Skinner, Cornelia, Otis, 1901-1979

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With Cornelia Otis Skinner as Mary and Roland Young as William.

From the description of William and Mary : radio scripts, 1943 September 30 to 1944 March 23. (Brown University). WorldCat record id: 122648049

Cornelia Otis Skinner was an American writer, monologist, and actress. Born on either May 30, 1899 or 1901 in Chicago, Illinois, Skinner was the daughter of actors Otis Skinner and Maud Durbin. Skinner attended Bryn Mawr College, but left during her sophomore year to move to Paris, where she attended the Sorbonne and studied acting at the Jacques Copeau School and the Comedie Francaise.

Skinner began her acting career in 1921, debuting as Dona Sarasate in the stage adaptation of Blasco-Ibanez's Blood and Sand, alongside her father, Otis Skinner. Skinner went on to establish herself as a well-known stage actress in her plays Will Shakespeare (1923), Tweedles (1923), The Wild Wescotts (1923), In His Arms (1924), and White Collars (1925). In 1925, Skinner wrote her first play for her father, the off-Broadway production, Captain Fury.

Skinner continued writing and toured the United States from 1926 to 1929 performing one-woman monologues. In 1928, she married Alden S. Blodget and had one son, Otis Skinner Blodget. In the early 1930s, Skinner's roles focused on historical women, writing and portraying a range of different characters in The Wives of Henry VIII (1931), The Empress Eugenie (1932), The Loves of Charles II (1933), and The Mansion on the Hudson (1935). Additionally, Skinner earned recognition for her adaptation of Margaret Ayer Barne's novel Edna, His Wife, which toured London in 1937 and the United States in 1938, as well as for the lead in George Bernard Shaw's Candida in 1939. In 1952, Skinner won the Barter Theatre Award for outstanding acting on the Broadway stage. That same year her one-woman show, Paris '90, debuted on Broadway. Skinner played fourteen different characters, celebrating the women depicted by French painter Henri Toulouse-Lautrec. Skinner's final stage performance was in The Irregular Verb to Love in 1964.

After retiring from acting, Skinner continued to write, contributing numerous essays to publications such as The New Yorker, Ladies' Home Journal, Vogue, Life, Harper's Bazaar, and Reader's Digest. Compilations of Skinner's essays include Tiny Garments (1932), Excuse It, Please! (1936), Dithers and Jitters (1938), and Soap Behind the Ears (1941). In the 1950s, three more volumes were created: Nuts in May (1950), Bottoms Up! (1955), and The Ape in Me (1959). In 1948, Skinner published the memoir, Family Circle. Other writing projects included Elegant Wits and Grand Horizontals (1962), adapting material from her one-woman play Paris '90 about the Belle Époque; Madame Sarah (1967), a biography of Sarah Bernhardt; and Skinner's final book, Life with Lindsay and Crouse (1976), a biography of Howard Lindsay and Russell Crouse. Skinner died on July 9, 1979 in New York City.

From the guide to the Cornelia Otis Skinner scrapbooks, 1921-1978, (The New York Public Library. Billy Rose Theatre Division.)

Born on June 12, 1878 in Montreal, Canada, actor and author Arthur William Row moved with his family to Boston, Massachusetts in 1893. He entered Tufts College as a special student in 1897, started writing dramatic criticism for Boston area newspapers, and began his acting career as an extra with Richard Mansfield in The Devil's Disciple before joining the Castle Square Theatre stock company in 1898. The following year, Row appeared in New York in Becky Sharp with Mrs. Fiske, Maurice Barrymore and Tyrone Power, Sr. Over the course of a long career, Row also appeared with Sir Herbert Beerbohm Tree, John Barrymore, Ethel Barrymore, Sir Henry Irving, Otis Skinner, Marie Dressler and Jane Cowl, among others.

