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 Dundee Evening Telegraph – Monday 20th October 1919

“THE POSTCARD QUEEN.”

Famous Musical Comedy Beauty

To Return to the Stage.

 

The return of a one-time famous musical comedy beauty to the stage is marked by the announcement that Miss Gabrielle Ray will take the part of principal girl at the Princess Theatre, Bradford, this Christmas.

The return of this noted beauty after an absence of several years is likely one of the great events of this year’s pantomime season.

Miss Ray was married under romantic circumstances on March 1, 1912, at Windsor to Mr Eric Raymond Loder, son of the late Alfred Loder, and grandson of the late Sir Robert Loder, Bart.

The marriage ended in the Divorce Court in July of the following year, when Mrs Loder petitioned for restitution of conjugal rights. It was then disclosed that her husband had left her in the January previous, and had not answered her appeal that he should return.

Miss Ray during her career earned the title “The Postcard Queen,” her great beauty being responsible for unprecedented sales of cards picturising her in various poses. It is authentically recorded that one company alone sold between seven and ten millions of her pictures.

Miss Gabrielle Ray, who is her 34th year, made her stage debut as a child of ten at the old Princess’ Theatre. She was associated with many of Mr George Edwardes’ biggest successes, reaching the zenith popularity in the scene at Maxim’s “The Merry Widow.”

 

The Dundee Evening Telegraph – Monday 20th October 1919

 

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Gabrielle Ray – Robin Hood – Edinburgh Evening News – Tuesday 24th January 1922

ENTERTAINMENT

“ROBIN HOOD” AT THE KING’S.

 

If the King’s Theatre pantomime records truly, the days of Robin Hood must have been good old days indeed. It certainly is jolly to see the stage representation with its riot of gorgeous colouring, its many humorous interludes, and those fascinating people who help to chase away our cares – and our flu! Miss Gabrielle Ray, as Maid Marian, takes an honoured place. She is daintiness personified, and she and her juvenile “background” in her crinoline song make a pretty picture. The comedians too, are a lively bunch, and their sallies show that they can keep their humour abreast of topical happenings. The audience last night was very appreciative.

 

The Edinburgh Evening News – Tuesday 24th January 1922

 

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Babes in the Wood – Leeds Mercury – Saturday 13th December 1919

Gabrielle Ray

Miss Gabrielle Ray, the fascinating actress, will step down from the picture postcards into Bradford pantomime.

She will be the principle girl in “The Babes in the Wood” at the Prince’s Theatre.

 Leeds Mercury – Saturday 13th December 1919

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Babes in the Wood – Illustrated Sporting and Dramatic News – Saturday 20th December 1919

Babes in the Wood - Illustrated Sporting and Dramatic News - Saturday 20th December 1919

Miss Gabrielle Ray,

who will be principal girl in “Babes in the Wood,” at the Prince’s Theatre, Bradford.

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Babes in the Wood (J. Beagles 701 P)

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Babes in the Wood – Yorkshire Evening Post – 1920

Babes in the Wood - Yorkshire Evening Post - Friday 20 February 1920

This advertisement shows the final two weeks of Babes in the Wood

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Babes in the Wood – Sheffield Evening Telegraph – 1919

Babes in the Wood - Sheffield Evening Telegraph - Monday 20 October 1919

Gabrielle Ray’s Stage Return.

It is announced that Miss Gabrielle Ray is to be the principle girl at the Prince’s Theatre, Bradford, at Christmas. Miss Ray was married on March 1, 1912, at Windsor, to Mr. Eric Raymond Loder, son of the late Mr. Alfred Loder and grandson of the late Sir Robert Loder, Bart. The marriage ended in the Divorce Courts in July of the following year when Mrs. Loder petitioned for restitution of conjugal rights. It was then disclosed that her husband had left her in the January previous and had not answered her appeal that he should return.

 

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Babes in the Wood – Yorkshire Evening Post – 1919

Babes in the Wood - Yorkshire Evening Post - Saturday 20 December 1919

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Babes in the Wood – Yorkshire Evening Post – 1919

Babes in the Wood - Yorkshire Evening Post - Saturday 18 October 1919

STAGE BEAUTY RETURNS.

MISS GABRIELLE RAY ENGAGED FOR PANTOMIME.

 

Miss Gabrielle Ray, the noted musical comedy beauty, who has been absent from the stage for several years past, is to return. She has chosen to do way pantomime, and has accepted an engagement as principal girl at the Prince’s Theatre, Bradford, at Christmas.

Miss Ray was married, under romantic circumstances, on March 1, 1912, at Windsor, Mr. Eric Raymond Loder, son of the late Mr. Alfred Loder, and grandson of the late Sir Robert Loder Bart.

The marriage, however, though first happy, ended the Divorce Court July of following year, when Mrs. Loder, petitioning for a restitution of conjugal rights, disclosed that her husband had left her the January previous, and had returned no answer to her appeals that he should come hack.

Miss Gabrielle Ray, now about 34 years old, was one of the most noted of “picture post card beauties.” It is said of her that she is one of the comparatively few actresses who never on any occasion resort to the make-up box except for stage purposes. We understand that Mr. Francis Laidler is to pay her a very high salary for the Bradford engagement.

Mr. Laidler says the lady is “more beautiful than ever,” and his troupe of pantomime children, of whom the lady had heard helped influence her to come to Bradford.

The Yorkshire Evening Post – Saturday, October 18th, 1919

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Babes in the Wood (J. Beagles 701 R)

Gabrielle Ray as "Maid Marian" in Babes in the Wood, 1910 / 20  (J. Beagles 701 R)

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