Preston Sturges

Film Director / Screenwriter / Writer / Playwright / Actor / Film Producer | * 08/29/1898 († 60, 08/06/1959) | Chicago, Illinois, USA
Preston Sturges (born Edmund Preston Biden; August 29, 1898 – August 6, 1959) was an American playwright, screenwriter, and film director. In 1941, he won the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay for the film The Great McGinty, his first of three nominations in the category. Sturges took the screwball comedy format of the 1930s to another level, writing dialogue that, heard today, is often surprisingly naturalistic, mature, and ahead of its time, despite the farcical situations. It is not uncommon for a Sturges character to deliver an exquisitely turned phrase and take an elaborate pratfall within the same scene. Prior to Sturges, other figures in Hollywood (such as Charlie Chaplin, D. W. Griffith, and Frank Capra) had directed films from their own scripts, however Sturges is often regarded as the first Hollywood figure to establish success as a screenwriter and then move into directing his own scripts, at a time when those roles were separate. Sturges famously sold the story for The Great McGinty to Paramount Pictures for $1, in return for being allowed to direct the film. ()
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Most frequent genres for this person: Comedies | Romance / Love | Drama

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Awards & Nominations for Preston Sturges

Academy Award for Best Writing, Original Screenplay 3x Academy Award for Best Writing, Original Screenplay

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Movies with Preston Sturges as Actor(3)

as Serge Vitry1958 Paris Holiday
as himself1942 Star Spangled Rhythm
as Man at Shoeshine Stand (uncredited)1940 Christmas in July

Movies with Preston Sturges as Crew(51)

Writing/Screenplay1958 Rock-a-Bye Baby
Directing/Director1955 The Diary of Major Thompson
Directing/Director1950 Vendetta
Directing/Director1948 Unfaithfully Yours
Production/Producer1948 Unfaithfully Yours
Writing/Screenplay1948 Unfaithfully Yours
Writing/Screenplay1947 I'll Be Yours
Directing/Director1947 The Sin of Harold Diddlebock
Production/Producer1947 The Sin of Harold Diddlebock
Writing/Screenplay1947 The Sin of Harold Diddlebock
Directing/Director1944 Hail the Conquering Hero
Writing/Writer1944 Hail the Conquering Hero
Directing/Director1944 The Great Moment
Writing/Screenplay1944 The Great Moment
Directing/Director1943 The Miracle of Morgan’s Creek
Production/Producer1943 The Miracle of Morgan’s Creek
Directing/Director1942 The Palm Beach Story
Writing/Screenplay1942 The Palm Beach Story
Production/Producer1942 I Married a Witch
Directing/Director1941 Sullivan's Travels
Writing/Writer1941 Sullivan's Travels
Directing/Director1941 Safeguarding Military Information
Directing/Director1941 The Lady Eve
Writing/Screenplay1941 The Lady Eve
Directing/Director1940 The Great McGinty
Writing/Writer1940 The Great McGinty
Writing/Screenplay1940 Remember the Night
Directing/Director1940 Christmas in July
Writing/Writer1940 Christmas in July
Writing/Screenplay1939 Never Say Die
Writing/Writer1938 If I Were King
Writing/Writer1938 Port of Seven Seas
Writing/Screenplay1938 College Swing
Writing/Writer1937 Hotel Haywire
Writing/Screenplay1937 Easy Living
Writing/Writer1936 Love Before Breakfast
Writing/Writer1935 Diamond Jim
Writing/Screenplay1935 The Good Fairy
Writing/Writer1934 Twentieth Century
Writing/Adaptation1934 We Live Again
Writing/Screenplay1934 Thirty Day Princess
Writing/Screenplay1933 The Power and the Glory
Writing/Theatre Play1933 Child of Manhattan
Writing/Writer1933 They Just Had to Get Married
Writing/Theatre Play1931 Strictly Dishonorable
Writing/Dialogue1930 The Big Pond

Full Name: Preston Sturges
Born: Monday, 08/29 1898 (August) in Chicago
Died: Thursday, 08/06 1959 (August) in New York City (aged: 60)
Zodiac sign: Virgo (Chinese zodiac sign: Dog)
Languages: English (EN)
Educated at: Lycée Janson-de-Sailly
Spouses (current/former): Eleanor Post Hutton
Preston Sturges frequently works together with these people:
Hans Dreier (16x, Crew)
Wally Westmore (14x, Crew)
Edith Head (12x, Crew)
Al Bridge (11x, Actor)
William Demarest (10x, Actor)
Frank Moran (9x, Actor)
Ernst Fegté (9x, Crew)
Robert Warwick (9x, Actor)
Franklin Pangborn (8x, Actor)
Stuart Gilmore (8x, Crew)
Jimmy Conlin (8x, Actor)
WatchPlayStream ID: PEOPLE:27199, Added: 05/08/2018, Last updated: 07/26/2020