Preston Sturges

Film Director + Screenwriter
Born Aug 29, 1898

Preston Sturges, originally Edmund Preston Biden, was an American playwright, screenwriter and film director born in Chicago, Illinois. In 1941 he won the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for the film The Great McGinty, his first of three nominations in the category.… Read More

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1898 Birth Born on August 29, 1898.
1902 3 Years Old When Sturges was three years old, his eccentric mother left America to pursue a singing career in Paris, where she annulled her marriage with Preston's father. Returning to America, Dempsey met her third husband, the wealthy stockbroker Solomon Sturges, who adopted Preston in 1902. … Read More


1916 17 Years Old In 1916, he worked as a runner for New York stock brokers, a position he obtained through Solomon Sturges. … Read More


1928 29 Years Old In 1928, Sturges performed on Broadway in Hotbed, a short-lived play by Paul Osborn, and Sturges' first produced play, The Guinea Pig, opened in Massachusetts. … Read More


1930 31 Years Old Three other Sturges stage plays were produced from 1930 to 1932, one of them a musical, but none of them were hits. … Read More


1939 40 Years Old 1 More Event
…  He accomplished this goal in 1939 by trading his screenplay for The Great McGinty (written six years earlier) to Paramount in exchange for the chance to direct it. … Read More
1942 43 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1942, in his review of The Palm Beach Story, critic Manny Farber wrote: … Read More
1944 45 Years Old …  In early 1944, Sturges and Hughes formed a partnership called California Pictures. … Read More


1950 51 Years Old Released in 1950 by RKO, which was by that time owned by Hughes, the retitled Mad Wednesday was no more successful than Sturges' original version. … Read More
1951 52 Years Old Over the next several years, Sturges continued to write, but many of the projects were underfunded or stillborn, and those that emerged did not approach the same success as his earlier triumphs. His 1951 Broadway musical, Make a Wish, underwent extensive rewriting by Abe Burrows and ran for only a few months. … Read More
1952 53 Years Old Katharine Hepburn, who had starred in the 1952 Broadway production of the George Bernard Shaw play, The Millionairess got Sturges to agree to adapt the script and direct. … Read More
1953 54 Years Old A 1953 lien by the Internal Revenue Service, with whom he had been having tax problems, cost Sturges the Players and other assets. … Read More


1959 60 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1959, Sturges summed up his career: … Read More
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