Margo Skinner Played the Role of Mme Charlotte Cardoza in Titanic and
I was flattered to be one of her “covers”. To be honest,
she was so great in the role that I actually hoped I would never have
to “go on.” (though I finally did).
Margo was a warm and loving person who virtually wanted to be everyone’s
friend. Margo had a long career in plays, and Titanic was her first musical.
She was humble and extremely self-effacing, and at times during rehearsals
expressed fears that she wouldn’t be able to rise to the occasion.
But she did- fabulously. In fact I don’t think she even knew how
wonderful she was at the part.
Margo was a joy to work with and we will all miss her. Tragically, she
passed away in May 2005.
Below is an article which appeared about Margo while we were on tour.
Eventure! Southwest Ohio’s Premier Entertainment Magazine
Nov 5th 1999
Local Actress takes stage in ‘Titanic’ productionTheater
By Richard O. Jones
Even if you didn’t know Margo Skinner when she was growing up
in Middletown, you may know her voice. As a struggling young actress,
Skinner would do commercial work to help pay the bills.
“Everyone in the audience has heard my voice,” she said “ I
had the Always account for a long time. It’s hard to get that kind
of work now that the stars are all doing it, selling normal things that
used to be done by normal people.”
Fortunately, Skinner has an acting career to fall back on and has been
featured in major theaters around the country, including a role in the
world premiere of “Scotland Road,” the Jeffrey Hatcher play
that won the 1993 Rosenthal New Play Prize at the Cincinnati Playhouse
in the Park.
That play was a drama about a woman who survived the sinking of the
Titanic, but was found on an iceberg 80 years later, the same age as
she was when the luxury liner went down.
Now, coming full circle, Skinner is touring the country in quite a different
kind of Titanic play, “Titanic: A New Musical,” opening next
week at the Aronoff Center in Cincinnati.
“I think this means I was on the Titanic in a previous life,” she
said. I look at the menus on the stage and think, ‘I know about
This time when she boards the Titanic it’s as Madame Charlotte
Cardoza, who was a survivor from Germantown, Penn.
“She married a Portuguese count and was known as one of the best
markswomen I the world,” Skinner said. “She also sued for
the most money.”
As a wealthy woman of the world, Skinner wears 40-pound hats with lots
of feathers and Oriental accents and a beaded dress that cost $20,000
In this version, the producers decided that the Molly Brown story was
already too familiar, so they chose Madame Cardoza to be that kind of
character, Skinner said.
“Titanic” is Skinner’s first appearance in a musical.
“I’m not what you’d call a singer, but I did it for
the auditions, so I guess I am now,” she said.
As a child growing up on Central Avenue in Middletown, Skinner said
that she was shy about her ambition to be an actress. But her parents
took her to plays and she remembers that after spending a night with
a friend, she would come home and act out their family dramas with her
“I loved watching people and creating characters,” she said, “but
I never had the show-off thing, however I did start doing plays in high