Aretha Franklin

Gifted with one of the most remarkable voices in the history of recorded music, Aretha Franklin poured her heart and soul into every riveting performance. The undisputed "Queen of Soul," Franklin began singing gospel ... Read more »
Born: 03/24/1942 in Memphis, Tennessee, USA

Filmography

Actor (92)

Muscle Shoals 2013 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

BET Honors 2012 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Performer

TV Land Awards 2012 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Actor

The Tonight Show With Jay Leno 2012 (Tv Show)

Performer

The Zen of Bennett 2012 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

Tony Bennett: Duets II 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Performer

Christmas in Rockefeller Center 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

The 32nd Annual Kennedy Center Honors 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

A Capitol Fourth 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

The 2008 American Music Awards 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

Dancing With the Stars 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

The 39th Annual NAACP Image Awards 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

The 50th Annual Grammy Awards 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2007 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

Oprah Winfrey's Legends' Ball 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

The 32nd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Macy's 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

The 2003 Nobel Peace Prize Concert 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Tom Dowd and the Language of Music 2004 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

The 45th Annual Grammy Awards 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

2001: The Year in Music 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Aretha Franklin's Soul and Ice 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Evening at Pops 1969 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

ABC 2000 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Christmas in Washington 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The 26th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Blues Brothers 2000 1998 (Movie)

Mrs Murphy (Actor)

Motown 40: The Music Is Forever 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

The 40th Annual Grammy Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

53rd Presidential Inaugural Gala 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Merv Griffin's New Year's Eve Special 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

The 24th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

The 28th NAACP Image Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

The 39th Annual Grammy Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

The Story of Gospel Music 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Tapestry Revisited: A Tribute to Carole King 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

The 1996 Essence Awards 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Aretha Franklin 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Aretha Franklin: Going Home 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Christmas at Home With the Stars 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Sinatra Duets 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

The 36th Annual Grammy Awards 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

The Atlantic Records Story 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

The Essence Awards 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

The Jackson Family Honors 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Aretha Franklin: Duets 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

More of the Best of the Hollywood Palace 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

The Essence Awards 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

The 34th Annual Grammy Awards 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Christmas in Washington 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Grammy Legends Show 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

MDA Jerry Lewis Telethon 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Night of 100 Stars III 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

The 5th Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Soap Opera Digest Awards 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

The 3rd Annual Soul Train Music Awards 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Cissy Houston: Sweet Inspiration 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

A Soul Session: James Brown & Friends 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Aretha! 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

The American Music Awards 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

The Temptations and Four Tops 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

The Blues Brothers 1980 (Movie)

Soul Food Cafe Owner (Actor)

The Muhammad Ali Variety Special 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

Actor

Bob Hope Special: Bob Hope on Campus 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

Actor

Duke Ellington... We Love You Madly 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Actor

Rhythm, Love and Soul (TV Show)

Host
Music (84)

The Late Show With David Letterman 2014 (Tv Show)

Performer

Sparkle 2012 (Movie)

("Night Life") (Song Performer)

Jumping the Broom 2011 (Movie)

("Bridge Over Troubled Water") (Song Performer)

Love Ranch 2010 (Movie)

"Hold On I'm Comin" (Song Performer)

Tyler Perry's I Can Do Bad All by Myself 2009 (Movie)

("Rock Steady") (Song)

Gracie 2007 (Movie)

("Rock Steady") (Song)

Gracie 2007 (Movie)

("Rock Steady") (Song Performer)

This Christmas 2007 (Movie)

("Never Loved A Man (The Way That I Love You)") (Song Performer)

Akeelah and the Bee 2006 (Movie)

("Respect") (Song Performer)

Bobby 2006 (Movie)

("Baby I Love You") (Song Performer)

Deck The Halls 2006 (Movie)

("Joy To The World") (Song Performer)

Larry the Cable Guy: Health Inspector 2006 (Movie)

("Chain of Fools") (Song Performer)

Phat Girlz 2006 (Movie)

("(You Make Me Feel Like A) Natural Woman") (Song Performer)

The Last King of Scotland 2006 (Movie)

("Save Me") (Song)

Andrew and Jeremy Get Married 2004 (Movie)

("When I Fall In Love", "I Never Loved a Man (The Way I Love You)") (Song)

In Good Company 2004 (Movie)

("Chain of Fools") (Song Performer)

The Last Shot 2004 (Movie)

("Ac-cent-tchu-ate The Positive") (Song Performer)

