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Preston Sturges (born Edmund Preston Biden, August 29, 1898 – August 6, 1959) was an American playwright, screenwriter, director, producer, inventor, and restaurateur.
First director to use the "written and directed by" credit (for ''The Great [=McGinty=]''), which won the first "Best Original Screenplay" UsefulNotes/AcademyAward.
His mother was very friendly with Isadora Duncan.
He invented kiss-proof lipstick.
An actress whom he was dating in the late 1920s revealed to him that she was only in the relationship for research purposes--she was writing a play, and to her, (said she) he was "as a guinea pig is to a scientist." Not long after that, his first produced play, ''The Guinea Pig'', opened on Broadway in 1929.
Sturges' output at the beginning of TheForties was especially prolific; he wrote ''Remember the Night'', wrote and directed ''[=McGinty=]'', ''Christmas in July'', and ''The Lady Eve'', and opened a restaurant in 1940, then won an Oscar for ''[=McGinty=]'' and wrote and directed ''Sullivan's Travels'' and ''The Palm Beach Story'' in 1941, all before Pearl Harbor was attacked. However, his departure from Paramount proved a setback that his career never recovered from, and after the box-office failure of ''Unfaithfully Yours'' he spent the last decade of his life mostly unemployed.
And, no, he wasn't related to John Sturges, who directed such films as ''Film/BadDayAtBlackRock'' and ''[[Film/TheMagnificentSeven1960 The Magnificent Seven]]''.
!!Works by Preston Sturges with their own trope pages include:
* ''Film/ThePowerAndTheGlory'' (screenplay only)
* ''Film/TheInvisibleMan'' (contributing writer, uncredited)
* ''Film/TwentiethCentury'' (contributing writer, uncredited)
* ''Film/LoveBeforeBreakfast'' (contributing writer, uncredited)
* ''Film/EasyLiving'' (screenplay only)
* ''Film/RememberTheNight'' (screenplay only)