Our Hearts Were Young and Gay: An Unforgettable Comic Chronicle of Innocents Abroad in the 1920s by Cornelia Otis SkinnerActress Cornelia Otis Skinner and journalist Emily Kimbrough offer a lighthearted, hilarious memoir of their European tour in the 1920s, when they were fresh out of college from Bryn Mawr. Some of the more amusing anecdotes involve a pair of rabbit-skin capes that begin shedding at the most inopportune moments and an episode in which the girls are stranded atop Notre Dame cathedral at midnight. And, of course, theres romance, in the form of handsome young doctor Tom Newhall and college Lothario Avery Moore.
Our Hearts Were Young and Gay
Our hearts were young and gay
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Libretto by Lois Corey. Score by Gerald Alters and Herbert Hartig. Young Cornelia and Emily are about to sail for Europe alone! They'll see LIFE; they'll meet men! The show opens with "Mr. Cook has cooked a tour up.
In , on the eve of the high school graduation dance, a pair of teenage girls, Cornelia Otis Skinner Gail Russell and Emily Kimbrough Diana Lynn are crestfallen when Emily contracts measles and cannot attend the dance. Cornelia, daughter of famous actor Otis Skinner Charlie Ruggles , also bemoans the fact that "heartthrob," Avery Moore James Brown , ignores her, and is about to leave on a European trip. Emily suggests they both go to Europe, and without a chaperone. On the same boat as Avery, Cornelia accepts a date from him to go to a dance on the ship, while Emily meets Tom Newhall Bill Edwards , a handsome young doctor and bachelor. Their romantic intentions go awry when Cornelia comes down with measles, and Tom agrees to use makeup to mask the spots, but she does not want to tell Avery about her infection. When the ship reaches England, Cornelia's parents, who had travelled on another cruise ship, meet the two girls.