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 – Engagement – Variety – February 1912

It is given out officially that Gabrielle Ray, one of the most photographed women on the British stage,

and by no means the most talented, is to be married to Eric Loder, the well known owner of race horses.


Variety – February 1912

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Gabrielle Ray – Divorce – The Lancashire Evening Post – Friday 24th July 1914





The Lancashire Evening Post – Friday 24th July 1914


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Gabrielle Ray – The Theatrical Garden Party – The Referee – Sunday 1st June 1913




TRULY a wonderful array of attractions will be found at the Royal Hospital Gardens, Chelsea, next Tuesday. Weather or no, the tremendous programme will go on from three to seven unchecked, and no one can possibly get rain drenched, as so many thousands were last year, for this time everything will be roofed in.

The principal attractions – provided include a “meelodram” entitled “The Black Torture; or, Spottem from the Yard,” played by Mr. Cyril Maude and many other “ingredients of the City”; a revue arranged by Mr. Arthur Wimperis, and entitled “The Girl Who Took the Wrong Taxi”; “The Wildest and Worst Menagerie” (managed by the Actors’ Association); a pantomime revue entitled “Hullo! Cinderella!” directed by Mr. Robert Courtneidge; Mrs. Jarley’s Waxworks, managed by Messrs. Louis Meyer and Frank Collins and Miss Vane Featherston; a hat-trimming and hairdressing competition, run by Miss Phyllis Broughton, with Lady Alexander as judge; a Vaudeville Palace, with artists from the London Opera House; a burlesque of “Faust”  by members of Sir Joseph Beecham’s opera company; a Revue a la Mode, presented by certain members of the Empire company; a Shooting Gallery managed by Messrs. Gerald du Meurier and Guy Standing; and a Rickshaw of Roses, from which Mme. Pavlova will sell face powder and perfumes.

Among many other popular people who will assist are Sir George Alexander, Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Bourchier, Miss Winifred Emery, Miss Pauline Chase, Mr. Henry Ainley, Mr. Paul Cinquevalli, Miss Clara Evelyn, Mr. Charles Hawtrey, Miss Marie Lloyd, Miss Lily Elsie, Mme. Adeline Genee, Mr. Lyn Harding, Mrs. Kendal, Miss Evelyn Millard, Miss Neilson-Terry, Miss Gabrielle Ray, Mr. and Mrs. George R. Sims, Sir Herbert Tree, and scores of others, whose names will be found on our back page.

N.B. – Tickets three shillings before the day.


The Referee – Sunday 1st June 1913


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Gabrielle Ray – Divorce – Modern Life – Saturday 22nd August 1914

Eric Loder “Keeps His Word!”

Gabrielle Ray has got her “decree,” and she and Eric Loder have parted for ever. Not much sympathy is usually felt for the parties in theatrical divorce suits, but the Loder-Ray case had certain aspects of an unusual character. We know the secret facts, so can tell frankly. Unlike most marriages of its kind, it was the pretty actress and not the Baronet’s son who was “in love.” Not that Eric Loder was not completely infatuated by his charming spouse before the marriage.

They were both terribly smitten, in fact.

The union didn’t last a year, however, and when Eric finally left his wife it was “for ever.” We told Gabrielle Ray that her husband never intended returning to her over a year ago, but she wouldn’t believe it, and after secured her “restitution” order she waited patiently and broken-heartedly for a full year to see if the wandering husband would return, in spite of our definite information that he wouldn’t. The fact that Eric had left his wife for ever was conveyed in these columns on August 16 of last year. Gabrielle had secured her restitution order in the previous month.


Where Eric’s Intentions are of Keen Interest.

This is what I said: “I learn that there is no probability of Mr. Eric Loder ever returning to Miss Gabrielle Ray. The marriage was one of love without sympathy. A sudden mad infatuation, maintained at a degree of theatrical tension which soon resulted in marriage, was found to be no bond at all when the jars of married life had to be surmounted. Eric Loder, being “in love,” boldly faced social ostracism, and the intense annoyance of his family, only to repent before he had been married a month.”

Under the order Eric Loder had fourteen days in which to return to his wife, and though she waited a whole year he never returned. They often met, however. They were even at picture balls together. But not as in the days of yore. Eric Loder remains one of the stage-door nuts, however. At the Adelphi his “intentions” are a subject of peculiar interest, now that he is free once more.


“Lucky Loder’s” Hard Luck!

Moreover, Eric Loder has just bees relieved of the “advice” of the most powerful of his relations. Poor Major Loder (“Lucky Loder,” they called him at Newmarket) had sympathy with his nephew. Women never had the Major “by the neck.” Eustace Loder was at one time in the 12th Lancers, but having done fifteen years without having seen a gun fired in anger or getting a single day on foreign service, he chucked the Army in disgust, and gave himself over to the Turf, with the wonderful luck which all the world knows. It was Major Eustace Loder who may be said to have sealed the Entente Cordiale.


