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?'

Willian Austin Cook – London Standard – Wednesday 15th February 1893



(Before Lord Justice Lopes and a Special Jury.)


Cook v. Cook and Johnstone. – This was the petition of Mr. William Austin Cook, an ironmaster in Manchester, and a Justice of the Peace, for the dissolution of his marriage, on the ground of his wife’s adultery with the Co-respondent, a chartered accountant, and vice president of the Association of Chartered Accountants. – Mr. Dobbs appeared for the Petitioner, and the Co-respondent was represented by Mr. Shee, Q.C. – The Respondent did not file any answer to the charge. – Mr. Dobbs asked for heavy damages. – Mr. Shee said the conduct of the Petitioner in drawing up a separation deed in which no provision was made for the wife and children was such as to disentitle him to any damages at all. – The Jury returned a verdict that the Respondent and Co-respondent had committed adultery, and they assessed the damages at one farthing. – Upon these findings the Judge granted a decree nisi, with costs.


The London Evening Standard – Wednesday 15th February 1893


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Gabrielle Ray – Divorce – The London Evening Standard – Saturday 17th May 1913



The case of G. E. C. Loder v. E. R. Loder, a wife’s suit for the restitution of conjugal rights, appears on the undefended list in the Divorce Division. Mrs. Loder, better known as Miss Gabrielle Ray, the musical comedy actress, was married in March, 1912, at Windsor. It will be remembered that the marriage did not take place on the day first arranged. A crowd waited at the church, but the bride did not appear. It was subsequently announced that she was too ill to attend, and remained at her flat in London. She began her stage career at eight, and afterwards took chief parts in “The Merry Widow,” “The Dollar Princess,” etc.


The London Evening Standard – Saturday 17th May 1913


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Gabrielle Ray – A Salon of Fragrance and Fashion – The London Evening Standard – Monday 27th March 1911

To Help the Middlesex Hospital

 (Prince Francis of Teck Memorial Fund.)



Harrods have opened a “Salon of Fragrance and Fair Women,” where, under the personal patronage of his Serene Highness Prince Alexander of Teck, leading actresses have volunteered to sell during this week the British Eau de Cologne made by the old British House of Luce of Jersey and Southampton. Messrs. Luce have generously supplied their perfumes free for the occasion, so that the entire proceeds may be devoted to the Hospital Fund. The public will have the opportunity of buying British perfume at ordinary prices from the hands of the fairest ladies of the British stage and incidentally of assisting this most deserving fund. Among the ladies who have so kindly given their services are the following:


Miss Maude Allan, Miss Phyllis Dare, Miss Doris Lytton,

Miss Pearl Autrere, Miss Constance Drever, Miss Olive May,

Miss, Audrienne Augarde, Miss Clara Evelyn, Miss Lillah McCarthy,

Miss Phyllis Bedlles, Miss Madge Fabian, Miss Nancy More,

Miss Chrissie Bell, Miss Audrey Ford, Miss Unity More,

Miss Stephanie Bell, Miss Gladys Guy, Miss Gabrielle Ray,

Miss Lilian Braithwaite, Miss Elvira Hardinge, Miss Gertrude Robins,

Miss Beatrice von Brunner, Miss Iris Hoey, Miss Dorothy Selborne,

Miss Nell Carter, Miss Ola Humphrey, Miss Lily Shepheard,

Miss Dolly Castles, Miss Julia James, Miss Blanche Stocker,

Miss Pauline Chase, Miss Frances Kapstowne, Miss Connie Stewart,

Miss Ivy Lilian Close, Miss Ruby Kennedy, Miss Madge Titheradge,

Miss Cicely Courtneidge, Miss Evelyn Lawrie, Miss Rosalie Toiler,

Miss Laura Cowie, Miss Marie Lohr, Miss Jessie Winter.


The London Evening Standard – Monday 27th March 1911

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Gabrielle Ray – Eric Loder – Empire Day – The London Evening Standard – Tuesday 28th May 1912

Court Circular. BUCKINGHAM PALACE, May 27.


Aix-les-Bains, where the English season is now in full swing, kept Empire Day in festive fashion. The British flag was everywhere in evidence: most of the hotel-keepers offered a “lunch d’honneur” to their English guests, and the Grand Cercle arranged for the evening a special and attractive programme, the outdoor features of which were unfortunately spoilt by unfavourable weather. The visitors at Aix during the past week have included Lord and Lady Belhaven and Stenton, Sir James and Lady Heath, Sir Thomas and Lady Wrightson, Sir Alexander Rochfort (Governor of Jersey), Mr. and Mrs. Eric Loder (formerly Gabrielle Ray). Lady Hillingdon, and Lady Hodgson.


The London Evening Standard – Tuesday 28th May 1912


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Gabrielle Ray – The London Evening Standard – Friday 20th March 1914

In The Wings


There is every probability that Miss Gabrielle Ray will once be the stage in a musical comedy production, the announcement of which is imminent. Recently Miss Ray has been seen about a good deal at the big “fancy dress” dances, which are apparently the rage among theatrical as well as “society” folk just now. Clad in a navel lieutenant’s uniform the dainty dancer who has delighted and bewitched us all at the Gaiety and at Daly’s looks neatest and slimmest “sailor lad” that ever strode a quarter-deck. It is probable that when “Gabs” once more stands in the limelight’s glare it will not be at one of the Edwardes’s playhouses, but at the establishment of a rival manager, when she will be seen in a short “dumb-show” play that will afford her many opportunities for the display of her graceful and agile movements.


The London Evening Standard – Friday 20th March 1914

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The Gaiety Restaurant – London Evening Standard – Monday 18th October 1869



The Gaiety Theatre is already honourably distinguished among all other play-houses in London for its elegance, and for the pains taken by the lessee to secure the comfort and protect the pockets of the persons who visit it. On and after to-day the house will present a fresh attraction in consequence of the opening of the restaurant that has been added to the theatre. The ample space at the command of the architect has been turned to excellent account, and a series of handsome rooms, running from the Strand into Catherine-street, have been erected. There are very spacious cellars, a large cafe, extensive dining, smoking and billiard rooms, and some smaller apartments, where cosy parties of four or five will doubtless often have dinner before, or supper after, the theatrical performances. The restaurant opens into the theatre, and though it may be too much to suppose that the agreeable French custom of adjourning to coffee during the entr’actes will be generally observed, we expect that not a few sensible and thirsty persons will, in future, prefer to stroll for a quarter of an hour from the theatre to the restaurant for a quiet cigar, instead of remaining in their seats to listen to the hammers of the scene-shifters or the preliminary melodies of the orchestra. Comparisons are often drawn between the enormous crowds that visit the French theatres nightly, and the scanty audiences attracted to the English theatres, though they are smaller in size, fewer in number, and cheaper in price than the Parisian houses. Perhaps English managers would be more prosperous if they could contrive to make a visit to their theatres a little less of a penance. The stoutest playgoer cannot but feel sometimes appalled at the prospect of sitting, from seven o’clock till half-past eleven or twelve, in an uncomfortable chair, in a heated atmosphere, cramped as to his arms and legs, with no sort of refreshment but South African sherry and leathery buns, and no opportunity of relaxation except a walk in the streets. In an age when the humanity of the legislature prohibits even the overcrowding of bullocks and pigs on their way to the slaughter-house, surely some voice might be raised against the callous indifference of so many theatrical managers to the comfort and enjoyment of their patrons. It is because we hail with pleasure any change for the better in these respects that we are glad to give publicity and encouragement to the opening to the Gaiety restaurant.


London Evening Standard – Monday 18th October 1869


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