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.

BlogHub Articles:

’s “Christmas in July”

By Stephen Reginald on May 1, 2022 From Classic Movie Man

’s “Christmas in July” Christmas in July (1940) is a comedy written and directed by and starring Dick Powell and Ellen Drew. Jimmy MacDonald (Powell) was one of the millions of people to enter the Maxford House Coffee contest. He submitted the sl... Read full article


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


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Preston Sturges Facts
Biography in: John Wakeman, editor. "World Film Directors, Volume One, 1890-1945". Pages 1085-1090. New York: The H.W. Wilson Company, 1987.

He was working on his memoirs when he died. Incredibly, the working title of the book was "The Events Leading Up To My Death."

Interred at Ferncliff Cemetery, Hartsdale, New York, USA.

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