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Anne Margaret “Sandy” Sturges, who completed the autobiography of her late husband, filmmaker Preston Sturges, died Nov. 28 of cancer at her home in Manhattan Beach. She was 79.

Thirty-one years after her husband died of a heart attack in 1959, she put his letters and diaries together with his uncompleted manuscript to finish “Preston Sturges by Preston Sturges.”

Sturges was in her 20s and her husband in his 50s when they married in 1951. She had met the writer-director of acclaimed 1940s films as “The Miracle of Morgan’s Creek” and “The Lady Eve” when she walked into a restaurant to alert patrons a neon sign outside was sparking and mistook him for a construction worker.

Survivors include two sons and four grandchildren.