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?'

The Pelican – December 1915

 

NOVELISTS IN KHAKI.

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

BOOKS, ETC. FOR REVIEW.

“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 PELECAN

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

MISS GABRIELLE RAY.

 

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

 

MISS GABRIELLE RAY’S MARITAL TROUBLES.

 FAMOUS ACTRESS IN TEARS.

TROUBLE ABOUT HER LADY FRIEND.

 

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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Gabrielle Ray – Wedding – The Newmarket Journal – Saturday 9th March 1912

MISS GABRIELLE RAY MARRIED.

 

Miss Gabrielle Ray, the musical comedy actress, whose wedding was at the last moment postponed on Thursday, was quietly married on the following day to Mr. Eric Loder, at the Roman Catholic Church of St. Edward, Windsor.

Nothing was known of the ceremony in the town until it was nearly over, and the only people present in the church were the registrar, the organist, the choir boys, and the head-mistress, teaching staff, and some of the girl pupils of St. Edward’s School.

The bride was dressed in a costume of cream serge, trimmed with braid, with a mauve slouch hat and a large fur. She carried a shower bouquet of Parma violets.

The names of the bride and bridegroom we entered in the register as “Eric Raymond Loder, twenty-three, independent means,” and “Gabrielle Elisabeth Clifford Cooke, twenty eight, spinster.”

 

The Newmarket Journal – Saturday 9th March 1912

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Gabrielle Ray – A Present with Pain – The Weekly Dispatch (London) – Sunday 19th December 1920

YULE GIFTS TO STAGE STARS

  Gabrielle Ray, – “A present with a pain.”

 

Last Christmas Eve I received a nice long letter and a big box from an old school chum. The writer explained in the letter that she was sending me two stockings to hang on my bed rail and to be opened on Christmas Morning.

They were beautiful silk stockings packed full of the good things I used to love when at school – apples, nuts, crackers, the toffee called “stickjaw,” some small dolls, and at the bottom half a dozen beautiful handkerchiefs.

I was too ill for the rest of the day to enjoy anything; but I still play with my dolls.

 

The Weekly Dispatch (London) – Sunday 19th December 1920

 

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Gabrielle Ray – Life Off the Stage – The Weekly Dispatch (London) – Sunday 26th May 1912

LAST NIGHT’S THEATRICAL GOSSIP.

Life Off the Stage.

It is curious how quickly the public gives up talking about well-known people once they retire, temporarily or otherwise, from the occupation that has brought them into prominence. One never hears a word of Gabrielle Ray now that she married and gone away, and people have ceased inquiring when Miss Lily Elsie will return to the stage. I would not be in the least surprised if both those Daly’s Theatre actresses found life away from the stage so pleasant that they will never return to the theatre unless as spectators. They would only be following the example of Miss Edna May, who loves the theatre; “but as for acting, no, no, never again, on any terms.” And yet she looks wonderfully pretty now.

 

The Weekly Dispatch (London) – Sunday 26th May 1912

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Gabrielle Ray – Actresses on Holiday – The Weekly Dispatch (London) – Sunday 7th August 1910

Actors on Holiday

Many of the “star” actors and actresses are away out of London now getting a rest and a breath of fresh air. Miss Gertie Millar is at Lytham, her favourite dogs with her, a merry pack of little terriers. Then Miss Lily Elsie is in France, at Le Touquet and Miss Gabrielle Ray is finishing up her holiday at the same place. They are both doing their very best to qualify for the Ladies’ Golf Championship of England.

The Weekly Dispatch (London) – Sunday 7th August 1910

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