Name: Aretha Franklin
Birth Name: 
Aretha Louise Franklin
Birth Date: 
March 25, 1942
Birth Place: 
Memphis, TN
Singer / Songwriter / Pianist
Relationship Status: 
Celebrity Ranking # 1361

President Barack Obama’s Spelling Snafu

Posted Friday March 7, 2014 11:20 AM GMT

He’s the most powerful man in the free world, but that doesn’t mean President Barack Obama is immune from embarrassing blunders.

During the Women of Soul tribute to Aretha Franklin last night (March 6), the Commander-in-Chief introduced the Queen of Soul by misspelling the title of her hit song “Respect.”


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Aretha Franklin Cancels Concerts Due to Health Concerns

Posted Tuesday May 14, 2013 12:48 PM GMT

It’s incredibly impressive that she’s touring at 71 years of age, however Aretha Franklin seems to have hit a speed bump along the way.

The “Respect” songstress had to cancel gigs with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra “due to her doctor’s recommendation for treatment.”


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Adele Covers Rolling Stone's Women Who Rock 2012 Issue

Posted Friday September 28, 2012 5:57 PM GMT

She's one of the top-selling artists of our time and soon to be a first-time mom, so it's only fitting to find Adele on the cover of the latest (October 2012) issue of Rolling Stone.

The 24-year-old Grammy-winning British singer-songwriter's rise to music super-stardom is documented in the magazine's Women Who Rock 2012 feature article titled 'The Triumph of Adele.'


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Jordin Sparks Premieres “Sparkle” in Motown

Posted Monday August 6, 2012 8:55 AM GMT

Stepping out for a very special event, Jordin Jordin Sparks attended the premiere of her new film “Sparkle” in Detroit suburb Royal Oak, Michigan last night (August 5).

Joined by singing legends Aretha Franklin and Martha Reeves and R&B crooner Keith Washington, the “American Idol” alum looked gorgeous as she posed outside the Emagine Royal Oak Theater.


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Aretha Franklin Breaks Off Engagement with Willie

Posted Monday January 23, 2012 2:42 PM GMT

It’s not uncommon for celebrities to rush into marriage only to regret it later, and Aretha Franklin isn’t looking to make that mistake.

The “Respect” songstress has announced that she and her boyfriend William “Willie” Wilkerson have decided to call off their engagement.


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2012 BET Honors Brings Out Mariah Carey, Willow Smith

Posted Saturday January 14, 2012 10:31 PM GMT

Held each year to pay tribute to a handful of iconic African-American figures, the 2012 BET Honors took place in Washington, D.C. on Saturday night (January 14).


Aretha Franklin: Ready to Say "I Do"

Posted Monday January 2, 2012 3:56 PM GMT

It sure sounds like this year will be better than her last, as it was just announced that Aretha Franklin will be tying the knot!

The “Respect” singer is engaged to be married to her “forever friend” William “Willie” Wilkerson - as the nuptials reportedly will occur sometime in June or July aboard a private yacht in Miami Beach, FL.


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Halle Berry: Pane Vino Pretty

Posted Wednesday April 27, 2011 5:52 PM GMT

Stepping out for a midday meal with a friend, Halle Berry was spotted at Pane Vino restaurant in Los Angeles earlier today (April 27).

The 44-year-old opted for a cute and comfortable outfit while dining out, wearing a long, flowing, pink and black dress, gray handbag and a pair of flip-flops.


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