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 – Dartmouth and South Hams Chronicle – Friday 8th March 1912

A Picture-Postcard Favourite.

Miss. Gabrielle Ray, married on Friday in the Royal Borough of Windsor, might be called “The Queen of the Picture – Postcard” Something like 10,000,000 postcards, representing Miss Ray in thousands of poses, have been sold during the last, few years. Curiously enough, says the star, women and young girls are the principal purchasers of these cards, and the most popular pose is like one in which the pretty actress is dressed as the boy in Millais’ “Bubbles.” In addition to her picture-postcard popularity, Miss Ray is one of the most piquant personalities on the musical comedy stage. Her voice, though thin and piping, seems to have a peculiar fascination, while her dancing has a quality all its own.

Mr. Eric Loder.

The bridegroom, Mr. Eric is said to be a wealthy young man. He comes of a well-known sporting family, his uncle, Major Eustace Loder, having won the Derby with Spearmint. His brother, Mr. Basil Loder, resigned from the Army four years ago order to marry of Mr. Seymour Hicks’s “Gay Gordon” girls.

Dartmouth and South Hams Chronicle – Friday 8th March 1912

Bubbles (Rotary 4405 C)

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Gabrielle Ray – A Salon of Fragrance and Fashion – The Marylebone Mercury – Saturday 25th March 1911


 Assist the Middlesex Hospital.



One of the most attractive efforts ever made in the cause of charity forms the chief social function of the All-British Shopping Week in London.

Everyone remembers the magnificent work of the late Prince Francis of Teck, and his endeavours to reduce the liabilities of the Middlesex Hospital, Mortimer Street, Marylebone, and neatly everyone has heard of the eminently sensible tribute to the memory of the late Prince in the “Prince Francis of Teck Memorial Fund.” H.S.H. Prince Alexander of Teck has, with characteristic energy, applied himself to carrying on his late brother’s philanthropic undertaking. In spite of his many duties, the Prince works three days a week at the hospital, and there is now every reason to expect that this most deserving and necessary institution will soon stand on a sound financial basis.

The latest scheme to help the Fund is the result of a gift from Messrs. Luce’s of Jersey of over £5OO worth of their British Eau-de-Cologne.

Messrs. Harrods, have placed at the disposal of the Prince a special Salon for the sale of the perfumery, and Miss Gertrude Robins has organised a committee from among the leading ladies of the theatrical profession who will preside at the Stalls of what she happily calls, “The Salon of Fragrance and Fair Women.”

Miss Robins is of course the well-known Actress-playwright. Her performance with Mr. Granville Barker is one of the artistic delights of Miss Lillah McCarthy’s present season at the Little Theatre. Miss Robins comedies, “Makeshifts” and “Pot Luck” are among the gems of English dramatic literature:

Every afternoon from March 27th, the public may purchase perfume from the gracious hands of some of the most distinguished and beautiful ladies of the Theatrical Profession. Never before have so many stars of the first magnitude been associated in the cause of charity, for they represent the cream of the English stage which is the envy of all the nations for the loveliness and grace of its fair women.

There will be no charge for admission to this Salon of Delights, nor will there be any increase in the price of the perfumery.

Luce’s Eau-de Cologne will be sold in the regular sizes from a shilling per bottle. Afternoon teas will be obtainable as usual in the Refreshment Rooms


Among those assisting are : Miss Maud Allan Miss, Audrienne Augarde, Miss Lilian Braithwaite, Miss Nell Carter, Miss Dolly Castles, Miss Pauline Chase, Miss Laura Cowie, Miss Lillah McCarthy, Miss Phyllis Dare, Miss Constance Dreyer, Miss Clara Evelyn, Miss Madge Fabian, Miss Audrey Ford, Miss Iris Hoey, Miss Ola Humphrey, Miss Julia James, Miss Marie Lohr, Miss Doris Lytton, Miss Mabel Love, Miss Cicely Courtneidge, Miss Olive May, Miss Unity More, Miss Gabrielle Ray, Miss Nina Sevening, Miss Madge Titheradge, Miss Rosalie Toiler, Miss Ethel Warwick.


The Salon will be open daily at two o’clock.


