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?'

Emmie Wehlen – The Graphic – Saturday 10th April 1909

A CHARMING EASTER EGG-THE NEW “MERRY WIDOW”

 

Miss Emmie Wehlen is now taking the title role in the popular Daly’s piece, Miss Lily Elsie having had to retire to Biarritz to recruit. Miss Wehlen is German by birth, and as late as October last knew not a word of English, which now she speaks with the utmost fluency. Photograph by Dover Street Studios.

The Graphic – Saturday 10th April 1909

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Lily Elsie – The Merry Widow – (Rotary 3296 A)

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Frou Frou

 

Nineteenth-century Europe featured a lot of sophisticated fashions—especially in Paris, a city considered by many to be the fashion capital of the world. Women’s dresses were often made of drooping layers of fabric (such as satin or silk) that rustled as the women moved around, and “froufrou” was the French word coined in imitation of the sound they made. The word made its first appearance in English in 1870 as a noun meaning “rustling.” It later came to mean “ostentatious decoration,” and its usage expanded beyond the world of fashion to other crafts such as architecture and interior design. These days it also shows up as the adjective frou-frou, meaning “very heavily decorated and fancy,” as in “frou-frou designs.”

Merriam-Webster

 

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Lilie Elsie – The Bystander – Wednesday 17th July 1935

AN EVER YOUTHFUL PAIR – LILIE ELSIE AND JOSEPH COYNE

 

In the galaxy of talent brought together by C. B. Cochran for the mammoth cabaret and ball at Grosvenor House, given in aid of the Actors’ Benevolent Fund, there was one incident which recalled the happiest of memories. This was when (see above) Joe Coyne greeted his waltzing partner, Lilie Elsie, for on June 8th, 1907, these two created the roles of Prince Danilo and Sonia in “The Merry Widow,” and so warmly were their efforts welcomed by the playgoing public that the run continued for 778 performances.

 

The Bystander – Wednesday 17th July 1935

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Lily Elsie – The Merry Widow (Rotary 3295 C)

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Lily Elsie – The Merry Widow (A. 303)

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Lily Elsie – The Merry Widow – The Sketch – Wednesday 22nd April 1908

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Lily Elsie as Sonia in The Merry Widow (Rotary 4827)

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Music for all – Memories of Daly’s Theatre – Lily Elsie – July 1924

 

Lily Elsie (J. Beagles 139 N)

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Mary Ridley – The Merry Widow – Jarrow Express – Friday 18th March 1910

A TYNESIDE STAR

 

Miss Mary Ridley, talented young actress who claims Newcastle her home, fulfilling the leading role in Mr George Edwardes’ Company appearing in “The Merry Widow” at the Theatre Royal, Jarrow, during the present week. Miss Ridley, who is only 21 years of age, is granddaughter of the late Thomas Ridley, a well-known barrister at-law in Newcastle, and daughter of Mr Louis C. Ridley, also of Newcastle. At an early age Miss Ridley demonstrated that she was possessed of abilities of a high order in the histrionic art, and subsequently she went abroad, where she studied music for some years. She made her debut on the stage proper fifteen months ago, when she appeared in “The Merry Widow,” under the control of Mr George Edwardes. She was later connected with a company producing “The Dollar Princess,” following which engagement she was selected to take the part Sonia, the Merry Widow, in the present company on tour. Miss Ridley has highly cultured voice of great range, and she acts with a charm and naiveté that bespeaks her predilection for musical comedy, which is her favourite class of play. Although she may be looked upon as one of Newcastle’s latest recruits to the stage, her career has been a distinct success, and already she has earned many splendid tributes by her acting. Miss Ridley, who is great favourite with the other artistes of the company, is very fond of outdoor life and travelling, and her most favoured recreations are riding and golf. She is also fond of drawing, and, of course, of music.

 

Jarrow Express – Friday 18th March 1910

 

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