An Historic “Double.”

That was in 1906, when the French President, Fallieres, grasped his hand, and congratulated him upon winning the Grand Prix with the same horse (Spearmint) which had won the Derby but a few weeks before – the first horse to do this “double” for thirty-tour years! Poor Eustace Loder often referred with some bitterness to his hard luck in never getting an opportunity of useful service during his fifteen years in the Army, and it is surely the keenest of ironies that had he lived another month that opportunity would have been his with his Imperial Yeomanry corps against the forces of the Deutschland!


Modern Life – Saturday 22nd August 1914

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The Pelican – December 1915



Wonderful Story Book of “The Times” Red Cross Fund.

“Famous novelists serving in Majesty’s Forces.” These, and these alone, are the contributors to “The Times Red Cross Story Book. “ There is a story, and a good one, in that fact alone. We shall hope to hear it in full after the war.

Meanwhile, in this volume (published at ls. 6d. by Messrs. Hodder and Stoughton for The Times Red Cross Fund) there is ample evidence that their new experiences have not impaired but distinctly added to their skill in their craft. Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch, A. E. W. Mason. W. B. Maxwell, Compton Mackenzie, Barry Pain, lan Hay, among a brilliant array, give us of their best. One cannot hope, in the ordinary way, to get so splendid a collection of short stories within the boards of one book. And if any inducement were needed to buy, here it is – all the profits go to the British Red Cross Society.

Simply on its past reputation “Winter’s Pie” would be sure of a gleeful welcome by the public. But the “Pie” of 1915, which s now on sale, is even more tasty and nourishing than its predecessors – and it would be hard to give it warmer praise. Twenty leading writers and fifty of our best known artiste contribute the ingredients, all carefully selected and guaranteed first class. Puzzle – find a better shillingsworth. Play-goers cannot do without the Christmas number of “The Pelican” (6d.). They will find it full to the brim of amusing stories by their favourite entertainers, of whom an imposing array, headed by Sir George Alexander and Miss Irene Vanbrugh, appears on the contents list.

The neatest contribution is the one from Miss Gabrielle Ray, who wrote, “Dear Mr. Pelican. – I said I would tell you a story. As usual, I have left things till the last minute, and now you say I shall be too late if I don’t send it at once. Well, I just can’t. And so you see I have told you a story after all, haven’t I?”


The Weekly Dispatch, London – Sunday 5th December 1915


“The Pelican.”

The Christmas number of “The Pelican” follows its usual custom of opening its pages to stories by and portraits of large number of the best known actors and actresses on the London stage The nature of its contents is something of a curiosity, and the “yarns” of its contributors make interesting reading. Although a delinquent, Miss Gabrielle Ray neatly and briefly saves the situation thus: “Dear Mr. Pelican, I said I would tell you story. As usual, I have left things till the last minute, and now you say I shall be too late if I don’t send it at once. Well, I just can’t. And so you see I have told you a story after all, haven’t I”


The Middlesex Chronicle – Saturday 4th December 1915


The Christmas Number is, as usual, replete with lengthy series of storiettes, ny leading members of the theatrical profession, all being more or less in a humorous vein. The contributors include Sir George Alexander, Miss Irene Vanburgh,. Miss Gertie Millar, Lily Elsie, Mr. Seymour Hicks, Miss Gabrielle Ray, Miss Phyllis Dare, Mr. George Graves, and Mr. Haydn Coffin, and many instances portraits accompany the letterpresses matter. This number of the “Pelican” is quite a novelty, and is obtainable at the bookstalls at 6d.


The Grantham Journal – Saturday 4th December 1915


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Old Gaiety Friends – The Weekly Dispatch – Sunday 12th September 1915

Old Gaiety Friends


The two former Gaiety stars, Mist July Elsie and Miss Gabrielle Ray, are both staying in town, and I met them at the same hotel. Miss Gabrielle Ray,

looking very much better than I have seen her for many weeks, was one of a large theatrical crowd lunching at the Carlton the other afternoon.


The Weekly Dispatch, Sunday 12th September 1915

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Gabrielle Ray – Divorce – The London Evening Standard – Saturday 17th May 1913



The case of G. E. C. Loder v. E. R. Loder, a wife’s suit for the restitution of conjugal rights, appears on the undefended list in the Divorce Division. Mrs. Loder, better known as Miss Gabrielle Ray, the musical comedy actress, was married in March, 1912, at Windsor. It will be remembered that the marriage did not take place on the day first arranged. A crowd waited at the church, but the bride did not appear. It was subsequently announced that she was too ill to attend, and remained at her flat in London. She began her stage career at eight, and afterwards took chief parts in “The Merry Widow,” “The Dollar Princess,” etc.