As well as acting, Row wrote on theatrical and other subjects for various magazines including Harper's, Bellman Magazine and Poet Lore . He was the press representative for Sarah Bernhardt's 1916 American tour and published a serial about her which he later turned into a book, Sarah The Divine . In 1919 he was a founder and director of the Afternoon Theatre where he produced Maurice Maeterlinck's Aglavaine and Selysette with Eva Le Gallienne and Clare Eames, Moliere's The School for Scandal and Oscar Wilde's Lady Windermere's Fan . The Afternoon Theatre was a cooperative venture that sought to expand opportunities for actors, playwrights and audiences to try new roles by producing seldom seen plays on afternoons without regularly scheduled matinees.

While Row's death date is uncertain, his pen seems to stop in the summer of 1961, shortly after his 83rd birthday.

From the guide to the Arthur William Row papers, 1902-1961, (The New York Public Library. Billy Rose Theatre Division.)

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referencedIn Brown, Gertrude Foster, b. 1867. Additional papers, 1732-1956 (inclusive), 1815-1956 (bulk). Harvard University, Schlesinger Library
referencedIn Ward Morehouse papers, 1877-1966, 1924-1966 The New York Public Library. Billy Rose Theatre Division.
referencedIn Dean, Marguerite, 1891-1978. Playbills and programs, [ca. 1938-1940]. Boulder Public Library
referencedIn Swift, Kay, 1897-1993. The Kay Swift papers, 1894-1993 (inclusive). Yale University, Music Library
creatorOf Jackson, Joseph Henry, 1894-1955. Joseph Henry Jackson papers, circa 1931-1955. UC Berkeley Libraries
creatorOf Skinner, Cornelia Otis, 1901-1979. William and Mary : radio scripts, 1943 September 30 to 1944 March 23. Brown University, John Hay Library
referencedIn Houghton Mifflin Company correspondence and records, 1832-1944. Houghton Library.
referencedIn Souvenir programs of contemporary personalities, 1880-1993. Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University.
creatorOf Grand Theatre Collection (University of Guelph). The Pleasure of His Company / by Samuel Taylor and Cornelia Otis Skinner ; directed by Paul Soles, 1962 - house program. University of Guelph
referencedIn Brown, Gertrude Foster, b. 1867. Papers, 1732-1956 (inclusive), 1815-1956 (bulk). Harvard University, Schlesinger Library
creatorOf Miller, Alice Duer, 1874-1942. Phonorecords of Mrs. Miles Carey [manuscript] ca. 1940. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Scrapbook on opera and theater, 1938-1940. Museum of Performance & Design
creatorOf Schmidt, Karl. Letters, 1883-1937. New Hampshire Newsp Project
referencedIn Shumlin, Herman, 1898-. Papers, 1930-1968. Wisconsin Historical Society, Newspaper Project
referencedIn Theatre Arts Monthly, collection of portraits, ca., ca., 1924-1939 (bulk), 1916-1964 (inclusive). Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University.
referencedIn Belle Krasne Ribicoff papers, 1942-circa 2010, bulk 1945-2004 Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution
referencedIn Komisarjevsky, Theodore, 1882-1954. Promptbooks for productions of Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew, 1859-ca.1900. Harvard University, Houghton Library
creatorOf Vonnoh, Bessie Potter, 1872-1955. Bessie Potter Vonnoh papers, circa 1860-1987 (bulk 1890-1955.). Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Cornelia Otis Skinner scrapbooks, 1921-1978 The New York Public Library. Billy Rose Theatre Division.
referencedIn Additional papers, (inclusive), (bulk), 1732-1956, 1815-1956 Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute
referencedIn Papers, 1899-1960 Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute
referencedIn Alexander Woollcott correspondence, ca. 1856-1943 (inclusive), 1920-1943 (bulk). Houghton Library.
creatorOf Vonnoh, Bessie Potter, 1872-1955. Bessie Potter Vonnoh papers, circa 1860-1991, bulk 1890-1955. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Theater Collection MS 450., 1870-1982 Sophia Smith Collection
