Robert Harling (writer)
Robert M. Harling III (born November 12, 1951) is an American writer, producer and film director.
Robert M. Harling III
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He was born in 1951 in Dothan, Alabama, one of three children of Robert M. Harling, Jr., and Margaret Jones Harling (1923-2013). He graduated from Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana, and obtained a law degree from Tulane University Law School in New Orleans. While in law school, he sang in a band which performed in New Orleans on weekends.
However, Harling never used his law degree: skipping the bar exam, he instead moved to New York City to become an actor, auditioning for bit parts in plays and television commercials, and working as a ticket seller for Broadway shows.
After the death of his younger sister, Susan, in 1985 due to diabetes, Harling wrote a short story and adapted it into a play, Steel Magnolias, which was produced off-Broadway in 1987 to great acclaim and was subsequently translated into seventeen languages.
Harling went on to write more screenplays: Soapdish (1991), The First Wives Club (1996), and Laws of Attraction (2004); he also worked as an uncredited script doctor on a number of films. Harling also wrote and directed the sequel to Terms of Endearment titled The Evening Star (1996).
- 1996 The Evening Star.
- 1996 The Rule of Love.
- Blanchard-St. Denis Funeral Home, Obituary: Margaret Jones Harling, Margaret Jones Harling Obituary
- "Robert Harling - Alliance Theatre". alliancetheatre.org.
- Kim Hubbard, Robert Harling, Author of a Hit Comedy Based on a Family Tragedy, People, Vol. 29, No. 3, January 25, 1988
- Julia Reed, The Interview: Robert Harling, Garden & Gun, December 2012 – January 2013
- Brooks Barnes, Sweet Tea and Tart Women, The New York Times, February 29, 2012
- Anne McCracken, Mary Semel, A broken heart still beats: after your child dies, Hazelden Publishing, 2000, p. 87
- Jeremy Kinser, Steel Magnolias Back In Bloom, The Advocate, October 25, 2012
- "Robert Harling". IMDb.
- Karen Hollinger, In the company of women: contemporary female friendship films, Minneapolis, Minnesota: University of Minnesota Press, 1998, p. 75
- Tara McPherson, Reconstructing Dixie: Race, Gender, and Nostalgia in the Imagined South, Durham, North Carolina: Duke University Press, 2003, p. 159
- Tanner Transky, Robert Harling: The Man Who Loves Women, Entertainment Weekly, April 13, 2012
- Peter C. Rollins, The Columbia companion to American history on film, New York City: Columbia University Press, 2007 p. 494
- Lisa Rosen, Robert Harling, Darren Star breathe life into 'GCB', The Los Angeles Times, January 8, 2012
- Foundation, Joyous Coast (April 1, 2003). "Natchitoches". Arcadia Publishing – via Google Books.
- "Oaklawn Plantation--Cane River National Heritage Area: A National Register of Historic Places Travel Itinerary". www.nps.gov.