Unlike many people I know, I don't watch a lot of movies. I barely own DVDs and I only go to the cinema about twice year.
I much prefer binging television shows on Netflix, but still, there are certain classic flicks that I hold near and dear.
The 1989 film Steel Magnolias is one of them.
It has been nearly three decades since M'Lynn, Shelby, and the rest of the Chinquapin Parish women came into our lives and made us laugh, then ugly cry, yet I still bawl my eyes out every time I watch the movie.
The movie doesn't just star some of my favorite actresses, including Sally Field, Julia Roberts, and Shirley MacLaine, it also taught me some important lessons about life, being a daughter, and motherhood.
The Steel Magnolia House B&B
I recently discovered that the house, which was used as the fictional home of the Eatentons, has been converted into a bed-and-breakfast, and as someone who has watched the movie so many times I can quote most of it, this news had me squealing with joy.
Finally, a chance to sip on sweet tea, and snack on a slice of bleeding armadillo cake (who cares if there's no wedding), while being surrounded by oak trees and blooming magnolias.
Located in the charming town of Natchitoches, Louisiana, the B&B, aptly named Steel Magnolia House, was also home to author Robert Harling, who wrote the original off-Broadway play the movie is based on.
The true story
Harling's play and characters were inspired by a personal experience he lived through: the death of his sister, Susan Robinson.
Robinson was just 33 when she passed away in 1985 after suffering complications from diabetes and a failed kidney transplant - just like Shelby.
On the 25th anniversary of the movie, Robert admitted that he wrote the story as a way to keep Susan alive for her son, also named Robert.
"Susan died in the fall of 1985. Pat, my ex-brother-in-law, he remarried five or six months after her death and the first time I heard my nephew call this other woman ‘mama’ was when I said ‘No – Susan can’t disappear,’" Harling explained.
He added, "I wanted to celebrate my sister, it was a time of tumult and the way it took off, who knew. I never, in a million years, thought it would even get produced when I was writing it."
Now, Susan's memory is more alive than ever as thousands of people visit The Steel Magnolia House every year.
While ownership of the brick house has changed a few times, the interior and exterior has remained the same.
Let's have a look!