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Also Known As: Died: August 6, 1959
Born: August 29, 1898 Cause of Death: heart attack
Birth Place: Chicago, Illinois, USA Profession: Writer ...
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Raised in Europe and the USA
1914:
Managed Maison Desti, his mother's cosmetic shop in Deauville, France
1914:
Returned to the USA at the outbreak of WWII
1915:
Managed Maison Desti in NYC
1917:
Served in Air Corps; wrote and drew weekly comic strip "Toot and His Loot" for camp newspaper
1920:
Invented "kiss-proof" lipstick
1927:
Began writing plays after a bout of appendicitis
1928:
First play, "The Guinea Pig" produced in Provincetown, Massachusetts
1929:
"The Guinea Pig" opened to a 16-week run on Broadway in January
1929:
Had success with second play, "Strictly Dishonorable"
1929:
Wrote first screenplays, "The Big Pond" and "Fast and Loose", for Paramount Pictures in Astoria, Queens
1930:
Had flop with play "Recapture"
1932:
Moved to Hollywood to work on script of "The Invisible Man" for Universal in September; studio dropped their option when assigned director disliked his script
1933:
Wrote script for "The Great McGinty"
1934:
Script for "Fanny" written for Universal shelved due to objections of censors
1935:
Founded Sturges Engineering Company, a manufacturer of vibrationless diesel engines
1936:
With Ted Snyder, opens restaurant Snyder's (closed in 1938)
1936:
Signed two-year contract with Paramount
1938:
Loaned to MGM
1939:
Sold rights to "The Great McGinty" to Paramount for $10 in return for studio agreeing to allow him to direct the film
1940:
Film directing debut, "The Great McGinty"; received Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay
1940:
Made uncredited acting appearance in "Christmas in July"
1940:
Opened first restaurant, The Players, in L.A.
1941:
"The Lady Eve", starring Henry Fonda and Barbara Stanwyck, and "Sullivan's Travels", with Joel McCrea and Veronica Lake, released
1942:
Appeared as himself in "Star Spangled Rhythm"
1943:
Ended contract with Paramount
1944:
Earned two Oscar nominations for Best Original Screenplay in the same year for "Hail the Conquering Hero" and "The Miracle of Morgan's Creek"
1944:
With Howard Hughes, formed California Pictures Corporation (Cal-Pix)
1946:
While filming "Vendetta", Hughes dissolved partnership; replaced as director; Mel Ferrer received final screen credit
1947:
Put under contract by 20th Century-Fox
1955:
Directed last film, "Les Carnets du Major Thompson/The French, They Are a Funny Race"
1950:
Wrote book for the stage musical "Make a Wish", based on his 1934 screenplay "The Good Fairy"
1955:
Directed last film, "Les Carnets du Major Thompson/The French, They Are a Funny Race"
1956:
Last produced screenplay (to date) "The Birds and the Bees"
1958:
Final screen appearance, acted in "Paris Holiday"
1990:
Subject of award-winning documentary "Preston Sturges: Rise & Fall of an American Dreamer" (aired on PBS)
1998:
MGM announced plans to make film from original unproduced screenplay "Mr Big and Littleville"

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