – The Burton Observer and Chronicle – 1914








Not a few artists who have achieved fame owe to Mr. Phillips their first real start in the profession. It was he who, at Richmond in “Little Red Riding Hood,” some 20 years ago, gave Gabrielle Ray her first speaking part. The present Marchioness of Headfort, as Miss Rosie Boote, was a member of his “Boy Blue” company about 21years ago; and other prominent people with whom he has been intimately associated are Mr. Dan Crawley, Mr. Huntley Wright, Mr. Bettie Wright, Mr. Will Bishop, the Selbini troupe, the Craggs, the Tribune Trio, Mr. O. B. Clarence, Miss Florrie Ford, Miss Jessie Preston, Miss Queenie Leighton, Miss Billie Barlow, Miss Gertie Gitana, and Miss Eileen Douglas.

It is satisfactory to learn that the bookings during the week at Burton have very good. Mr. Phillips introduced a novelty so far as the local theatre is concerned, of a Wednesday matinee – a departure which has proved eminently successful, while few seats are available for to-morrow.


The Burton Observer and Chronicle – Thursday 15th January 1914

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Gabrielle Ray – The Daily Mirror – Friday 29th September 1911



 Remarkable Support for Madame Rejane’s Liberte Matinee at the Hippodrome.


The list of artists who have expressed their intention of helping Mme. Rejane at the Hippodrome matinee increases hourly.

The following was the complete list at a late hour last night:-

Sir Herbert Tree, Joseph Coyne, Charles Hawtrey, Auguste Van Biene, Cyril Maude, Marie Tempest, Sir John Hare, Lena Ashwell, Granville Barker, Violet Vanbrugh, C. H. Workman, Irene Vanbrugh, Oscar Asche, Lily Elsie, Sir George Alexander, Phyllis Dare, Dion Boucicault, Adeline Genee, Gerald Du Maurier, Gertie Millar, Robert Loraine, Kate Cutler, George Grossmith, Iris Hoey, Arthur Bourchier, Margaret Cooper, W. H. Berry, Florence Smithson, Huntley Wright, Olive May, Alfred Lester, Cecilia Loftus, George Graves, Gabrielle Ray, Albert Chevalier, Connie Ediss, Harry Tate, Clara Evelyn, Arthur Prince, Evie Green.

Many others express themselves as “delighted to give my assistance in any way you may decide.” The booking is so heavy that there is a great possibility of the prices being raised and even doubled. One hundred and fifty pounds worth of seats was booked in an hour yesterday.

Lavish schemes of decoration are being put in hand. The souvenir programme should be unique – a thing of originality and artistic worth.

Signor Leoncavallo has not yet divulged his secret for the performance, but The Daily Mirror learned yesterday that lie had decided to conduct the music from the third act of  “Zaza,” his new opera which has not yet been heard in England.


The Daily Mirror – Friday 29th September 1911


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Gabrielle Ray – The Illustrated Sporting and Dramatic News – Friday 21st September 1934



Memories of the Great Actresses and Stage Beauties of Twenty and Thirty Years Ago



WHAT has become of those people whom we delighted to watch on the stage twenty, twenty- five, and thirty years ago? Their names used to blaze forth in light in front of the theatres. The shop windows in those days were full of their postcards. Their faces appeared on the chocolate boxes, and all the world and his wife went to see them. Some, of course, survive and are big stars drawing capacity houses still. Many are dead, but many are still living, happy and prosperous. They have left the footlights for the fireside. You see them from time to time in restaurants and very often they go to first nights. That is where the playgoers show their loyalty and long memory. The old favourites, as soon as recognised, get hearty applause from the pit and gallery. The theatre public does not forget.

Although such a short time has elapsed between the cessation of the silent films and the triumph of the talkie, one wonders how many people to-day could name quickly twenty big people of the silent screen. Yet any theatre-goer will reel you off scores and scores of actors and actresses whom he remembers, although he has not seen or even heard of them for years.

You have not forgotten Ada Reeve. You remember her with her incisive style and general smartness in “Florodora,” if ou have forgotten much else, Some of you may remember her in a very charming play called “Winnie Brooke, Widow.” Few artists could sing a song with more point than Ada Reeve. A great personality – a woman of treat charm. She is still working and appears in South Africa and Australia with success. Perhaps one day London will see her again.