The Marylebone Mercury – Saturday 25th March 1911


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Gabrielle Ray – The Lancashire Evening Post – Friday 23rd July 1920



Programme for Week Commencing July 26th, 1920.


GABRIELLE RAY will provide the “Star” attraction at the Empire, Preston, Next Week, and the bare announcement should be sufficient to start the box office on a busy time.

There are few firmer favourites in West End Musical Comedy Circles than this charming singer-actress.

For a short spell she has been persuaded by Moss’ Empires to accept a series of variety engagements at theatres within their booking scope, and Empire patrons will welcome her appearance in this town.

MISS RAY will present a number of artistic vocal scenes, in which she will have the assistance another favourite artist in LESLIE BARKER.


The Lancashire Evening Post – Friday 23rd July 1920


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Gabrielle Ray – Salon of Fragrance and Fair Women – The Daily Mirror – Wednesday 22nd March 1911



 Salon of Fragrance and Fair Women During All British Shopping Week.


One of the most interesting features of the all British shopping week will be a novel appeal to the public to help the Middlesex Hospital, for which Prince Alexander of Teck is carrying on the work upon which his brother, the late Prince Francis, was engaged at the time of his death.

Under Prince Alexander’s patronage, Miss Gertrude Robins has organised a committee of the most beautiful and popular London actresses to sell in aid of the hospital British made eau de Cologne in a “salon of fragrance and fair women” placed at their disposal by Messrs. Harrods. The scent will be supplied free by the makers, Messrs. Luce, of Southampton.

Among the ladies who have offered their services are Miss Maud Allan, the classical dancer; Miss Lilian Braithwaite, Miss Pauline Chase, beloved of Peter Pan lovers; Miss Ivy Lilian Close, Miss Phyllis Dare, Miss Marie Lohr, Miss Lillah McCarthy, and Miss Gabrielle Ray.


The Daily Mirror – Wednesday 22nd March 1911



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Gabrielle Ray – Fashion Postcards – The Daily Mirror – Tuesday 15th March 1910



How Pictures of Actresses Are Used as Models for Dresses.


How is the woman who cannot afford the fancy prices of the great dressmakers to dress fashionably?

The great difficulty of the thousands of women who design their own dresses has always been to keep up with the constant changes of fashion.

Frequent visits to the theatre are one of the best ways, for it is well known that actresses are always up to date in dress, and the germ of a new fashion is often seen behind the footlights before it has been heard of elsewhere.

But many women cannot go often to theatres.

Yesterday a well-known woman-artist who lives in the country told The Daily Mirror the latest way to get knowledge of the newest fashions at an infinitesimal cost. Incidentally she disclosed why it is that the greater number of actresses’ picture postcards are bought by women.

“Every new fashion is at once reflected on the stage, even if it does not originate there,” she said.

“The actress who wears it is at once photographed. The photograph is at once reproduced by the picture postcard people.

“The town girl goes to the theatre and delights in the pretty hats of Lily Elsie, the quaint dresses allotted to Gabrielle Ray, the muff worn by Marie Lohr.

“Then she rushes to buy a picture postcard and sets to work to model her clothes on the same idea, or gets her dressmaker or milliner to copy the style to the best advantage.”

“Generally Lily Elsie and Gabrielle Ray easily lead as favourites with the modern girl,” The Daily Mirror was told. “Ellaline Terriss and Marie Lohr are also great favourites.


The Daily Mirror – Tuesday 15th March 1910



Staging Fashion, 1880-1920: Jane Hading, Lily Elsie, Billie Burke

Staging Fashion, 1880-1920: Jane Hading, Lily Elsie, Billie Burke (Bard Graduate Center for Studies in the Decorative Arts, Design & Culture) (Bard … for Studies in the Decorative Arts(YUP)) Paperback – Illustrated, 31 Mar. 2012

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Eric Loder – The Tatler – Wednesday 26th October 1938

Major and Mrs. Eric Loder have, since the picture was taken arrived back in London. She was the widow of the late Sir Mortimer Davis.


The Tatler – Wednesday 26th October 1938

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Eric Loder – The Tatler – Wednesday 3rd February 1937

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Gabrielle Ray – The Gentlewoman – Saturday 21st December 1912

Letter to “The Linkman.”


