Preston Sturges

Birth Name:
Edmund Preston Biden
Birth Date:
August 29, 1898
Birth Place:
Chicago, Illinois
Death Date:
August 6, 1959
Place of Death:
Algonquin Hotel, Room 200, 59 W 44th Street, New York, New York
Cause of Death:
Heart attack
Cemetery Name:
Ferncliff Cemetery
Claim to Fame:
Show Business
Preston Sturges was one of the more celebrated American playwright, screenwriter, and film director of the 1940s and early 1950s with films like “The Great McGinty,” “The Lady Eve,” “Sullivan's Travels,” “The Palm Beach Story,” “The Miracle of Morgan's Creek” and “Hail the Conquering Hero.” Sturges took the screwball comedy format of the 1930s to another level, writing dialogue that, heard today, is often surprisingly naturalistic, mature, and ahead of its time, despite the farcical situations. The writer/director won the first Oscar for Best Original Screenplay for “The Great McGinty” in 1941. He is also credited as the first successful screenwriter to move into directing his own screenplays.

Cemetery Information:

Final Resting Place:

Ferncliff Cemetery

280 Secor Road

Hartsdale, New York, 10530


North America


Grave Location:

Maplewood 4G, Grave 74

Grave Location Description

Maplewood is the lawn section directly across the street from the Shrine of Memories Mausoleum. With your back to the mausoleum cross the street and look for the shrub-enclosed section on the far right of the half-moon shaped lawn area. As you enter via the small blacktop path Preston Sturges final resting place can be found in the upper right corner just a couple of rows from the hedge. Note there are numbers on most monuments to allow ease of discovery.

Grave Location GPS

41.02706953, -73.82931338



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