Posts Tagged ‘Kitty Mason’


Gabrielle Ray’s birthday, 28 April; views on the effects of motoring on kissing

April 28, 2014

Gabrielle Ray (1883-1973), English musical comedy dancer and actress, who celebrated her birthday on 28 April.
(photo: Bassano, London, circa 1909)

‘The medical specialist who recently had the hardihood to assert that motoring would ultimately put an end to kissing, because it made the lips hard, will find few supporters among lady motorists, who are practically unanimous in describing his prophecy as nonsense.
”’King goes by favor,” said one young lady, ”and perhaps it is because no one will kiss him or take him for a motor drive that the poor man is setting up to be an authority on something that we understand better then he does.”
‘From the many inquiries made recently a Daily Mail representative arrived at the conclusion that ladies will not accept as a scientific fact that statements of the medical pessimist.
”’Motoring will go out of fashion before kissing will,” said Miss Marie Studholme. ”The gold wind makes one’s face hard for a little while, but most of the kissable people in the world are now motoring.”
‘Miss Gabrielle Ray thinks the medical specialist is a very funny man; ”but as I don’t go in for kissing,” she said, ”I don’t know much about hard mouths. I have done a lot of motoring, but very little kissing. At the same time, I think it would be a pity to discourage those who like kissing because it seems to please them very much. If I have by accident kissed anyone I have never heard any complaint about my mouths; but there, you see, I put cream on my face when going out in a motor-car, because before I used to do so the wind made my face very dry.”
‘Mlle. Mariette Sully, the charming French actress at Daly’s Theatre [in <HREF=>Les Merveilleuses], says it is very wicked of the doctor to talk like that. ”If he had said that motoring sops kissing because the automobile shakes so much,” she could understand him; ”but hard lips, oh, no, not at all.”
‘At the Apollo Theatre Miss Carrie Moore [who is appearing in The Dairymaids] holds the same views. ”Motor drives do not make the lips hard. Of course not. Motoring is lovely, and I am sure it won’t put kissing out of fashion.”
‘At the Gaiety Theatre [where The New Aladdin began its run on 29 September 1906] Miss Kitty Mason suggested that motoring will cause wrinkles round the eyes. ”People screw up their eyes when motoring,” she said, ”and I think that must eventually cause wrinkles.” ”Oh, I hope not,” said the other ladies so loudly that Mr George Edwardes had to call for order to allow the rehearsal to proceed.’
(The Grenfell Record and Lachlan District Advertiser, Grenfell, NSW, Australia, Saturday, 27 October 1906, p. 3c)


Sadrene Storri

May 13, 2013

Sadrene Storri (1899-1918), musical comedy dancer
(photo: unknown, probably London, circa 1913)

This real photograph postcard of the dancer Sadrene Storri (otherwise known as Sadie or Saddie Storrie, daughter of Fred and Nana Storrie, both actors) was published by the Rotary Photographic Co Ltd of London (no. A.451-2) about 1913. It was in 1913 that she first made a wide impression for her dancing in The Pearl Girl. She was married in 1915 to George Cecil Murray Tinline (1895-1958), but died at the age of 19 in 1918. For further photographs of Miss Storri taken by Bassano, London, during 1913, see the National Portrait Gallery, London.

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‘HAMMERSMITH: NAZARETH HOUSE. – Through the great kindness and exertions of Mr. Fred Storrie (Staff Manager at the ”White City”) and of his little daughter, ”Saddie,” 275 of the children from Nazareth House, Hammersmith, were a few days ago admitted to the Exhibition and entertained by these good benefactors. To the great delight of the children they were allowed to remain to see the illuminations.’
(The Tablet, London, Saturday, 3 October 1908, p. 554a)

‘Is the Tango Doomed?
‘Very elaborate tango teas are announced for the Palace Theatre next week. Remarkable dresses are expected. Miss Sadrene Storri and Miss Kitty Mason will dance, and Mr. George Grossmith will dance and sing. The prices have been fixed at five shillings, which is quite a ”royal opera” charge for tango teas. Meanwhile people are already prophesying that Christmas will see the beginning of the end, so far as this craze is concerned.’
(The Daily Mirror, London, Saturday, 22 November 1913, p. 9c)

‘Miss Sadrenne [sic] Storri … will remain in the cast of the ”Bing Girls,” having failed to get her release for the new Empire revue.’
(The Daily Mirror, London, Wednesday, 26 March 1917, p. 12a)

‘Dancer Dead. – Admirers of graceful stage dancing will regret to hear of the death of Miss Sadrenne [sic] Storri, of the Shaftesbury and the Alhambra. Great sympathy will be felt with her husband, Mr. Cecil Tinline, an old Etonian, who was recently invalided out of the Cameron Highlanders with shell shock. Miss Storri was only nineteen.’
(The Daily Mirror, London, Tuesday, 30 April 1918, p. 6d)