Cornelia Otis Skinner (Chicago, Illinois, United States 30 may of 1901 – United States, 9 July 1979, New York, New York) was an American actress and writer.

She was the daughter of actor Otis Skinner and his wife Maud Skinner. After attending the Bryn Mawr College between 1918 and 1919, he studied theatre at the University of Paris. In 1921 began his career on the stage. She appeared in many works before embarking on a tour of the United States from 1926 to 1929, playing in solo roles short works that she herself had written.

He wrote numerous but short humorous pieces in publications as The New Yorker. These pieces were finally compiled in a series of books, including inter alia Nuts in May, Dithers and Jitters, Excuse It Please! and The Ape In Me. With Emily Kimbrough wrote Our Hearts Were Young and Gay, a description of his hilarious by Europe after college. Kimbrough and Skinner went to Hollywood to work as consultants in the film based on the book, which resulted in We Followed our Hearts to Hollywood.

In following years Skinner wrote Madame Sarah, a biography of Sarah Bernhardt, and Elegant Wits and Grand Horizontals, of the Belle Époque. He also appeared with Orson Welles in The Campbell Playhouse, a radio that appeared in 1939 in The Things We Have 26 May play.