She began appearing on the stage at age 10 and started touring with various shows. Some of the shows she appeared in included Little Red Riding Hood, Sinbad the Sailor, and The Belle of New York.
Gabrielle became a favorite of the English audiences who enjoyed her acting and her dancing. It also helped that she had a beautiful face that made her an artist and photographer's dream. Even the King of Portugal was a fan!
Gabrielle briefly retired from the stage in 1912 to concentrate on her personal life, but when that didn't go as smoothly as she had hoped, she returned to her stage career three years later. One of her return appearances was at my favorite place, The Hippodrome!
Her last stage performance was as Mother Goose during a Christmas performance in 1920.
In the years following her retirement from acting, she began to suffer from depression and sliding into alcohol abuse. In 1936, she suffered from a mental collapse and had to be institutionalized for over forty years.
She was buried at Englefield Green Cemetery in Surrey, England.
Gabrielle was married once, to Eric Loder in 1912. It was clear that the marriage was doomed from the start when she didn't even show up to their first wedding ceremony. There are a rumors as to why the very well attended first wedding didn't take place. First, Gabrielle was mad that Loder wouldn't sign a pre-nup so she refused to go through with the wedding. The second rumor is that she was too freaked out to get married in front of thousands of people and preferred to have a small, private ceremony. Either way, they did eventually get married...and then divorced two years later.
On top of being a great actress and dancer, she was also an astute business woman. Instead of fan magazines and posters and things we have now to admire our favorite celebrities, the Edwardian audiences had postcards and Gabrielle appeared on quite a few. She and Lily Elsie both signed exclusive photo contracts for a postcard series, but it was Gabrielle who negotiated a commission that was four times more than the one given to Lily.