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Apr 24, 2014 3:30 PM by Dave Fields

Real-Life Steel Magnolias character to be honored Saturday in Natchitoches

NATCHITOCHES, LA - The real-life inspiration for a beloved character in the internationally acclaimed film "Steel Magnolias" is being remembered Saturday by the city of Natchitoches on the hit movie's 25th anniversary.

The dedication ceremony will honor Susan Harling Robinson, the inspiration for one of the film's central characters who, like the the real-life Susan, dies an untimely death. The April 26 event begins at 2 p.m. at the memorial garden off Pine Street in Natchitoches.

A reception will follow the dedication at the Samuel Guy House located at 309 Pine Street.

In 1985, Susan died of kidney failure. She was the mother of a two-year-old son named Robert. Susan's death was so traumatic for the Harling family that Robert penned the story in ten days. "Steel Magnolias" was picked up as a play, but it was turned quickly into box office hit in 1989. The movie, filmed in Natchitoches, was nominated for several awards and remains beloved by millions throughout the world.

"Steel Magnolias" is a true story turned into a comedy-drama film based about a close-knit circle of friends whose lives come together in a beauty parlor in Natchitoches. The movie is based on the lives of Robert Harling's mother, who is played by Sally Field, and his sister Susan who is represented by Julia Roberts.

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