Preston Sturges Overview:

Legendary director, Preston Sturges, was born Edmund Preston Biden on Aug 29, 1898 in Chicago, IL. Sturges died at the age of 60 on Aug 6, 1959 in New York City, NY and was laid to rest in Ferncliff Cemetery and Mausoleum in Hartsdale, Westchester County, NY.

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Preston Sturges was nominated for two Academy Awards, winning one for Best Writing for The Great McGinty in 1940.

Academy Awards

YearAwardFilm nameRoleResult
1940Best WritingThe Great McGinty (1940)N/AWon
1944Best WritingHail the Conquering Hero (1944)N/ANominated
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He was honored with one star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the category of Motion Pictures.

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The Great McGinty (1940): & Politics

By 4 Star Film Fan on Feb 2, 2021 From 4 Star Films

“If it wasn’t for graft, you’d get a very low type of people in politics!” – William Demarest The Great McGinty feels like a film of many notable firsts. The two most prominent ones being ’s first time in the director’s chair, famously agreein... Read full article


The Great McGinty (1940, )

By Andrew Wickliffe on Aug 13, 2019 From The Stop Button

The Great McGinty has a gentle surprise ending. Not a twist. More a reveal, which then recasts the previous ninety minutes and change in a slightly different light. Because McGinty has a very deliberate bookending?there’s even a title card to explain the setting. An unnamed banana republic, tw... Read full article


The Great McGinty (1940, )

By Andrew Wickliffe on Aug 13, 2019 From The Stop Button

The Great McGinty has a gentle surprise ending. Not a twist. More a reveal, which then recasts the previous ninety minutes and change in a slightly different light. Because McGinty has a very deliberate bookending?there’s even a title card to explain the setting. An unnamed banana republic, tw... Read full article


The Great McGinty (1940, )

on Aug 13, 2019 From The Stop Button

The Great McGinty has a gentle surprise ending. Not a twist. More a reveal, which then recasts the previous ninety minutes and change in a slightly different light. Because McGinty has a very deliberate bookending?there’s even a title card to explain the setting. An unnamed banana republic, tw... Read full article


The Great McGinty (1940, )

on Aug 13, 2019 From The Stop Button

The Great McGinty has a gentle surprise ending. Not a twist. More a reveal, which then recasts the previous ninety minutes and change in a slightly different light. Because McGinty has a very deliberate bookending?there’s even a title card to explain the setting. An unnamed banana republic, tw... Read full article


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Preston Sturges Facts
He once owned a nightclub on the Sunset Strip called The Players. He met and later married his fourth wife, Sandy Sturges (born Sandy Nagle) in the place. She did not know he was the owner when they met, thinking he was just another employee.

Appears as a character in John Kessel's story "The Miracle of Ivar Avenue".

Sold Paramount Pictures the rights to The Great McGinty (1940) for one dollar with the agreement that he direct the film.

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