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 – Oval Beauties Rare – The Daily Mirror – Tuesday 29th August 1911


Round Face Becoming the Type of English Loveliness.



There are signs that efforts are being made to establish the “round” face as the true type of English beauty and to condemn the “oval” face, which has for generations been the inspiration of poets and painters alike.

The leaders of the campaign in favour of the round face, according to a well-known male novelist, are to be found chiefly in the ranks of the women novelists, who invariably make their heroines round-faced and describe them as “sweetly pretty” and as preserving “a girlish charm.”

In the course of a letter to The Daily Mirror attacking this new cult, the author, with some temerity, gives a list of popular musical comedy favourites, who represent, he says, the apotheosis of the round-face type.



The following list – in the order of the popularity of their photographs – of ladies of the stage of the round-face type was supplied yesterday to The Daily Mirror by a prominent photographer of London actresses:-

  1. Lily Elsie.
  2. Gabrielle Ray.
  3. Gertie Millar.
  4. Lily Brayton.
  5. Constance Collier.
  6. Marie Studholme.
  7. Tessie Hackney.
  8. Norah Kerin.

“I grant,” writes the novelist, “that they are pretty, winsome, attractive and charming, but they are not beautiful in the sense that the old masters regarded beauty nor as the leading modern artists regard it either.

“The truth of the matter is that round faces are becoming more and more common in Great Britain, and they are now in such a great majority that they are able to take up and popularise the fashions of dress, millinery or hairdressing that best suit their own type of beauty, and the rare oval-faced beauties are forced by fashion to follow them, greatly to their own disadvantage.

“Modern hats, modern hairdressing and modern clothes are all in favour of the round-faced girl, and she has won thereby a purely fictitious reputation for beauty.”

Miss Ivy Lilian Close, adjudged in The Daily Mirror beauty competition to be the most beautiful woman in England, is a striking example, however, of the English admiration for the round-face type.

America, on the other hand, still clings to the oval face type of beauty, the artistic type, the type beloved of the old masters, as is instanced in the case of Miss Katherine Frey, judged to be the most beautiful woman in America.



 “La Gioconda” is yet again another instance of admiration for the long-recognised type of beautiful face – the oval, delicate, finely-chiselled and spirituelle features always given by painters to beautiful women of other days.

That this type of face still has its admirers in England was also instanced by the same photographer who supplied another list of actresses of the oval-face type, the names, as before, being given in the order of the popularity of their photographs:-

  1. Phyllis Dare,
  2. Julia Neilson.
  3. Neilson Terry.
  4. Pearl Aufrere.
  5. Marie Wilson.
  6. Gaby Deslys.
  7. Evelyn Millard.
  8. Grace Lane.

Mr. George Henry, A.R.A., told The Daily Mirror yesterday that the delicate oval face is still the recognised type of beauty in artists’ studios.

“It was also the recognised type in Japan when I was there some years ago,” he said, “and although I only saw two women who possessed the true oval face, all the round-faced women insisted upon their pictures being painted as if they were of the oval type of beauty.”


The Daily Mirror – Tuesday 29th August 1911


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Twenty Million Picture Postcards – The Daily Mirror – Monday 20th February 1905


Boy’s Enterprise Creates a Huge and Still Increasing Business.


Twenty million post-cards in twenty thousand boxes! A thousand post-cards in each box!

That is the stock of a single firm engaged in supplying that large section of the community which collects picture post-cards, and which multiplies by leaps and bounds, not only throughout the country, but throughout the world.

That firm is known as the Wrench Post-Cards, Limited, and it owes its origin to the enterprise of one who was little more than a schoolboy at the time he began the business.

Four years ago Mr. Wrench took a little room in the Haymarket, and with fifty designs and an assistant or two he began operations. In a very short time the headquarters of the Wrench Postcards will occupy a building with close on ten thousand superficial feet of space.

Not less striking is the way in which the fifty original designs have multiplied, for to-day there are altogether fifteen thousand separate and distinct subjects issued by the firm.