Legally Blonde 2: Red, White and Blonde 2003 (Movie)

("Sisters Are Doin' It For Themselves") (Song Performer)

Two Weeks Notice 2002 (Movie)

("Respect") (Song Performer)

Bridget Jones's Diary 2001 (Movie)

("Respect") (Song Performer)

High Heels and Low Lives 2001 (Movie)

("Sisters Are Doin' It for Themselves" (with Eurythmics)) (Song Performer)

La Bande du drugstore 2001 (Movie)

(Song Performer)

Rat Race 2001 (Movie)

("Chain of Fools") (Song Performer)

Black and White 2000 (Movie)

("I Got High") (Song)

Grammy's Greatest Performances 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Song Performer

High Fidelity 2000 (Movie)

(Song)

High Fidelity 2000 (Movie)

("Rock Steady") (Song Performer)

Steal This Movie 2000 (Movie)

("I Never Loved a Man (The Way I Love You)") (Song Performer)

Bicentennial Man 1999 (Movie)

("Respect") (Song Performer)

Bicentennial Man 1999 (Movie)

song/song performer("(Sweet Sweet Baby) Since You've Been Gone") (Song)

Get Real 1999 (Movie)

song/song performer("Think") (Song)

Get Real 1999 (Movie)

("Respect") (Song Performer)

Blues Brothers 2000 1998 (Movie)

("Respect") (Song Performer)

Dance With Me 1998 (Movie)

("A Deeper Love") (Song Performer)

Dr. Dolittle 1998 (Movie)

("Rock Steady") (Song)

... First Do No Harm 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Song Performer

That Darn Cat 1997 (Movie)

("Respect") (Song Performer)

Trial and Error 1997 (Movie)

("Respect") (Song Performer)

A Different World 1988 - 1996 (Tv Show)

Theme Song Performer

Grace Under Fire 1993 - 1996 (Tv Show)

Song Performer

Michael 1996 (Movie)

("Chain of Fools") (Song)

The Promised Land 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Song Performer

White Lies 1995 (Movie)

("Chain of Fools") (Song Performer)

Blown Away 1994 (Movie)

("All Night Long" "You'll Lose A Good Thing") (Song Performer)

Crooklyn 1994 (Movie)

("Rock Steady") (Song Performer)

Crooklyn 1994 (Movie)

(Song)

Forrest Gump 1994 (Movie)

("Respect") (Song Performer)

Aretha Franklin: Duets 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Song Performer

Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit 1993 (Movie)

("A Deeper Love") (Song Performer)

That Night 1993 (Movie)

("Try a Little Tenderness") (Song Performer)

The Pelican Brief 1993 (Movie)

("Chain of Fools") (Song Performer)

Bebe's Kids 1992 (Movie)

("Standing on the Rock of Love") (Song Performer)

Love Potion #9 1992 (Movie)

("I Never Loved a Man (The Way I Love You)") (Song Performer)

Malcolm X 1992 (Movie)

("Someday We'll All Be Free") (Song Performer)

Night and the City 1992 (Movie)

("I Never Loved a Man (The Way I Love You)") (Song Performer)

Sneakers 1992 (Movie)

("Chain of Fools") (Song Performer)

White Men Can't Jump 1992 (Movie)

("If I Lose") (Song Performer)

Cape Fear 1991 (Movie)

("Do Right Woman - Do Right Man") (Song Performer)

Goodfellas 1990 (Movie)

("Baby I Love You") (Song Performer)

The Best of Cinemax Sessions 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Song Performer

The Sports Comedy Network 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Song Performer

A Night at the Joffrey Ballet 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Song Performer

No One Dies Alone 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Song Performer

I'm Gonna Git You Sucka 1988 (Movie)

("If Ever a Love There Was") (Song Performer)

Sweet Hearts Dance 1988 (Movie)

("Oh Happy Day") (Song Performer)

Making Mr. Right 1987 (Movie)

("Rock Steady") (Song Performer)

Street Smart 1987 (Movie)

("(You Make Me Feel Like) a Natural Woman") (Song Performer)

The Allnighter 1987 (Movie)

("Respect") (Song Performer)

Back to School 1986 (Movie)

("Respect") (Song Performer)

Jumpin' Jack Flash 1986 (Movie)

("Jumpin' Jack Flash") (Song Performer)

Nothing in Common 1986 (Movie)

("Until You Say You Love Me") (Song Performer)

Streets of Gold 1986 (Movie)

("Respect") (Song Performer)

