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Robert Harling (writer)

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Years active  1989–present
Siblings  Susan Harling
Plays  Steel Magnolias
Role  Writer
Name  Robert Harling

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Born  November 12, 1951Dothan, Alabama
Education  Tulane University Law School
Books  The House & Garden Book of Living Rooms
Movies  Steel Magnolias, The Evening Star, The First Wives Club, Soapdish, Laws of Attraction
Similar People  Herbert Ross, Shirley MacLaine, Olympia Dukakis, Hugh Wilson, Sally Field

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Robert M. Harling III (born November 12, 1951) is an American writer, producer and film director.


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Early life

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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 his hometown and obtained a law degree from Tulane University Law School in New Orleans, Louisiana. While in law school, he sang in a band which performed in New Orleans on weekends.


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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.

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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 also wrote the screenplay for the film version of the play that was produced in 1989, starring Sally Field and Julia Roberts. He played a small role in the film as a minister.

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).

In the spring of 2012, he served as writer and producer of the TV show GCB, which aired briefly on ABC-TV. In the same year, it was reported that Harling was adapting Soapdish into a musical.

Personal life

He is Presbyterian He owns the Oaklawn Plantation in Natchitoches, Louisiana.


  • 1989 Steel Magnolias.
  • 1990 Steel Magnolias (TV pilot).
  • 1991 Soapdish.
  • 1992 Coiffure pour dames.
  • 1996 The First Wives Club.
  • 1996 The Evening Star.
  • 2004 Laws of Attraction.
  • 2012 GCB (ABC TV series).
  • Producer

  • 1997 A Smile Like Yours.
  • 2012 GCB (ABC TV series).
  • Director

  • 1996 The Evening Star.
  • 1996 The Rule of Love.
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