Cornelia Otis Skinner was born May 30, 1901 in Chicago, Illinois.  She died July 9, 1979 in New York, New York.  Skinner was an American author and actress. She was the daughter of the actor Otis Skinner and his wife Maud (Durbin) Skinner. After attending Bryn Mawr College (1918-1919) and studying theatre at the Sorbonne in Paris, she began her career on the stage in 1921. She 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 she herself wrote. She wrote numerous short humorous pieces for publications like 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. With Emily Kimbrough, she wrote Our Hearts Were Young and Gay, a hilarious description of their European tour after college. Kimbrough and Skinner went to Hollywood to act as consultants on the film of the book, which resulted in We Followed our Hearts to Hollywood. In later years Skinner wrote “Madame Sarah”, a biography of Sarah Bernhardt, and “Elegant Wits and Grand Horizontals” about the Belle Epoque. She also appeared with Orson Welles on The Campbell Playhouse radio play of The Things We Have on May 26, 1939.


Original Cornelia Otis Skinner Autograph signed on Photo Frame Board. Written by Cornelia: To Dr. A.W. Orusteeu With very good wishes Cornelia Otis Skinner. Approx. size 9 1/8 x 11 3/4 inches. Regular Price – $ 149.99 / Sale Price – $ 74.99.

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