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 – Holland Park Rink – The Daily Mirror – Monday 29th January 1912


Great Popular Carnival.

WEDNESDAY NEXT, 9 p.m. to 2.30 a.m.

Admission, 2s. 6d.; Skating, 1s.

Prizes for: Ladies Three Prettiest Costumes; Ladies, Three Most Original Costumes; Gentlemen, Three Most Effective Costumes.




Miss Gertie Millar. Miss Jessie Bateman. Miss Grace Lane. Miss Florence Smithson, Miss Gabrielle Ray, Miss Olive May. Miss Millie Legarde. Mr. Edward Royce. Mr. Alfred Lester. Mr. George Grossmith.

Mlle. Maria Carmi, Miss Constance Dreyer. Miss Phyllis Dare. Miss Clara Evelyn. Miss Ethel Dane. Miss Blanche Stocker. Mr. Kenneth Douglas. Mr. George Graves. Mr. Joseph Coyne.

Daily Sessions at 3 and 8.    Admission, 1s; Skating, 1s



The Daily Mirror – Monday 29th January 1912


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Gabrielle Ray – Bichara – Ritzol Preparations – The Daily Mirror – Wednesday 11th October 1911

MISS GABRIELLE RAY, the famous Gaiety actress, who writes of the Bichara and Ritzol Preparations: “I want to tell you that I think your preparations and perfumes are simply delightful, and that I use them with pleasure.”

Photo. by Fousham and Banfield

Miss Gabrielle Ray’s enthusiasm is shared by leading English and French actresses everywhere. Miss Ellaline Terriss, Miss Irene Vanbrugh, Mrs. Patrick Campbell, Miss Constance Dreyer, Miss Ethel Irving, Miss Elsie Spain, Mlle. Gaby Deslys, Mlle. Polaire, Mlle. Sahary Djeli, and countless others vie with one another in praise of “the delightful Bichara-Ritzol Preparations,” and the reason of this is not far to seek.

It is because the Bichara-Ritzol preparations are, first and foremost, prepared by sound scientific methods; possessing an added daintiness that is essentially Parisian. The Bichara-Ritzol preparations afford a certain means of preserving and enhancing beauty. They are based on a profound knowledge of the skin and the phenomena of the complexion; they are eminently pure, and leading medical men speak in high praise of their hygienic properties. They promote beauty by scientific methods -methods already famous all over the Continent, where the cult of beauty is a recognised profession demanding thorough qualifications – which, until but lately, were unknown in this country.

Mme. Rai, the Manageress of the Bichara Institute, in Piccadilly, is just now making an offer which, throughout Europe, is without parallel in the history of beauty culture. Her experience has been long and comprehensive, and she is convinced that the only certain way of affording to all women a full realisation of the beneficient qualities of the Bichara-Ritzol Preparations is that they should make a personal trial. To this end she offers a complete outfit of the Bichara-Ritzol Preparations and Specialities, in sufficient quantity, for a week’s full treatment


who fill in the attached coupon and forward it to her – the only stipulation being that a P.O. for sixpence should be enclosed as evidence of good faith, which amount may be deducted from the cost of the first purchases. The preparations are contained in a dainty casket, accompanied by a copy of “The Golden Key,” Madame Rai’s invaluable treatise; and a personal letter of advice, the whole being enclosed in a plain, sealed box.

The Casket includes: Ritzol Skin Food, a preparation for use at night, whose emollient qualities obviate blemishes and restore to the face youthful roundness; Lait Veloute, Ritzol Cream, Ritzol Poudre – for the day toilet, the Veloute and Cream to give velvety freshness to the complexion, the powder adding a smooth sheen; Ritzol Concentrated Floral Perfume, a perennial scent; Ritzol Tooth Powder, giving pearly whiteness to the teeth and firmness to the gums.