referencedIn The Kay Swift Papers, 1894-1993 (inclusive) Irving S. Gilmore Music Library, Yale University
referencedIn Theatrical letters sent to Herbert I. Jackson, 1898-1944. Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University.
referencedIn New Yorker records, ca.1924-1984 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
creatorOf Faversham, Philip. Philip Faversham papers, 1919-1982. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Skinner, Cornelia Otis, 1901-1979. Note [n.d.] San Francisco, to Mrs. [M.R.] Machol [n.p.]. University of Michigan
referencedIn Kirk, Hazel Ida, 1885-1957. Papers, 1886-1957 (inclusive). Harvard University, Divinity School Library
referencedIn Houghton Mifflin Company correspondence, 1881-1981 (inclusive), 1940-1979 (bulk). Houghton Library.
creatorOf Skinner, Cornelia Otis, 1901-1979. Promptbooks for productions of Shakespeare's Macbeth, 1757-ca.1920. Harvard University, Houghton Library
referencedIn Hull, Josephine, 1877-1957. Papers, 1899-1960 (inclusive). Harvard University, Schlesinger Library
referencedIn Philip Faversham papers, 1919-1982 The New York Public Library. Billy Rose Theatre Division.
referencedIn Bessie Potter Vonnoh papers, circa 1860-1991, bulk 1890-1955 Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution
referencedIn Sophia Smith Collection. Theater Collection, 1870-1982 (bulk 1970-1980). Smith College, Neilson Library
creatorOf Skinner, Cornelia Otis, 1901-1979. From Madame Sarah / Cornelia Otis Skinner. Texas Tech University Libraries, Academic Library
referencedIn Flagg, Mildred Buchanan, 1886-1980. Papers, 1876-1955 (inclusive), 1900-1955 (bulk). Harvard University, Schlesinger Library
creatorOf Skinner, Cornelia Otis, 1901-1979. [Letter written by her secretary, Eleanor Walsh] 1967 April 7, New York, N.Y. [to] Roy Jansen, Harrisburg, Pa. / Eleanor Walsh. Office of Commonwealth Libraries, Pennsylvania State Library
referencedIn Romney Brent papers, 1934-1975 (bulk dates 1969-1975 The New York Public Library. Billy Rose Theatre Division.
referencedIn Miscellaneous theatrical papers, 1673-1976. Houghton Library.
referencedIn Taylor, James H. (James Hughes), 1825-1897. Promptbooks for productions of Shakespeare's The Tempest, 1843-ca.1900's Harvard University, Houghton Library
referencedIn Skinner family. Papers of the Skinner family, 1874-1979 (inclusive). Harvard University, Houghton Library
referencedIn Howe, Helen, 1905-1975. Additional papers, 1872-1975 (inclusive). Harvard University, Schlesinger Library
referencedIn Howe, Helen, 1905-1975. Papers, 1872-1975 (inclusive). Harvard University, Schlesinger Library
referencedIn Edward Sheldon correspondence, 1899-1959. Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University.
creatorOf Skinner, Cornelia Otis, 1901-1979. Promptbooks for productions of Shakespeare's As You Like It, ca 1794-1970. Harvard University, Houghton Library
referencedIn Row, Arthur William, 1878-1961. Arthur William Row papers, 1902-1961. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Pollack, Peter, 1909-1978. Peter Pollack papers, 1945-1978. Getty Research Institute
referencedIn John Mason Brown papers, 1922-1967. Houghton Library.
referencedIn Papers, 1897-1930. Houghton Library.
referencedIn Ribicoff, Belle Krasne, 1924-. Belle Krasne Ribicoff papers, 1942-circa 2010, bulk 1945-2004. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Rogan, Felicia Warburg. Felicia Warburg Rogan papers [manuscript, 1959, 1973-1974, 2000. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn John Eldon Thayer collection of motion picture memorabilia, 1916-1979. Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University.
referencedIn Speer Family Papers, Bulk, 1883-1943, 1802-1982 Bryn Mawr College
creatorOf Skinner, Cornelia Otis, 1901-1979. Interview with Cornelia Otis Skinner [sound recording] / by Bob and Betty Lewis. New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn Additional papers, 1872-1975 Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute
