Preston Sturges

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Birthday
29, 1898
Birthplace
Chicago, IL
Death Date
Aug 6, 1959 (60)
Birth Sign
Virgo
Birthday
29, 1898
Birthplace
Chicago, IL
Death Date
Aug 6, 1959 (60)

About

Known as the father of screwball comedy, he wrote and directed such films as The Lady Eve (1941), Sullivan's Travels (1941), The Palm Beach Story (1942), and The Miracle of Morgan's Creek (1944). He won the 1941 Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for The Great McGinty.

Before Fame

He performed on Broadway in the play Hotbed in 1928. He also produced the play The Guinea Pig in the same year. The Guinea Pig opened in Massachusetts and moved to Broadway a year later.

Trivia

Paramount Pictures purchased his script for The Great McGinty for $1 with the agreement that Sturges would be allowed to direct the film, making the picture his directorial debut.

Family Life

He married his fourth wife Sandy on August 15, 1951. He had three children named Tom, Solomon and Preston Jr.

Associated With

He cast Veronica Lake in one of her first leading roles for the 1942 film Sullivan's Travels.