Gabrielle ("Gabs") Ray (1883-1973)

Edwardian theater beauty, dancer, singer and personality

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Gabrielle Ray in 1905
Edwardian theater beauty and personality

(1883-1973) - the musical comedy star once described as
'the most beautiful woman in the United Kingdom'

One of the high points of her career must've been her show stopping dance routine at Maxim's, in a production of The Merry Widow. She did a whirling dervish dance on top of a table, held high by 4 men. She performed high kicks, handstands, acrobatic turns and numerous other acrobatics not commonly used by dancers of the day. One can imagine what this was like, if she was dressed 'appropriately.?' She brought the house down with a thundering ovation. 







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