’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.
but he does know it took the biggest star in the world to play her'Robert says: ‘My mother said ‘you don’t want to saddle him with anything – it’s out there, he will discover it’, we never made him go and see Steel Magnolias.
It’s unfair to make a four-year-old think ‘my mom died because of me’.
And it is clear that the bonds that have kept Susan tied closely to Robert all these years are still as tight as ever.
Steel Magnolias has been his way, he says, of keeping Susan alive for her son, now 31, about to marry for a second time this summer and living in Texas.’There will be people now who watch the film now who don’t know it was based on a true story’, muses Robert: ‘It’s really interesting and emotional and a nice journey to go back and revisit - 25 years is a long time.
It was not even until his 20s that Robert heard his mother’s voice after a family member put together a reel of home movies.
‘He was walking through the room and Susan was on the screen and he stopped.
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It is the image of a small, blonde-haired all-American boy beaming in the Easter sunshine that flashes up at the end of Hollywood classic Steel Magnolias – and stays with you long after the credits have rolled.
Susan was ‘crazy, insane in love’ with her young son and ‘worshipped him’, even though they were often forced them apart as she was made to spend long spells in hospital where Robert couldn’t visit her.
Nothing to stop her: Susan Robinson - third from right - was so determined to be a majorette, despite her diabetes diagnosis aged 12 - that she made her mother sew pockets into her uniform for candy.
Robert - who also has a younger brother called John - reminisces: ‘I had all these tumultuous times growing up with my dad and one time I remember it was around Christmas - we weren’t getting along at all – and Susan was really worried I was not going to give my father a Christmas present and she went out and got him one from me.’'My nephew told me 'Everyone likes me - I’m the only kid in my class whose mom’s been played by Julia Roberts’.