Robert Harling est un Acteur, Réalisateur, Scénariste et Producteur exécutif Américain né le 1951 à Natchitoches (Etats-Unis)
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Robert Harling (born in 1951) is an American writer, producer and film director.
He was born in 1951 in Natchitoches, Louisiana. 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.
He moved to New York City in 1978 and worked at Kentucky Fried Chicken and sold tickets on Broadway to support himself. He auditioned for acting jobs and shot television commercials about flashlights.
After the death of his younger sister, Susan, due to diabetes, he wrote a short story and adapted it into a play, Steel Magnolias, which is still played worldwide to this day. It has been translated in seventeen languages, including Japanese, Chinese, French, Swedish, Spanish, Italian. Shortly after, he went on to adapt 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.
He went on to write more screenplays, Soapdish (1991), The First Wives Club (1996), and Laws of Attraction (2004), as well as an uncredited script doctor on a number of films. More recently he served as writer and producer of the TV show GCB which ran briefly on ABC-TV. He also wrote and directed the sequel to Terms of Endearment titled The Evening Star (1996).
He is currently adapting Soapdish into a musical.
He is Presbyterian He owns the Oak Lawn mansion in Natchitoches, Louisiana.
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