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Preston Sturges (1898–1959)


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 ... See full bio »

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Won 1 Oscar. Another 3 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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 1984 Unfaithfully Yours (1948 screenplay)
 1958 Rock-a-Bye Baby (screenplay "The Miracle of Morgan's Creek")
 1956 The Birds and the Bees (screenplay)
 1951 Strictly Dishonorable (play)
 1950 Vendetta (uncredited)
 1948 Unfaithfully Yours (original screenplay written by)
 1947 The Sin of Harold Diddlebock (original screenplay)
 1947 I'll Be Yours (screenplay "The Good Fairy")
 1944 The Great Moment (written by)
 1944 Hail the Conquering Hero (written by)
 1942 The Palm Beach Story (written by)
 1942 Safeguarding Military Information (Documentary short) (writer)
 1941 Sullivan's Travels (written by)
 1941 New York Town (uncredited)
 1941 The Lady Eve (written by)
 1940 Christmas in July (play "A Cup of Coffee" - uncredited) / (written by)
 1940 The Great McGinty (written by)
 1940 Broadway Melody of 1940 (uncredited)
 1940 Remember the Night (original screen play by)
 1939 Never Say Die (screenplay)
 1938 If I Were King (writer)
 1938 Port of Seven Seas (writer)
 1938 College Swing (uncredited)
 1937 Easy Living (screen play by)
 1937 Hotel Haywire
 1936 Love Before Breakfast (contributor to treatment - uncredited)
 1936 Next Time We Love (contributor to screenplay construction - uncredited)
 1935 Diamond Jim
 1934 We Live Again (screen adaptation)
 1934 Imitation of Life (contributing writer - uncredited)
 1934 Thirty Day Princess (screenplay)
 1934 Twentieth Century (uncredited)
 1933 The Invisible Man (contributing writer - uncredited)
 1933 The Power and the Glory (original screenplay)
 1933 Child of Manhattan (the stage play)
 1932 They Just Had to Get Married (uncredited)
 1931 Strictly Dishonorable (stage play)
 1930 Fast and Loose (dialogue)
 1930 La grande mare (dialogue)
 1930 The Big Pond (dialogue)
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Other Works:

Stage: Wrote "Strictly Dishonorable", produced on Broadway. NOTE: Filmed as Strictly Dishonorable (1931). See more »

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3 Biographical Movies | 8 Print Biographies | 9 Articles | See more »

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Height:

6' 0½" (1.84 m)
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Personal Quote:

[His "golden rule" for successful comedy:] A pretty girl is better than a plain one / A leg is better than an arm / A bedroom is better than a living room / An arrival is better that a departure / A birth is better than a death / A chase is better than a chat / A dog is better than a landscape / A kitten is better than a dog / A baby is better than a kitten / A kiss is better than a baby / A ... See more »

Trivia:

His mother, Mary Desti, was for a time the lover of the notorious Aleister Crowley, whose dislike for the young Sturges was heartily reciprocated, and they each came in for harsh criticism in the other's memoirs. See more »

Trademark:

Witty, rapid-fire dialogue mixed with broad, screwball physical comedy See more »

Star Sign:

Virgo

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