The London Evening Standard – Saturday 17th May 1913


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Gabrielle Ray – Eric Loder – Empire Day – The London Evening Standard – Tuesday 28th May 1912

Court Circular. BUCKINGHAM PALACE, May 27.


Aix-les-Bains, where the English season is now in full swing, kept Empire Day in festive fashion. The British flag was everywhere in evidence: most of the hotel-keepers offered a “lunch d’honneur” to their English guests, and the Grand Cercle arranged for the evening a special and attractive programme, the outdoor features of which were unfortunately spoilt by unfavourable weather. The visitors at Aix during the past week have included Lord and Lady Belhaven and Stenton, Sir James and Lady Heath, Sir Thomas and Lady Wrightson, Sir Alexander Rochfort (Governor of Jersey), Mr. and Mrs. Eric Loder (formerly Gabrielle Ray). Lady Hillingdon, and Lady Hodgson.


The London Evening Standard – Tuesday 28th May 1912


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Gabrielle Ray – 1908

Gabrielle Ray, this picture is dated 1908 when she would have been aged 25,

the stamp on the reverse is for “The Daily Telegraph,” dated 23rd May 1973

which suggests this was used in a news item when she died.

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Gabrielle Ray – Divorce – The Belfast Weekly Telegraph – Saturday 2nd August 1913






LONDON. Monday, – Mrs. Gabrielle Elizabeth Clifford Loder, better known as Miss  Gabrielle Ray, the musical comedy actress, her husband, Mr. Eric Raymond Loder.

The case came before Mr: Justice Bucknill on an undefended suit and ended in a decree being made.

Mr. Barnard, K.C., who appeared for the petitioner, said the marriage took place on 1st March, 1912 at St. Edward’s Church, Windsor, and after the marriage the parties lived together at The Cottage, Goring-on-Thames and also at 18 Wellington Court, Knightsbridge. The marriage for some time was happy one, but they had a mutual friend, a lady, who had been a great friend to them and at times the husband objected to her, while at other times he was perfectly friendly. On 13th January, the husband left his wife. She saw him on the 10th February. There was no quarrel or difference except on that question. He requested that his letters should be seat to his club. The wife, as her husband did not return to her, on the 7th March wrote the following letter to her I husband:-

Dearest Eric – I am writing you once more as I want you to know I have given up – (the lady in question.) I am feeling desperately miserable and want you, my husband so badly. “Jock” misses his old master, I know, and wonders if he will ever see him again. Thank you for the flowers you sent on anniversary of our wedding, but you cannot think how it all hurts, but I suppose it is your way, and I cannot and never will understand this side of you. – Your wife, Gabs.

Mr. Barnard asked leave to omit the name the lady mentioned in the letter, to which his Lordship assented.

The wife, added counsel, received no answer to that letter, and she sent to her husband at his club on the 10th March a further letter which ran:-

Dearest Eric – Why no reply to my letter of last Friday? Surely you might have written. I now write once more asking you to return to me. – Yours. Gabs.

There was no answer to that letter.

The petitioner, who wore a black costume with a white frilled ruche and a black velvet hat, then entered the witness-box. After taking the oath she burst into tears.

In reply to counsel, she said was married to Mr. Eric Raymond Loder on 1st March, 1912, at St. Edward’s Church, Windsor.

And was the marriage one of affection on your part? – Yes.

Did you believe at the time that it was on your husband’s part? – Yes.

After the marriage, continued the petitioner, she and her husband lived together at The Cottage, Goring-on-Thames, and afterwards at 18 Wellington Court, Knightsbridge. Her husband went to Scotland on 13th January this year, and that was the last time she had lived with him. On the 10th February last she saw him again.

Did you live happily with your husband? – Yes.

I believe you both had a mutual friend who was a lady? – Yes.

And at times did your husband object to that lady? – Yes.

At other times was he very friendly with her? – Yes.

The Petitioner, proceeding, said on 7th March last her husband not having returned to her house she wrote the letter which counsel had read. She posted the letter to her husband, and she got no answer to it; and on the 10th March she wrote the second letter, which was handed to her solicitor for delivery at her husband’s club. She got no answer to that letter, and then she commenced the present proceedings.

Mr. Arthur Knapp. Solicitor’s clerk, gave evidence as to the letters being duly sent to the respondent at his club. It was arranged that both letters should be sent to the respondent’s solicitors who had signed an acknowledgement of the receipt of them.

On this his lordship granted the petitioner a decree of restitution of conjugal rights.


The Belfast Weekly Telegraph – Saturday 2nd August 1913

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