Many of you remember “The Dairymaids,” and if you remember “The Dairymaids” you will remember Carrie Moore. She left the stage to get married, and settled in Australia. A few months ago she was over here, happy and prosperous, doing a round of the theatres.

One of the most photographed beauties of her day was Miss Gabrielle Ray. Probably more picture postcards of this blonde beauty were sold than of any other actress. “Gabs” Ray was a Gaiety girl – a real one. She was beautiful to look at – slim and lovely, and she was one of the few actresses who had a really distinctive carriage and walk. She wasn’t a great singer but she could dance. When she appeared in pyjamas in “The Orchid” all London went to see her. She had a number, the chorus of which went:-


“She’s a pink pyjama girl all pink and rose

She’s a lovely little lady to adore.

If she’s a pink pyjama girl she’s all rightee

And she’ll never wear her nightie –

Any more.”


Not a great lyric, but it caught on. Perhaps it compares with some of the crooners’ stuff to-day such as:-


“Hocus pocus, Mr. Magician,

Won’t you bring my baby back to me?”

 Pyjamas for women were a novelty in those days and the gilded youth of the day stared its eyes out. Gabrielle Ray is married now and lives mostly in the country. She is some times, though rarely, seen at first nights, but when she appears in a restaurant old admirers flock round her.

Whilst on the subject of clothes, everyone remembers “A Little Pink Petty for Peter,” Gracie Leigh’s song in “Miss Hook of Holland.” Gracie was a great comedienne. She scored her triumphs at the Prince of Wales’s, the Adelphi, and elsewhere, Her husband, Lionel Mackinder, an excellent actor and a grand fellow, joined up the s moment war broke out and was the first actor to be killed in the Great War. Gracie Leigh never quite recovered from this. To-day she lives in a country cottage and is seldom seen. The stage misses her. There is nobody to-day quite like her.

At a first night of a musical comedy recently a little woman with fair hair was smiling excitedly and shaking hands with some friends. She was delighted to see Tom Reynolds, the producer, who happened to be there. It was Pauline Chase, perhaps the best known “Peter Pan” of them all. She is happily married. She lives in Sussex and she has a family, but there is still that same elfin charm about her.

ONE of the great stars of the Gaiety, a girl who reached “stardom” there in practically one night and who afterwards starred in many other theatres, is now the Dowager Countess of Dudley. Gertie Millar was the supreme example of what a musical comedy artist should be. Sing, act or dance, she could do it all. Her entrance to the stalls to-day brings the house to its feet. She still looks just the same, in spite of the title.

If you remember faces and are observant and happen to be at a matinee in the West End you will very likely see sitting near you one of the loveliest women that ever trod the British stage. Hers was another face that adorned the postcards, a face that everybody knew and which compelled admiration – Mabel Love – still beautiful, still attractive, still sees all the shows and very often brings along her daughter, who is a replica of what her mother was at that age.

Another lovely and gracious figure that was the idol of the public – a girl who set a fashion and burst in upon London at the Shaftesbury Theatre. At the never-to-be-forgotten first night of “The Belle of New York” Edna May was the talk of the town. She retired on her marriage, but she still goes frequently to the theatre and she still gets her round of applause. Nobody can remember “The Belle of New York” without remembering Edna May. This was a star who really burst into greatness overnight. Before “The Belle of New York” was produced nobody had heard of her. Next day she was Lon don’s greatest sensation. To-day you would know her at a glance.

One of the most magnetic personalities on the stage for many years became famous at the Palace Theatre. Teddie Gerrard was the embodiment of all that was daring. They even wrote her a song called “Naughty Naughty One Gerrard.” People went mad about her. There wasn’t so much talk about sex appeal in those days, otherwise she would have been im mediately coupled with it.

Teddie is another one who has retired. She has a nice little place in Surrey, with a charming house and quite a bit of ground. She has a villa in Capri and she lives surrounded by beautiful things, and she likes nothing better than to get old friends around her and to remember old times. Nor has she lost one fraction of her great attraction – she is still as compelling as ever.

