Cornelia Otis Skinner





Cornelia Otis Skinner

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born
in Chicago, The United States
December 13, 1901

died
July 09, 1979

gender
female

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Cornelia Otis Skinner was an American author and actress. Skinner was the daughter of the actor Otis Skinner and his wife Maud (Durbin) Skinner. After attending the all-girls' Ethel Walker School, and 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.
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Excuse It, Please!
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The Ape in Me
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Dithers and Jitters
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Soap Behind the Ears
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Bottoms Up!
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Family Circle
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“Woman's virtue is man's greatest invention.”
Cornelia Otis Skinner

“There is no English equivalent for the French word flâneur. Cassell's dictionary defines flâneur as a stroller, saunterer, drifter but none of these terms seems quite accurate. There is no English equivalent for the term, just as there is no Anglo-Saxon counterpart of that essentially Gallic individual, the deliberately aimless pedestrian, unencumbered by any obligation or sense of urgency, who, being French and therefore frugal, wastes nothing, including his time which he spends with the leisurely discrimination of a gourmet, savoring the multiple flavors of his city.”
Cornelia Otis Skinner, Elegant Wits and Grand Horizontals

“Women keep a special corner of their hearts for sins they have never committed. ”
Cornelia Otis Skinner

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