The Daily Mirror – Wednesday 11th October 1911



The Merry Widow (Rotary 11700 C)

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Gabrielle Ray – Ritzol Preparations -The Daily Mirror – Thursday 27th November 1913

There is still time to obtain one of these trial outfits of the wonderful Ritzol Preparations.

So successful was the last distribution, that Bichara de Paris decided to renew the offer, and set aside a further 10,000 outfits for the purpose. These preparations are used and recommended by famous’ actresses and Society leaders everywhere, including Miss Ellaline Terriss, Miss Constance Dreyer, Miss Elsie Spain, Miss Ethel Irving, Miss Gabrielle Ray, &c., &c.

Less than 4,000 Outfits now remain, and those readers who wish to participate in the distribution should at once apply.

Each Outfit is sent in a plain sealed box, carriage paid, and contains a full week’s supply of Ritzol Skin Food for the night toilet to nourish the skin, Ritzol Cream, Lait Veloute, Poudre Ritzol, for the day toilet, cleansing the skin thoroughly and giving it perfect whiteness and a delicate sheen, Ritzol Antiseptic Tooth Powder, Ritzol Concentrated Floral Perfume, a perennial scent, and a copy of the book “ Beauty-its Quest and Conquest.”

Every woman should be interested in a treatment which enables the complexion to retain and enhance its beauty. Bichara de Paris offer


A Confidential Enquiry Form is sent with each Outfit, and if you return it filled in, a simple inexpensive treatment suited to your individual needs is prescribed free of charge.

Send your name and address and a P.O. 6d. to-day.



61, Egyptian House,

170-173, Piccadilly,London,W

Opposite. Burlington Arcade.


Daily Mirror – Thursday 27th November 1913


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Gabrielle Ray – The Daily Mirror – Friday 29th September 1911



 Remarkable Support for Madame Rejane’s Liberte Matinee at the Hippodrome.


The list of artists who have expressed their intention of helping Mme. Rejane at the Hippodrome matinee increases hourly.

The following was the complete list at a late hour last night:-

Sir Herbert Tree, Joseph Coyne, Charles Hawtrey, Auguste Van Biene, Cyril Maude, Marie Tempest, Sir John Hare, Lena Ashwell, Granville Barker, Violet Vanbrugh, C. H. Workman, Irene Vanbrugh, Oscar Asche, Lily Elsie, Sir George Alexander, Phyllis Dare, Dion Boucicault, Adeline Genee, Gerald Du Maurier, Gertie Millar, Robert Loraine, Kate Cutler, George Grossmith, Iris Hoey, Arthur Bourchier, Margaret Cooper, W. H. Berry, Florence Smithson, Huntley Wright, Olive May, Alfred Lester, Cecilia Loftus, George Graves, Gabrielle Ray, Albert Chevalier, Connie Ediss, Harry Tate, Clara Evelyn, Arthur Prince, Evie Green.

Many others express themselves as “delighted to give my assistance in any way you may decide.” The booking is so heavy that there is a great possibility of the prices being raised and even doubled. One hundred and fifty pounds worth of seats was booked in an hour yesterday.

Lavish schemes of decoration are being put in hand. The souvenir programme should be unique – a thing of originality and artistic worth.

Signor Leoncavallo has not yet divulged his secret for the performance, but The Daily Mirror learned yesterday that lie had decided to conduct the music from the third act of  “Zaza,” his new opera which has not yet been heard in England.


The Daily Mirror – Friday 29th September 1911


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Gabrielle Ray – Divorce – The Daily Mirror – Friday, 24th July 1914


Divorce – The Daily Mirror – 1914

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Gabrielle Ray – The Dollar Princess – The Daily Mirror – Monday 27th September 1909


£20,000 Worth of Seats Booked for “The Dollar Princess.”

 £10,000 PLAY.


“The Dollar Princess” promises to rival even “The Merry Widow,” its famous predecessor, in popularity.

It cost £lO,OOO to mount, but £20,000 worth of seats were booked before the curtain went up on Saturday night at Daly’s, and its first performance was a triumphant success.

