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Steel Magnolias writer on the REAL story behind the Hollywood hit

Cameo role: Writer Robert Harling played the minister who married Shelby and Jackson. Shel...

Steel Magnolias writer on the REAL story behind the Hollywood hit

Based on a true story: Robert Harling wrote Steel Magnolias following the death of his beloved sister Susan Robinson. Click through for an awesome article. I knew it was based on a true story, but this is a great article.

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Ian Fleming: A Personal Memoir - This is Robert Harling's account of his close and enduring friendship with one of the twentieth century's most iconic writers, a relationship forged in the Second World War that helped define the lives of both men. Their paths met in the early 1940s upon the creation of 30 Assault Unit, a British Commando unit Fleming founded and ran. 'Fleming's Secret Navy', as it was known, was formed to work on the front line to capture enemy equipment,

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Fact or Fiction? | FACT - We know Fleming set up the 30 Assault Unit and was its commanding officer. All accounts of the unit agree that it was prone to committing unlawful acts, although the extent to which they did so is debatable. Nicholas Rankin writes in Ian Fleming's Commandoes that they "rubbed higher authority up the wrong way", while topographical expert Robert Harling described his colleagues as "hugely disinclined to say take no for an answer from foe or fraulein".

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Steel Magnolias writer on the REAL story behind the Hollywood hit

'It took the biggest film star in the world to play my sister': Robert Harling and his nephew Robert Robinson at the 2005 Broadway revival of Steel Magnolias

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Steel Magnolias writer on the REAL story behind the Hollywood hit

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The untold story of Steel Magnolias - Sweet interview with Robert Harling who based the play and eventual movie on his family and town.

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