creatorOf Arthur William Row papers, 1902-1961 The New York Public Library. Billy Rose Theatre Division.
referencedIn Frederick Wagner autograph collection, 1917-1961. Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University.
Role Title Holding Repository
Relation Name
associatedWith Adler, Dr. person
associatedWith Afternoon Theatre (New York, N.Y.) corporateBody
associatedWith Barrymore, Ethel, 1879-1959 person
associatedWith Barrymore, John, 1882-1942 person
associatedWith Barrymore, Maurice, 1848-1904 person
associatedWith Bernhardt, Sarah, 1844-1923. person
associatedWith Blanche Yurka person
correspondedWith Braithwaite, William Stanley, 1878-1962 person
associatedWith Brent, Romney, 1902-1975 person
associatedWith Brown, Gertrude Foster, b. 1867. person
correspondedWith Brown, John Mason, 1900-1969 person
associatedWith Churchill, Randolph S. (Randolph Spencer), 1911-1968 person
associatedWith Cornelia Otis Skinner person
associatedWith Cowl, Jane, 1884-1950 person
associatedWith Dean, Marguerite, 1891-1978. person
associatedWith Duse, Eleonora, 1858-1924 person
associatedWith Eddy, Mary Baker, 1821-1910 person
associatedWith Ellen Terry person
associatedWith Eva Le Gallienne person
associatedWith Faversham, Philip. person
associatedWith Flagg, Mildred Buchanan, 1886-1980. person
associatedWith GERTRUDE (FOSTER) BROWN, 1867-1956 person
associatedWith Gertrude Norman person
associatedWith Gest, Morris, b. 1881 person
associatedWith Gielgud, John, 1904-2000 person
associatedWith Grand Theatre Collection (University of Guelph) corporateBody
associatedWith Hagen, Uta, 1919- person
associatedWith Helen Howe, 1905-1975 person
associatedWith Hesketh Pearson person
correspondedWith Houghton Mifflin Company. corporateBody
associatedWith Howe, Helen, 1905-1975. person
associatedWith Hull, Josephine, 1877-1957. person
correspondedWith Jackson, Herbert I., recipient. person
associatedWith Jackson, Joseph Henry, 1894-1955. person
associatedWith Jansen, Roy. person
associatedWith JOSEPHINE (SHERWOOD) HULL, 1877(?)-1957 person
associatedWith Kirk, Hazel Ida, 1885-1957. person
associatedWith Krasne Ribicoff, Belle person
associatedWith Lewis, Betty Jessel. person
associatedWith Lewis, Robert Foster. person
associatedWith Machol, M. R., Mrs. person
associatedWith Mansfield, Richard, 1857-1907 person
associatedWith Mary Baker Eddy person
associatedWith Mary Fanton Roberts person
associatedWith Morehouse, Ward, 1898-1966 person
associatedWith Morris Gest person
associatedWith Muni, Paul, 1895-1967 person
associatedWith Nance O'Neil person
correspondedWith New Yorker Magazine, Inc corporateBody
associatedWith Pollack, Peter, 1909-1978. person
associatedWith Ribicoff, Belle Krasne, 1924- person
associatedWith Richard Mansfield person
associatedWith Rogan, Felicia Warburg. person
associatedWith Row, Arthur William, 1878-1961. person
associatedWith Sarah Bernhardt person
associatedWith Schmidt, Karl. person
associatedWith Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616 person
associatedWith Sheldon, Edward, 1886-1946 person
associatedWith Shumlin, Herman, 1898- person
associatedWith Skinner family. family
associatedWith Swift, Kay, 1897-1993. person
associatedWith Terry, Ellen, Dame, 1847-1928 person
associatedWith Thayer, John Eldon, 1899-1980 person
associatedWith The Afternoon Theatre corporateBody
associatedWith Vonnoh, Bessie Potter, 1872-1955. person
associatedWith Wagner, Frederick, collector. person
associatedWith Welles, Orson, 1915- person
associatedWith Wilde, Oscar, 1854-1900 person
associatedWith Williams, Tennessee, 1911-1983 person
correspondedWith Woollcott, Alexander, 1887-1943 person
associatedWith Young, Roland, 1887-1953. person
associatedWith Yurka, Blanche person
Place Name Admin Code Country
Subject
Theater--United States
Authors--Interviews
Actresses--Interviews
Comedy programs
Occupation
Actresses
Women authors--20th century
Women dramatists, American
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Birth 1901-05-30

Death 1979-07-09

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