Nor is this very wonderful. The music was pretty, and of a high class, too; the acting was a long, long way above the ordinary run of musical comedy; the comic element was there, and not forced; the dresses were charming, and the scenery beautiful.

Mr. Edwardes has produced a piece which ought to rim comfortably into its second year.

The plot of the play is simple and hangs on the “almighty” dollar. All the servants at the establishment of Harry Conder, the multi-millionaire, are ruined members of the English aristocracy.



Conder – Mr. Joseph Coyne – engages as housekeeper the Countess Olga (Miss Emmy Wehlen), formerly a lion-tamer. He falls in love with her, and, in spite of all his friends and family can, say and do, insists on marrying her.

Miss Wehlen scored a hit the first moment she appeared, and she never lost her grip on the audience. Her fascination is something quite out of the ordinary, and Miss Wehlen, besides having a fine voice, is a clever and extremely natural actress. Daisy (Miss Gabrielle Ray), Conder’s cousin, picks out John Earl of Quorn for a husband and marries him on the understanding that there is to be no silly love-making.

When he leaves her, however, she naturally follows him and all is well. Miss Gabrielle Ray and Basil Foster make a fine pair, and play to each other splendidly. Alice – Miss Lily Elsie – Conder’s sister, falls in love with Freddie Fairfax, the only untitled Englishman of the lot. Alice proposes quite calmly to marry Fairfax, but the latter has some pride left and declines. In the last act we find him a millionaire, having literally struck oil. Alice pretends to have lost all her money, and applies to Fairfax for the post of secretary at ten dollars a month, which was what Fairfax had as her secretary.

Then, of course, all is merry and bright, and the curtain comes down with the pair in each other’s arms.

Miss Lily Elsie scored the greatest success of her life on Saturday night. Her voice, always good, has improved immensely, and her acting is very dainty and polished. Mr. Robert Michaelis also had a great success.

Mr. Joseph Coyne played Harry Conder to the life. Mr. Evelyn Beerbohm was a perfect sketch of an absent-minded dandy; and W. H. Berry was really funny, and, without trying to force the part, kept the house laughing all the time he was on.


The Daily Mirror – Monday 27th September 1909

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Gabrielle Ray – Little Red Riding Hood – 1927

The Oldest Pantomime Producer

 The Castle Hotel at Richmond seems a strange place for a pantomime, but it was there, in 1891, that George Brydone-Phillips began his career as a producer. The cost of the pantomime was £l2O, and an obscure child actress who played the part of Cupid in “Little Red Riding Rood” subsequently became a great musical comedy favourite. It was none other than the beauteous Gabrielle Ray.


“Star” Nursery

Mr. Drydone-Phillips’s companies have long been a nursery for stars. I haven’t space to mention them all, but the list bristles with names as well known as Florrie Forde, Huntley Wright and HildaTrevelyan. He is producing two touring shows this year, and does not agree with the idea that pantomime is dead. “The children,” he says, “will have their fairy heroes in the flesh.”

The Daily Mirror Friday 9th December 1927




“Cinderella” Boxing Day and during the week.

Mr. George Brydon Phillips, who took the Blue Riband for his last year’s pantomime, will again produce the Christmas annual. He is known as the G.O.M. of Pantomime, having over 150 pantomimes to his credit, and he has for the last twenty years produced the pantomimes for Oxford and Cambridge. He has had a long list of famous artistes under his banner, including: Gabrielle Ray. H. A. Saintsbury, Hilda Trevelyan, Queenie Leighton, Huntley Wright, Will Bishop, Lyn Harding, Gertie Gitana, Florrie Ford and many others.

The engagement is for six nights at 7.30 and six matinees at 2.30, the first matinee being on Boxing Day at 2.30. Large applications for seats are being received.

 The Bexhill-on-Sea Chronicle – Saturday 17th December 1927

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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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