This website is dedicated to the Edwardian music hall
dancer, actress and picture postcard sensation Gabrielle Ray.
Gabrielle Ray was arguably the first of what we might today call
pin up "supermodels". In the early 1900's she posed for thousands
of picture postcards and was widely thought to be the most photographed woman
of her time. The public (both men and women) delighted in her pictures which were as much about extraordinary costumes
as they were about beauty. If you read the backs of these postcards you will soon
see that many people were creating vast collections of them. She was
famous throughout Europe and was called "the most statuesque beauty
that ever appeared on the English stage".
GABRIELLE RAY - A BRIEF BIOGRAPHY
Gabrielle Ray was born in Stockport, near Manchester (UK) in 1883.
She was quick to take to the
stage first appearing in 1893, aged 10, in a production of "Miami" at
the Princess's Theatre in London. She continued touring and acting throughout the
late 1800's until she was spotted in 1903 by famous theatre manager and impresario,
George Edwardes. From that point on she was catapulted into
fame one major London show following another... In 1912 Gabrielle Ray
announced she was retiring from the stage to marry Eric Loder. However,
the marriage was unsuccessful and divorce followed. Attempting to return
to the stage proved a less easy task in 1915 and while she continued to
attempt to revive her career, in the early 1920s she finally
There then followed years of leading a more hedonistic lifestyle
which eventually led to alcoholism and depression. In the late 1930s
Gabrielle Ray was admitted to a mental home in Surrey, where she was to spend the rest of
her life until 1973 when she died aged 90, to all intents and purposes, completely forgotten by the
public that once so loved her.