MY DEAR MARMADUKE, – On the occasions when my cousin Bill (whom I think you once met at the Bachelors’) wires to me from wherever his regiment is quartered, we usually dine rather scrumptiously, and then go to a musical comedy to digest for supper. Bill’s tastes, you perceive, are simple and military, but since he enjoys himself it isn’t for me to complain. Besides, I doubt whether musical comedy, with all its inanities, is much more dreary than the modern kind of photographic drama, with its endless vistas of middle-class dining rooms. In any case, thanks to Bill, during the last four or five years I have become quite a musical comedy expert, and there has been hardly any piece of importance produced, to which I have not been taken.

About a month ago, the time before last, we went, for instance, to “The Dancing Mistress.” Much of it, I admit, was almost unbearably stupid, but at least there was a certain amount of colour and “go,” some pretty frocks, and one performance which, in its particular class, could hardly have been excelled.

And now, my dear Marmaduke, I come to the lament which is really the point of this letter – a lament for the departure from the musical comedy stage of its rarest ornament. Last night Bill took me to “Gipsy Love” at Daly’s. I thought the piece better than most of its kind: the music was fairly pretty, the dresses and the staging quite pleasing, and there was a foreigner in the cast who played and sang with a distinction which contrasted with the prevalent tendency to squark. But when I remembered other operettas I had seen at this theatre, particularly “Les Merveilleuses,” I could not help being sad. I realised that there would never now be any more of those delightful moments – alas! all too short – when the tedium of the performance was relieved by a dancer of real genius. One never saw half enough of her, though, she was always in a poor part. I believe during the whole of her stage career she never had a chance to show what she could do; but her art triumphed over every obstacle. I had only to imagine her in the cast of “Gipsy Love” to realise acutely what the stage has lost, for, as a dancer, she was the lineal descendant of Kate Vaughan and Letty Lind. And now, of course, you have realised that I am speaking of Miss Gabrielle Ray.

The fact that I should feel like this about the idol of so many thousands of playgoing men is, I think, a perfectly clear indication that underneath her fascination as a woman there was in Gabrielle Ray a basis of real talent. Whenever she appeared one saw something that was perfect of its kind and completely individual, something that one could get nowhere else. And, though she herself was probably more imitated than any other woman on the English stage, she imitated no one. Obviously a born dancer, devoted to her art, she made the poor material too often given her by author and composer, delightful and charming. Always immensely popular, with a popularity that was genuine and not ephemeral, she was yet never adequately appreciated by the public in her character of artist. While the crowd adored her for her chic, her diablerie, the few to whom dancing, as an art, really matters saw in her something beyond this, perceived rarer and deeper qualities, which she shared only with the really great ballerinas of the age.

I was delighted to find that my view of Gabrielle Ray was shared by one of our greatest actresses, a woman of the keenest aesthetic perceptions, whom I met at luncheon recently. Many foreigners that I have met also, particularly Russians and Parisians, who, of course, in these ways are generally more educated than we are, have recognised at once her distinction and originality. Indeed, she has probably suffered far more from being an Englishwoman than if she were a singer. In any other country than ours her qualities would have been recognised by her managers, and she would have been given a chance of achieving success in something more worthy than musical comedy. Alas! that one should have to speak of her career in the past tense, though, of course, we must not forget that our loss has been another’s gain. My evenings with Bill have been shorn – so far as the theatre is concerned – of their happiest moments. Hail — and farewell!


Believe me to be,

Yours very truly,



The Gentlewoman  – Saturday 21st December 1912


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Eric Loder – The Sketch – Wednesday 10th August 1932

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Eric Loder – The Daily Mirror – Monday 4th April 1921



Captain Buckmaster (white shirt) spurting as he nears the end of the journey.

Major Eric Loder, (wearing cardigan) winning his £100 London to Brighton walk wager against Captain Buckmaster (Miss Gladys Cooper’s husband). His time was four minutes under twelve hours, and he finished half an hour ahead of his opponent.

The Daily Mirror – Monday 4th April 1921

Eric Loder – The Dundee Evening Telegraph – Monday 4th April 1921

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