Of each of these designs an edition of five thousand cards is usually printed to start with, but it may be reprinted four, five, or even ten times to meet the popular demand. That demand at present is largely in the direction of pretty actresses.

At the head of the list at the moment is Miss Gabrielle Ray, of the Gaiety Theatre. Scarcely less popular is pretty Miss Marie Studholme, the dozen designs of whom have sold to the tune of about twenty thousand postcards.

On the other hand, few men enjoy any great postcard popularity. When a political agitation is on, and he is making one of his great speeches, Mr. Joseph Chamberlain is inquired for, while certain actors, like Mr. George Alexander, Mr. Cyril Maude, and Lewis Waller, enjoy a steady, if small, demand.

Views, however, especially coloured views, never seem to weary the collector, and in the course of a short time reproductions of landscapes which have been painted in oil will be offered to the public.


The Daily Mirror – Monday 20th February 1905


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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 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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Beauty We Admired Yesterday – The Daily Mirror – Friday 4th January 1935


Lady Madcap (Rotary 1939 J)

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Fred Walmsley – Little Red Riding Hood – The Daily Mirror – Thursday 17th January 1935

Panto Stars – Fred Walmsley


In Blackpool, during the summer, Fred Walmsley is an institution. For twenty-three years he has appeared on the pier, and in 1914 Sydney Howard was a member of his company. And Fred is just as much a stalwart in pantomime, as Bradford is agreeing. He is playing Baron Badlotte in “Red Riding Hood” at the Alhambra. This is his twenty-third pantomime. He was at the Palace, Manchester, when Fay Compton made her pantomime debut as Dick Whittington, and he also was in the pantomime at which the famous Gabrielle Ray made a triumphant stage come-back in 1917-18.


Not So Hot!


His favourite pantomime story concerns his early days. It was at a dress rehearsal of “Red Riding Hood.” Artificial “snow” was falling on the stage, the scene being the woods in winter. Red Riding Hood entered and complained how bitterly cold it was, and immediately the Principal Boy followed with a scantily dressed chorus, and sang “In Sunny Havana”! None of Fred’s protests could convince the producer that there was anything amiss in this scene!


The Daily Mirror – Thursday 17th January 1935


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Gabriele Ray – Mother Goose – The Daily Mirror – Tuesday 26th October 1920


Manchester’s Sunshine Ray.


Miss Gabrielle Ray, I hear, has been engaged for this winter’s pantomime at the Palace Theatre, Manchester – Cottonopolis’ gain, London’s loss. Her first “panto” appearance was as Cupid in “Little Red Riding Hood” at the Richmond Theatre, shortly after she had made her debut at the Princess’ as Geraldine in the “Green ‘Bushes.”


The Daily Mirror – Tuesday 26th October 1920


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Gabrielle Ray – Wedding – The Daily Mirror – Saturday 2nd March 1912



 The bride entering the church by the back door.

The bride with her arm on the bridegroom’s shoulder.

 Mr. Astley, Mr. Lacey (who is wearing a bowler hat), and Mrs. Nye.

Choir boy locking the gate to keep out the public.

 Canon Longinotto, who performed the ceremony, arriving at the church.


Although Miss Gabrielle Ray, the musical comedy, stated that her wedding would not take place this week, she was quietly married at St. Edward’s Roman Catholic Church, Windsor, yesterday. The ceremony was fixed for Thursday, but the bride failed to appear at the church, and the bridegroom, Mr. Eric Loder, waited for her in vain. Mr. Lacey gave away the bride, who was attended by her friend, Mrs. Nye. Mr. Astley was best man. (Daily Mirror photographs.)


The Daily Mirror – Saturday 2nd March 1912



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Amy Webster – The Daily Mirror – Saturday 27th March 1909



Miss Amy Webster, the actress, who was secretly married to Lieutenant O. E. Greaves, now of the 3rd Hussars, in 1906, and against whom a decree nisi was granted by Sir John Higham yesterday.

The Daily Mirror – Saturday 27th March 1909


Amy Webster (J. J. Samuels 176)

Amy Webster – Daily Telegraph & Courier (London) – Saturday 27th March 1909

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