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An Oral History of Steel Magnolias

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On the advice of a friend, actor Robert Harling quickly wrote a play about the pain his family went through when his sister Susan died of complications from diabetes. Thirty years later, the people that were involved in Steel Magnolias tell the story from there to the filming of the movie.
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