At the end, I was really torn up, I said ‘mom, it’s okay – we don’t have to do this, it doesn’t matter, I can’t put you through this’.‘My mother and father truly both seized upon it immediately as a way of celebrating my sister and keeping her memory alive…and these two small town people from Louisiana really rose to this wonderful occasion and used it for charity.‘The one thing she couldn’t ever abide and the only thing that made her cry, she once told me, is when someone couldn’t accept what life had given them, they couldn’t accept death, they couldn’t accept how their life was going.
True to life: Sally Field and Tom Skerritt played M'Lynn and Drum Eatenton, characters based on Margaret and Robert Harling, who suffered the loss of their beloved daughter Susan Robinson.
He’s about to marry again – I think Susan is just hoping this one works!
’It was beyond a dream that Steel Magnolias would be turned into a Hollywood movie.
Filmed in his hometown, Robert says: ‘I don’t care what people say – I wrote down what I heard.
In an exclusive interview with Mail Online, Robert reveals: ‘Susan died in the fall of 1985.
‘He was walking through the room and Susan was on the screen and he stopped.
He stood there and listened for a while and said ‘Ah! He says that although Robert looks just like his dad – he has his mother’s eyes, adding: ‘He has a great job as an admissions director, he has his family in Texas.
It’s unfair to make a four-year-old think ‘my mom died because of me’.
However, he recalls calling his nephew one day as a young child, who proudly proclaimed that he was a ‘cool kid’ at school, smiling: ‘Robert’s a very handsome man now, but he was a preemie, and at that age he was skinny – not the definition of cool!
Sally Field admitted last year: ‘He went after Julia with a vengeance.