THE name of Teddie Gerrard recalls that blonde 1 beauty, Gina Palerme. She was a great contrast to Teddie but she was a very beautiful woman. After her days at the Palace she put on a musical show at the Duke of York’s Theatre. So large was the company and so many were there in the chorus that they had not enough dressing rooms, and the chorus had to cross the roof of the theatre on a specially made wooden gangway and dress in two of the rooms comprising the flat which stands at the top of the Duke of York’s Theatre. Gina Palerme lives in Paris to-day.

Olive May, that dark, attractive dancer and soubrette, married into the peerage. She is a regular first-nighter and you will see her pictures under her married name in all the smart papers.

Elsie Janis, one of the really great stars, left the stage when “Mother” Janis died and went into the directing and writing side of the pictures. She is as clever at that as she was on the stage. A year or two ago she surprised all her friends by getting married. She still lives at Phillipse Manor at Tarrytown, New York. This is one of the oldest houses in America. It was built by a Captain Phillips, an officer in the British army, and for some time during the American War of Independence was the Headquarters of George Washington. Elsie adores her beautiful home and divides her time between it and the studios.

Two unforgettable stars whom one frequently sees on the public side of the footlights are Lily Elsie and Joe Coyne. Those who saw it will never forget the first night of “The Merry Widow.” Both of them, of course, were famous before then, but from then on they were on top of the world. Lily Elsie left the stage but has returned now and again to give us a sight of that elegant beauty of hers and it is to be devoutly hoped that she will come back again. She goes to all the shows and people lock around her.

JOE COYNE, one of the most youthful of our actors, must lever be allowed to retire. He is as quick and agile to-day as he was in the days of the “Widow.” He is always walking – he lives at a West End Hotel, and you can see him speeding round and round the Park with the carriage and gait of a boy of 17. Most days you can catch a glimpse of him in one of the most popular West End cafes. He will be eating ice cream, and lots of it. He is one of the great youths of the stage.

Another gracious and beautiful figure with a sweet face and a gentle manner still goes to all theatres. Occasionally she makes appearances on the screen, but you will always find her smiling, happy and proud, surrounded by flowers, in a box to watch her husband Seymour Hicks when he produces a new play. Ellaline Terriss, probably the sweetest natured woman that ever walked the British stage. Still everybody’s sweetheart.

These names spring to the memory. There are many more still living happily and still remembered by those who used to see them. For the public does not forget.

Going a little further back the name of Rosie Boote springs to one’s mind. This famous Gaiety Girl has never lost her love for the theatre. The Marchioness of Headfort to-day, and looking every inch a Marchioness, she is a regular first-nighter.

The beautiful Mary Anderson, one of the loveliest actresses ever seen upon the stage, now lives in happy retirement in very suitable surroundings in the lovely village of Broadway.

Mrs. Kendal, one of the really great names of the English stage, is now Dame Madge Kendal, retired many years, but she still takes the greatest interest in the welfare of her profession. She is always to the fore in any work of charity or in any movement that will alleviate the lot of the chorus girls or the people in the humbler walks of stage life.

Under the joint management of Mr. and Mrs. Kendal scores of great actors and actresses graduated. She and her husband ruled them with a rod of iron, but they made them work and they taught them their business.


LOVELIES OF THE LONG-AGO: Five famous stage beauties of the early part of this century. From the top are Ada Reeve, Gabrielle Ray, Pauline Chase, Gertie Millar and Mabel Love


ELSIE JANIS AND MRS. JANIS: The great Palace star (left) with her manager-mother – from an early photograph. Since the death of Mrs. Janis, Elsie, who is American, has been directing and writing for films.


STARS OF THE PAST: Five more stage beauties of earlier days, from contemporary postcard photographs. From the top are Edna May, Teddie Gerrard, Olive May, Lily Elsie and Ellaline Terriss


The Illustrated Sporting and Dramatic News – Friday 21st September 1934

An interesting article but given the publication date the author is incorrect about Miss Ray as she had divorced in 1914.


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Gabrielle Ray – Divorce – The Daily Mirror – Friday, 24th July 1914


Divorce – The Daily Mirror – 1914

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