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 Girl From Kay’s – (David Allen & Son Ltd)

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Gabrielle Ray (Rotary 1677 B)

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Marie Studholme – The Nottingham Evening Post – Saturday 21st March 1908

The Humours of Stage Life.



An actress is, perhaps more than anyone else, before the public, and it not surprising that she has many interesting experiences that not fall to the lot of people in less conspicuous positions. I myself for instance, receive shoals of letters from autograph-hunters, would-be admirers, and other people who would not take the slightest interest in me if I were not on the stage. Of course these letters are frequently amusing and interesting, but I much prefer myself, the letters that sometimes come in serious appreciation my work.

I once received a letter from someone in New Zealand enclosing a photograph of myself, which he wished to have signed. Somehow it was mislaid and six months afterwards I received another letter asking for return the photograph, since he could not get another copy of it, and offering to send two guineas for a charity. Of course I wrote back accepting the offer, and signed the photograph. The reader may judge of my surprise when I received another letter some time afterwards complaining that the photograph had not arrived, increasing the offer to five guineas. A through search revealed the photograph at the bottom of a drawer, but I suspected that we had not yet got the bottom of my correspondent’s generosity, and I did not reply until I received yet another urgent letter, this time enclosing ten guineas.

I am constantly getting letters, again, from a man who, I am sure, must be mad. Last leap year he wrote to telling me be was a married who had lost his wife for a long while, and recently found her in the chorus of the Gaiety. Then, immediately after this statement, went on to ask if I knew of any nice young ladies who would like to propose to him, since it was leap year. He was, he assured me, an eligible young. But this was not all. He then proceeded to say that it was the ambition of his life to motor me down that steep and crowded thoroughfare, Wellington street, Strand, and this he followed up by remarking that I should be grieved to hear the German Empress had cold in her head, and had asked the Czar’s advice about it. I can assure you I have no need apply to the comic papers for light reading of humorous kind.

Another experience I once had was more troublesome. A typewritten latter came for me from a provincial town, in which the writer vowed that he intended to marry me, with my consent or without it. He then made an appointment at Charring Cross Station a week later, and warned that undesirable consequences would follow if I did not keep it. At first I was inclined to laugh off the matter and take no notice of it, but I got more frightened the day before that fixed for the appointment when I received long and very menacing telegram.

I at once consulted my solicitors, and by their advice went to keep the appointment. They, however went with me and remained some little distance apart. I had not long wait before a middle aged appeared and insisted I should go with him to church and be married immediately.

I went with him out of the station, my solicitors following, and the four us got into the four-wheeler we had provided, my would-be husband indignantly protesting against my friends’ entrance. Needless to say, it was not to a church we drove but to a police-station, and I only realised what a dangerous situation had been in when we discovered that my tormentor had a loaded revolver in his pocket.

Some other attentions I receive are almost as extravagant, though not quite so terrifying. There is one man who tramps several miles every night for no other purpose than to see me into my cab. He never addresses me, and in fact does nothing but touch his hat most respectfully me. He has performed this duty regularly for quite long time past, and 1 should quite miss him now if he failed turn up.

Many amusing incidents have happened on the stage during my connection with the Gaiety. I remember one occasion when was still in my dressing-room, when the orchestra struck up the air of one of my principal songs. The other girls taking part in it once took their places on the stage without noticing I was not there. It seemed for time as though there would be a long wait, when Mr. Edmund Payne ran on and shouted to them, “What are you all doing here? Get out!” The audience, of course, roared, and off they marched, returning again with me as soon as I got downstairs.

In another performance a cue was given in the first scene which belonged in reality to the second, so that I and several others who appeared in the scene went the wrong time. Someone fortunately gave the second scene cue for the music to the orchestra, so that the book and the music were quite in keeping, bat the whole plot of the play was spoiled, of course, since we had through the second scene twice over and – to add the confusion – we were supposed to unmarried in the first scene and married in the second. How the audience unravelled the tangle I must confess myself unable to say.

It was interesting to observe what would not probably be expected to be the case, that whenever a piece has long runs, the taste of the audience seems to vary with every performance. One evening it is the songs, and another the dialogue, that catch the fancy; in fact, they never seem to like the same thing two nights together.

One of the most annoying things in my life is the importunity of girls who want to get on the stage. Many have about as much chance of succeeding on the stage as they have of flying, and yet they confidently expect that they will be the top of the tree before they hare been the boards week. They seem to imagine that nothing is necessary for success as actress but the most blatant assurance.


Miss Marie Studholme has long occupied an enviable position in public favour. She is one of the reigning beauties of the day, and her appearances in musical comedy are always eagerly looked for by audiences all ever the country. Miss Studholme hails from the county Broadacres, having been born near Skipton, Yorkshire, and one of her earliest appearances on the stage was made among the bevy of fair ladies who adorned “The Gaiety Girl” at the Prince of Wales’s Theatre in London. Afterwards Miss Studholme was given a number of principal parts at Daly’s and other of Mr. George Edwardes’s Theatres, she played Daisy Vane in “An Artist’s Model,” and other characters, with unfailing success. In Nottingham Miss Studholme is highly popular. She played the title role in “San Toy” here several times, and has also been seen at the Theatre Royal as Lady Betty Clarridge in “Lady Madcap,” Joy Blossom in “My Darling,” and Sally Hook In “Miss Hook of Holland,” the visit last referred to taking place only three weeks ago. The beautiful actress still the most photographed of all the stars of stageland and her picture post-cards sell by the thousand. She has one or two very fine Japanese spaniels and is one of the few artistes who always send their autograph whenever it is asked for. At the same time she encloses request for a small subscription to a Cripples Home in London in which she is interested, but the autograph sent in any case.


