Emily Skinner

Singer, Actor, Law firm receptionist
A lithe, attractive blonde, Emily Skinner shot to overnight stardom as half of the conjoined twins Violet and Daisy Hilton in the fictionalized Broadway musical "Side Show" (1997). The Virginia native attended ... Read more »
Born: 06/29/1970 in Richmond, Virginia, USA

Filmography

Actor (1)

The 52nd Annual Tony Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Performer
Music (1)

The 52nd Annual Tony Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Song Performer

Biography

A lithe, attractive blonde, Emily Skinner shot to overnight stardom as half of the conjoined twins Violet and Daisy Hilton in the fictionalized Broadway musical "Side Show" (1997). The Virginia native attended Carnegie-Mellon University and by 1994 found herself working in NYC in the debut of the now annual staging of "A Christmas Carol." With the year, she was featured in the ensemble of the musical version of "Elmer Gantry" staged at Washington, DC's Ford's Theatre. Skinner made her official Broadway debut (billed as Emily Scott Skinner) in the ensemble of "Jekyll & Hyde" and as understudy to the show's two leading roles. She wasn't with the production long, however, because she was tapped to co-star as Daisy Hilton in "Side Show," a project she had been involved with for some two and a half years since its initial workshop. She and Ripley formed a flawless duo; with makeup, they looked exactly alike. Together they delivered the musical's big numbers, including the lilting "Who Will Love Me as I Am?" and the penultimate "I Will Never Leave You." In a rare instance, the Tony Award nominating committee jointly nominated the two woman as Leading Actress in a Musical, although the award went to Natasha Richardson.

EDUCATION

Carnegie-Mellon University

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
(graduated)

Richmond Community High School

Richmond, Virginia

Milestones

2002

Portrayed Gussie in the Kennedy Center staging of "Merrily We Roll Along"; also cast as Jenny in "Company", which featured Alice Ripley

2000

Played Vicki Nichols in the stage musical adaptation of "The Full Monty"; originated role at San Diego's Old Globe and reprised it when production transferred to Broadway

1999

Reteamed with Alice Ripley in "James Joyce's The Dead"; originated role Off-Broadway and recreated it when production was remounted on Broadway in 2000

1999

Appeared in the revised version of the stage musical "Working" at Long Wharf Theatre in New Haven, Connecticut

1997

Co-starred with Alice Ripley as the conjoined twins Violet and Daisy Hilton in "Side Show"; shared a joint Tony nomination as Lead Actress in a Musical

1997

Sang on the soundtrack for the Fox animated musical "Anastasia"

1997

Understudied leading roles in the Broadway musical "Jekyll & Hyde"; also featured in the show's ensemble; credited as Emily Scott Skinner

1996

Initially teamed with Alice Ripley in workshop of "Side Show"

1995

First played Daisy Hilton in a staged reading of "Side Show"

1995

Had supporting role in the musical version of "Elmer Gantry" presented at Ford's Theatre in Washington, DC

1994

NYC stage debut in "A Christmas Carol", performed at the theater at Madison Square Garden

Raised in the Richmond, Virginia, area

Bonus Trivia

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Among her other stage credits are productions of "Our Town", "Quilters", "Kismet" and "My Fair Lady".

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Skinner has originated roles in several workshops of musicals including "Snapshots", "Have a Nice Life" and "The Night Governess".

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