Preston Sturges

BirthDay:

29 Aug 1898

BirthPlace:

Chicago, Illinois, USA

BirthName:

Edmund Preston Biden

Bio:

Preston Sturges' own life is as unlikely as some of the plots of his best work. He was born into a wealthy family. As a boy he helped out on stage productions for his mother's friend, Isadora Duncan (the scarf that strangled her was made by his mother's company, Maison Desti). He served in the U.S. Army Signal Corps during WWI. Upon his return to Maison Desti, he invented a kissproof lipstick, Red-Red Rouge, in 1920. Shortly after his first marriage, his mother demanded that he return control of the company to her. Kicked out of Maison Desti, he turned to inventing. A tickertape machine, an intaglio photo-etching process, an automobile and an airplane were among his some of his commercially unsuccessful inventions. He began writing stories and, while recovering from an appendectomy in 1929, wrote his first play, "The Guinea Pig". In financial trouble over producing his plays, he moved to Hollywood in 1932 to make money. It wasn't long before he became frustrated by the lack of control he had over his work and wanted to direct the scripts he wrote. Paramount gave him this chance as part of a deal for selling his script for The Great McGinty (1940), at a cheap price. The film's success launched his career as writer/director and he had several hits over the next four years. That success emboldened him to become an independent filmmaker, but that did not last long--he had a string of commercial failures and acquired a reputation as an expensive perfectionist. He moved to France to make what turned out to be his last movie, The French, They Are a Funny Race (1955). He died at the Algonquin Hotel, New York City, in 1959.
Filmography

Actor ( 5 credits )

American Masters (1985)  Himself (1 episode, 1990)
Paris Holiday (1958) Serge Vitry
Star Spangled Rhythm (1942) Preston Sturges
Sullivan's Travels (1941) Studio Director (uncredited)
Christmas in July (1940) Man at Shoeshine Stand (uncredited)

Producer ( 8 credits )

The Beautiful Blonde from Bashful Bend (1949) producer
Unfaithfully Yours (1948) producer
The Sin of Harold Diddlebock (1947) producer (uncredited)
The Great Moment (1944) producer (uncredited)
Hail the Conquering Hero (1944) producer (uncredited)
The Miracle of Morgan's Creek (1944) producer (uncredited)
I Married a Witch (1942) producer (uncredited)
Sullivan's Travels (1941) producer (uncredited)

Writer ( 41 credits )

Unfaithfully Yours (1984) (1948 screenplay)
Rock-a-Bye Baby (1958)
The Birds and the Bees (1956) (screenplay)
Strictly Dishonorable (1951)
Vendetta (1950) (adaptation)
Lux Video Theatre (1950) (3 episodes, 1954-1955)
The Beautiful Blonde from Bashful Bend (1949) (story)
Unfaithfully Yours (1948) (original screenplay written by)
The Sin of Harold Diddlebock (1947) (original screenplay)
I'll Be Yours (1947) (screenplay "The Good Fairy")
The Great Moment (1944)
Hail the Conquering Hero (1944) (written by)
The Palm Beach Story (1942) (written by)
Safeguarding Military Information (1942) (writer)
Sullivan's Travels (1941) (written by)
New York Town (1941)
The Lady Eve (1941)
Christmas in July (1940)
The Great McGinty (1940) (written by)
Broadway Melody of 1940 (1940) (original story)
Remember the Night (1940) (original screenplay)
Never Say Die (1939) (screenplay)
If I Were King (1938) (writer)
Port of Seven Seas (1938) (writer)
College Swing (1938)
Easy Living (1937) (screenplay)
Hotel Haywire (1937) (screenplay)
Love Before Breakfast (1936) (from the novel: "Spinster Dinner" by)
Next Time We Love (1936) (story "Say Goodbye Again")
Imitation of Life (1934) (screenplay)
We Live Again (1934) (screen adaptation)
Thirty Day Princess (1934) (screenplay) and
Twentieth Century (1934) (screenplay)
The Invisible Man (1933) (screenplay)
The Power and the Glory (1933) (original screenplay)
Child of Manhattan (1933)
They Just Had to Get Married (1932) (screenplay)
Strictly Dishonorable (1931) (stage play)
Fast and Loose (1930) (dialogue)
La grande mare (1930) (dialogue)
The Big Pond (1930) (dialogue)

Director ( 14 credits )

The French, They Are a Funny Race (1955)
Vendetta (1950) (1946 first version; fired by Howard Hughes) (uncredite
The Beautiful Blonde from Bashful Bend (1949)
Unfaithfully Yours (1948)
The Sin of Harold Diddlebock (1947)
The Great Moment (1944)
Hail the Conquering Hero (1944)
The Miracle of Morgan's Creek (1944)
The Palm Beach Story (1942)
Safeguarding Military Information (1942)
Sullivan's Travels (1941)
The Lady Eve (1941)
Christmas in July (1940)
The Great McGinty (1940)