Preston Sturges was born on August 29, 1898. He was a screenwriter of outstanding credibility. He had good name as a film director too.
Biography and Career:
Sturges was born at Chicago in Illinois. The amazing thing about him is that he had taken the 1930 screwball comedy style to another level. His dialogue writing was very natural and mature and it was always ahead of its time. He made the scenes amazingly funny.
He had switched to screenwriting to directing the movies. Other successful directors who also wrote the scripts are Frank Capra, Charlie Chaplin and Howard Hawks but Preston was the first to try his hand in directing the movies as well as writing the screen plays.
One interesting story can be heard about Preston. He wrote the screenplay for the movie The
Great McGinty and just for $1 he sold the story to Paramount Pictures and in exchange of that he wanted to direct the movie. Interestingly, the Paramount pictures had to pay him $10 so that the process can be legalized.
Preston started his career as a Stock Broker. He worked there in the year 1916. He joined the US Army Air Service in the year 1917.He completed graduation as a lieutenant from Camp Dick.
He played in a play named "Hotbed" on Broadway by Paul Osborn. The play The Guinea Pig was the first play that was produced by Sturges. In the following years he had been successful on Broadway plays. "Strictly Dishonorable" was the second play by Sturges which was a huge hit. The play was written by him in just six days and it earned him over $300,000 and it was played for more than sixteen months. It got the Hollywood attention and he was found writing for Paramount.
He won Academy Award in the category Original Screenplay for his script in The Great McGinty. He got this in the year 1941. He was nominated for two screenwriting Oscar nominations in the year 1944.
Why do we like Preston?
We like him because of his screenwriting excellence.
Why is Preston Famous?
He was a famous English Actor who was known for his screenwriting ability.
by FW Editor
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