Desperately Seeking Susan 1985 (Movie)

("Respect") (Song Performer)

St. Elmo's Fire 1985 (Movie)

("Respect") (Song Performer)

The Big Chill 1983 (Movie)

("(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman") (Song Performer)

Richard Pryor Live on the Sunset Strip 1981 (Movie)

("Respect") (Song Performer)

More American Graffiti 1979 (Movie)

("Respect") (Song Performer)

Stations of the Elevated 1979 (Movie)

(Music)

Black Joy 1978 (Movie)

("I Say a Little Prayer") (Song Performer)

Coming Home 1978 (Movie)

("Save Me") (Song Performer)

Coming Home 1978 (Movie)

(Song)

Black Rodeo 1972 (Movie)

(Music)

The Heidi Chronicles (TV Show)

Song Performer

The Preppie Murder (TV Show)

Song Performer

Biography

Gifted with one of the most remarkable voices in the history of recorded music, Aretha Franklin poured her heart and soul into every riveting performance. The undisputed "Queen of Soul," Franklin began singing gospel music before establishing a successful career as a recording artist who tackled various genres, from jazz to rhythm & blues to opera, all with the same amount of conviction and masterful technique. Franklin's body of work included some of the most loved songs of all time, including the civil rights and female empowerment anthem "Respect" (1967), and the equally uplifting ballad "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman" (1967). With a commanding presence that rivaled royalty whenever she stepped onstage, Franklin captivated music lovers of all ages, races, and walks of life while receiving the highest honors and praise from music critics and even world leaders. Franklin broke new ground in 1987 as the first woman inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, a crowning achievement for an artist who deserved to be called the greatest singer of all time.

Relationships

Clarence

Son
Franklin gave birth to her first child, named after her father, when she was 14

Edward

Son
Franklin gave birth to Eddie when she was 16

Kecalf

Son
Father, Ken Cunningham

Erma Franklin Song Performer

Sister

Carolyn Franklin Song

Sister

Clarence Franklin

Father
Died July 27, 1984 in Detroit, MI after having been shot by a burglar

Whitney Houston Actor

Goddaughter

Glynn Turman Actor

Husband
Married April 11, 1978 Divorced Feb. 7, 1984

Ted White Actor

Husband
White was Franklin's former manager Married in 1962 Divorced in 1969

Ted White

Son
Named after his father, Franklin's first husband Ted White

William Wilkerson

Companion
Announced engagement in January 2012 after being in a long-term relationship described by Franklin as "forever friends"; called off engagement weeks later

Milestones

2012

Inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame

2011

Marked 50 years in entertainment business with the album A Woman Falling Out Of Love

2009

Performed "My Country, ‘Tis of Thee" during Barack Obama’s presidential inauguration

2005

Awarded Presidential Medal of Freedom by President George W. Bush

1999

Received The National Medal of Arts from President Bill Clinton

1999

Published her memoir Aretha: From These Roots

1998

Collaborated with contemporary artists Lauryn Hill and Sean 'Puffy' Combs on A Rose Is Still a Rose

1998

Delivered memorable performance of the classic aria "Nessun Dorma" at the Grammy Awards after Lucianno Pavarotti dropped out at the last minute due to illness

1998

Headlined the concert special "Divas Live: An Honors Concert for VH1 Save the Music"

1987

Made music history as the first woman inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

1986

Topped the charts with the George Michael duet "I Knew You Were Waiting For Me" from the album Aretha

1985

Made a comeback with Who’s Zoomin’ Who?; album featured tracks "Freeway of Love" and "Sisters Are Doin’ It for Themselves," a duet with British singer Annie Lennox

1980

Made feature acting debut in "The Blues Brothers," a musical comedy starring John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd; performed her song "Think" (1968) in the film

1979

Received less commercial success with disco foray La Diva

1972

Released the successful gospel album Amazing Grace

1968

Became the second African American woman to grace the cover of TIME magazine

1967

Released her signature hit, a cover of Otis Redding's 1965 track "Respect"; also recorded the classics "Baby I Love You," "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman," and "Chain of Fools"

1966

Signed with Atlantic Records

1960

Signed with Columbia Records and released the track "Today I Sung the Blues"

1956

Released her debut album Songs of Faith

Bonus Trivia

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On June 5, 2012, Franklin received an honorary doctorate of music degree from Princeton University. The singer was previously given honorary doctorate degrees of music from Berklee College of Music (2006, 2010) and Yale University (2006, 2010).

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