If you've never seen or heard of Steel Magnolias, here is a snippet from the program:
After working his way through law school at Tulane University, Natchitoches, Louisiana native Robert Harling decided he would rather act than practice law, and headed for New York City. He joined the stage and film actors' unions, landing work in regional theatre and television commercials. Then, in 1985, his beloved sister, Susan Harling Robinson, died at the age of thirty-two. Diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes as a teenager, Susan had risked her health to have a child, and her death was caused by complicatiions following her second kidney transplant. Grief so consumed Robert that friends suggested he write as a method of coping with his loss. He began to write a short story about "the most wonderful person he had ever known," but the form didn't seem right - the story became a play, and in ten days he completed Steel Magnolias, chronicaling the last three years of his sister's life.
The movie opened in 1989 starring Dolly Parton, Shirley MacLaine, Sally Field, and Julia Roberts. If you've never seen it, I highly reccommend it! Go see the play, too, if it is showing near you. The play is quite different than the movie so it is important to see both!