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Vintage Art deco 1930s Vintage theater actress — Cornelia otis skinner souvenir booklet

Vintage Art deco 1930s Vintage theater actress — Cornelia otis skinner souvenir booklet

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Vintage theater actress — Cornelia otis skinner

16 page illustrated of her career

Soft cover wrap - 12 x 9 1/4 in

Very nice shape

Info — Skinner was the only child of actor Otis Skinner and actress Maud Durbin. After attending the all-girls’ Baldwin School and Bryn Mawr College (1918–1919), and studying theatre at the Sorbonne in Paris, she began her career on the stage in 1921.

Skinner appeared in several plays before embarking on a tour of the United States from 1926 to 1929 in a one-woman performance of short character sketches which she had written. She also wrote numerous short, humorous pieces for publications such as The New Yorker. These pieces were eventually compiled into a series of books, including Nuts in May, Dithers and Jitters, Excuse It Please!, and The Ape in Me, among others.[citation needed]

In a “comprehensive study” of Skinner’s work, G. Bruce Loganbill (1961) refers to Skinner’s scripts as “monologue-dramas,” which were extensions of the “linked monologues” developed by Ruth Draper. Skinner’s work differed in structure and content, however, as she created and performed full-length monologue-dramas that were based on the lives of historical figures. Such work was described as a “unique” and important contribution to the one-person show in America.[1]

She appeared with Orson Welles on The Campbell Playhouse radio play of “American Cavalcade: The Things We Have” on May 26, 1939.[2]

With Emily Kimbrough, Skinner wrote Our Hearts Were Young and Gay, a light-hearted description of their European tour after college. Kimbrough and Skinner went to Hollywood to act as consultants on the film adaptation of the book, produced as a film of the same name, with Gail Russell playing Skinner. The book was also adapted as a 1950 television series The Girls, in which Skinner was portrayed by Bethel Leslie (replaced by Gloria Stroock).[3]

In 1952, Skinner’s one-woman show Paris ‘90 (music and lyrics by Kay Swift) premiered on Broadway. An original cast recording was produced by Goddard Lieberson for Columbia Records, and is now available on compact disc. In later years Skinner wrote Madame Sarah (a biography of Sarah Bernhardt), and Elegant Wits and Grand Horizontals about the Belle Epoque.

In a 1944 conversation with Victor Borge, Skinner reportedly told the Danish comedian that she decided to drop the term “diseuse” from her act after reading in a Scottish newspaper: “Cornelia Otis Skinner, the American disease, gave a program last night.”

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