The Nottingham Evening Post – Saturday 21st March 1908

Autograph Hunters – The Era – 1909 / 1934

The Postcard Fiend – 1909

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Gabrielle Ray – The Dollar Princess – The Evening News (London) – Monday 27th September 1909

I’m constantly looking through the News Archive for snippets about Miss Ray and the piece below came up, what was interesting was the descriptions of the costumes worn by Lily Elsie, Emmy Wehlen and Miss Ray. Often there aren’t any illustration to accompany the piece but this had two, checking my collection I found two, one of Lily Elsie and one of Miss Ray that correspond with the descriptions, Emmy Wehlen I didn’t have any as she isn’t someone who’s cards I collect. I have added the images below along with the article.





Brilliant schemes of colour allied to the fascinating modes of today may be said to be the leading notes struck by the wonderful display of dress in Mr. George Edwardes’s new production, “The Dollar Princess,” at Daly’s Theatre. As usual, Miss Lily Elsie presents a series of the most lovely stage pictures in her character of the Dollar Princess, and the colours and fashion of her gowns accentuate the alluring charm of her own personality.

A Scheme of White, Blue, and Pink.

White, pale blue and pale pink have always been the three hues chosen as the fitting background of a pink and white skin, blue eves and golden brown hair, and it is noticeable that this charming trio appear in some form in every dress worn by Miss Lily Elsie. In the first act, this popular actress presents the striking silhouette demanded by the mode of the moment, and materialised in a straight tunic of soft white silk, slashed open at either side over it narrow scant underdress, and caught together by broad pocket-like plaques of Wedgwood blue silk embroidered in white.

The Piquant Tennis Dress.

Again the note of blue is struck in the wonderful tennis frock worn in the second act. The laveuse tunic of softest blue silk is turned up in the correct manner over an ethereal underdress of white de mouseeline de soir with entredeux of lace posed above draperies of palest pink chiffon, which give a lovely tint to the muslin. Very piquant is the fashion in which the tunic at the back is formed into a very fascinating sash drapery fringed deeply at the end. A corsage bouquet of pink roses and a most fascinating cabriolet hat of shot-blue satin with narrow velvet strings framing the pretty face and a knot of pink roses nestling at the left side still further carry out this colour scheme of pale-blue and pink.

A Gown of Dazzling Glitter.

Brilliantly scintillating is Miss Lily Elsie’s second gown in the same act, composed as it is of an exquisitely lovely underdress of soft lace, festooned with trails of button pink roses and horizontal bands of pale blue ribbon, worn beneath a glittering fringed stole of diamante chiffon and a long tunic of the like fabric. Draped from both arms and suspended partially from the shoulders is a lovely scarf of pink chiffon fringed with crystal and paste drops. The whole affect is one of dazzling beauty, and successfully conveys the sense and atmosphere of a multi-millionaire princess.

Wedgwood Blue Straw and Blue Roses.

The last act reveals Miss Lily Elsie in a long motor coat of white cloth with roll revers of white silk and a piquant bonnet of Wedgwood blue straw trimmed with a knot of pink roses. The coat is worn above a striking dress, showing the modish cuirass bodice of palest pink mousseline de sole, with a flounce of soft silk and revealing beneath the cuirass a broad band of pale-blue silk, which trims the underdress of chiffon. Again a graceful chiffon scarf of palest pink is knotted round the arms, giving another charming note to this pretty frock.

Pervenche Chiffon Velvet.

Very striking, also, are the gowns worn by Miss Emmy Wehlen. The first dress, of pervenche chiffon velvet, with its sash drapery arranged just below the knees and it’s guimpe of pervenche embroidered lace, is worn with a becoming hat of pervenche satin, trimmed with lovely beige-coloured plumes. In the tennis scene Miss Wehlen first appears in a tunic of pale blue chiffon garlanded with pink roses over a soft blue silk tunic, and a large white feather toque. This is exchanged for a most fascinating evening gown of white silk, with the corsage and panel embroidered in coral and gold, and a most effective touch is given by the striking draperies of black and silver tulle caught in from the shoulders to the arms, and matching the black and silver scarf swathed round the coiffure.

A Picturesque Evening Cloak.

Everyone will admire the picturesquely draped olive green velvet cloak trimmed with gold ornaments worn in the same scene by Miss Wehlen above an exquisitely fitting frock of palest grey-green satin charmeuse with a hint of pink. No will Miss Gabrielle Ray’s coat of pink satin be forgotten, worn above a white chiffon petticoat trimmed with medallion shaped ruches encircling Empire baskets of chiffon roses, and accompanied by the most fascinating Revolution bonnet of gold coloured straw trimmed with a tiny wreath of roses for which a net is substituted afterwards.

The Evening News (London) – Monday 27th September 1909

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Gabrielle Ray (Rotary 11723 E)

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Lady Madcap (J. Beagles 700 S)

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Gabrielle Ray (J. Beagles 814 M)

Gabrielle Ray (Philco 3057 D)

Gabrielle Ray (Rotary 1677 B)

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Gabrielle Ray (Philco 3239 D)

The message on the back from Barbara to Mr J. Charles another collector

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A Happy New Year – Gabrielle Ray (Rotary X.S. 145)

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For Auld Acquaintance Sake – Gabrielle Ray (Rotary 5420 A)

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