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 – Peggy – The Weekly Dispatch (London) – Sunday 26th February 1911

 

New Gaiety Play.

 Next Saturday evening Mr. George Edwardes will reopen the Gaiety Theatre with the new and as yet unnamed musical comedy by George Grossmith jun. and C. H. Bovill, from the French of Leon Xanrof, with music by Leslie Stuart. This play has been eleven works in rehearsal, and has had to undergo many changes before it pleased Mr. Edwardes. He thinks of calling it either “Pretty Peggy” or “Three Girls,” but may take yet another title instead of these before the curtain goes up. I hear from people in the company that Miss Phyllis Dare will make a very greet personal hit, and that Miss Gabrielle Ray will do the same. They both have personality and charm and are very popular. The comedians are the best the Gaiety Theatre has had – Mr Edmund Payne, Mr. Grossmith jnr., and Mr. Robert Hale. The demand for seats for next is enormous, and, as usual, the Gaiety Theatre will have and audience representative and distinguished.

The Weekly Dispatch London – Sunday 26th February 1911

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The Pelican – December 1915

 

NOVELISTS IN KHAKI.

Wonderful Story Book of “The Times” Red Cross Fund.

“Famous novelists serving in Majesty’s Forces.” These, and these alone, are the contributors to “The Times Red Cross Story Book. “ There is a story, and a good one, in that fact alone. We shall hope to hear it in full after the war.

Meanwhile, in this volume (published at ls. 6d. by Messrs. Hodder and Stoughton for The Times Red Cross Fund) there is ample evidence that their new experiences have not impaired but distinctly added to their skill in their craft. Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch, A. E. W. Mason. W. B. Maxwell, Compton Mackenzie, Barry Pain, lan Hay, among a brilliant array, give us of their best. One cannot hope, in the ordinary way, to get so splendid a collection of short stories within the boards of one book. And if any inducement were needed to buy, here it is – all the profits go to the British Red Cross Society.

Simply on its past reputation “Winter’s Pie” would be sure of a gleeful welcome by the public. But the “Pie” of 1915, which s now on sale, is even more tasty and nourishing than its predecessors – and it would be hard to give it warmer praise. Twenty leading writers and fifty of our best known artiste contribute the ingredients, all carefully selected and guaranteed first class. Puzzle – find a better shillingsworth. Play-goers cannot do without the Christmas number of “The Pelican” (6d.). They will find it full to the brim of amusing stories by their favourite entertainers, of whom an imposing array, headed by Sir George Alexander and Miss Irene Vanbrugh, appears on the contents list.

The neatest contribution is the one from Miss Gabrielle Ray, who wrote, “Dear Mr. Pelican. – I said I would tell you a story. As usual, I have left things till the last minute, and now you say I shall be too late if I don’t send it at once. Well, I just can’t. And so you see I have told you a story after all, haven’t I?”

 

The Weekly Dispatch, London – Sunday 5th December 1915

BOOKS, ETC. FOR REVIEW.

“The Pelican.”

The Christmas number of “The Pelican” follows its usual custom of opening its pages to stories by and portraits of large number of the best known actors and actresses on the London stage The nature of its contents is something of a curiosity, and the “yarns” of its contributors make interesting reading. Although a delinquent, Miss Gabrielle Ray neatly and briefly saves the situation thus: “Dear Mr. Pelican, I said I would tell you story. As usual, I have left things till the last minute, and now you say I shall be too late if I don’t send it at once. Well, I just can’t. And so you see I have told you a story after all, haven’t I”

 

The Middlesex Chronicle – Saturday 4th December 1915

THE PELECAN

The Christmas Number is, as usual, replete with lengthy series of storiettes, ny leading members of the theatrical profession, all being more or less in a humorous vein. The contributors include Sir George Alexander, Miss Irene Vanburgh,. Miss Gertie Millar, Lily Elsie, Mr. Seymour Hicks, Miss Gabrielle Ray, Miss Phyllis Dare, Mr. George Graves, and Mr. Haydn Coffin, and many instances portraits accompany the letterpresses matter. This number of the “Pelican” is quite a novelty, and is obtainable at the bookstalls at 6d.

 

The Grantham Journal – Saturday 4th December 1915

 

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Old Gaiety Friends – The Weekly Dispatch – Sunday 12th September 1915

Old Gaiety Friends

 

The two former Gaiety stars, Mist July Elsie and Miss Gabrielle Ray, are both staying in town, and I met them at the same hotel. Miss Gabrielle Ray,

looking very much better than I have seen her for many weeks, was one of a large theatrical crowd lunching at the Carlton the other afternoon.

 

The Weekly Dispatch, Sunday 12th September 1915

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Gabrielle Ray – The Babes in the Wood – The Weekly Dispatch (London) – Sunday 26th October 1919

GABRIELLE RAY BACK.

 

Miss Gabrielle Ray, formerly musical comedy star, is to return to the stage. She has accepted an engagement as principal girl in the pantomime “The Babes in the Wood” at Bradford, which will open on Christmas Eve.

Her salary is said to be the biggest ever paid for a principal girl in pantomime. Miss Ray has engaged to appear ON THE London music-hall stage at the end of March.

 

The Weekly Dispatch (London) – Sunday 26th October 1919

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Gabrielle Ray – A Present with Pain – The Weekly Dispatch (London) – Sunday 19th December 1920

YULE GIFTS TO STAGE STARS

  Gabrielle Ray, – “A present with a pain.”

 

Last Christmas Eve I received a nice long letter and a big box from an old school chum. The writer explained in the letter that she was sending me two stockings to hang on my bed rail and to be opened on Christmas Morning.

They were beautiful silk stockings packed full of the good things I used to love when at school – apples, nuts, crackers, the toffee called “stickjaw,” some small dolls, and at the bottom half a dozen beautiful handkerchiefs.

I was too ill for the rest of the day to enjoy anything; but I still play with my dolls.

 

The Weekly Dispatch (London) – Sunday 19th December 1920

 

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Gabrielle Ray – Life Off the Stage – The Weekly Dispatch (London) – Sunday 26th May 1912

LAST NIGHT’S THEATRICAL GOSSIP.

Life Off the Stage.

It is curious how quickly the public gives up talking about well-known people once they retire, temporarily or otherwise, from the occupation that has brought them into prominence. One never hears a word of Gabrielle Ray now that she married and gone away, and people have ceased inquiring when Miss Lily Elsie will return to the stage. I would not be in the least surprised if both those Daly’s Theatre actresses found life away from the stage so pleasant that they will never return to the theatre unless as spectators. They would only be following the example of Miss Edna May, who loves the theatre; “but as for acting, no, no, never again, on any terms.” And yet she looks wonderfully pretty now.

 

The Weekly Dispatch (London) – Sunday 26th May 1912

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Gabrielle Ray – Actresses on Holiday – The Weekly Dispatch (London) – Sunday 7th August 1910

Actors on Holiday

Many of the “star” actors and actresses are away out of London now getting a rest and a breath of fresh air. Miss Gertie Millar is at Lytham, her favourite dogs with her, a merry pack of little terriers. Then Miss Lily Elsie is in France, at Le Touquet and Miss Gabrielle Ray is finishing up her holiday at the same place. They are both doing their very best to qualify for the Ladies’ Golf Championship of England.

The Weekly Dispatch (London) – Sunday 7th August 1910

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