Cornelia Otis Skinner


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Noun1.Cornelia Otis Skinner - United States actress noted for her one-woman shows (1901-1979)
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Her appearance, as described by biographer Cornelia Otis Skinner in her book Madam Sarah, was not the major factor of her success.
Bernhardt has been the subject of many books, including a 1967 pop biography by Cornelia Otis Skinner (Madame Sarah); a more scrupulous 1991 examination (The Divine Sarah) by the gay pianists Arthur Gold and Robert Fizdale, whose French connections allowed them to examine Sarah's private correspondence; and a 1988 novel by Francoise Sagan (Dear Sarah Bernhardt).
Bernhardt's biographer Cornelia Otis Skinner and silent film historian Kevin Brownlee, who has written the foreword to this volume, argue that Bernhardt professed little enthusiasm for cinema.
Her discovery of the many similarities between her own literary production and that of her scorned double, however, is soon followed by time realization that she is still deluding herself: "Not nearly as renowned in my time as Cornelia Otis Skinner was in hers.
Anna Deavere Smith's amazing one-person production, first commissioned and produced by the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles, is a far cry from the cozy "evenings with" Cornelia Otis Skinner and Ruth Draper, or the more recent transmogrifications of Eric Bogosian and John Leguizamo.