In the 1950s, Katharine Hepburn acquired the rights to George Bernard Shaw's play "The Millionairess" and tried to put together a version in which she would have starred and Sturges would have directed. But no producer or studio would finance the project with Sturges attached to it, and "The Millionairess" was ultimately filmed by director Anthony Asquith with Sophia Loren and Peter Sellers as the stars.
When he was at his peak at Paramount in the mid-1940s, he was not only the highest paid screenwriter but he was one of the highest paid people in America.
Appears as a character in John Kessel's story "The Miracle of Ivar Avenue".
His mother, Mary Desti, was for a time the lover of the notorious Aleister Crowley, whose dislike for the young Sturges was heartily reciprocated, and they each came in for harsh criticism in the other's memoirs.
In the talkies era he was the first great writer to became a director.