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Aretha Franklin 10 Personal Facts, Bio, Wiki
Born: March 25, 1942, Memphis, Tennessee, United States
Died: August 16, 2018, Detroit, Michigan, United States
Children: Kecalf Cunningham, Clarence Franklin, Edward Franklin, Teddy Richards
Spouse: Glynn Turman (m. 1978–1984), Ted White (m. 1961–1969)
Siblings: Erma Franklin, Carolyn Franklin, Carl Ellan Kelley, Vaughn Franklin, Rev. Cecil Franklin
Date of burial: August 31, 2018
Birthday: March 25, 1942 (Aries)
Born In: Memphis, Tennessee, United States
Also Known As: Aretha Louise Franklin
Died At Age: 76
Spouse/Ex-: Glynn Turman (M. 1978–1984), Ted White (M. 1961–1969)
Father: Clarence LaVaughn Franklin
Mother: Barbara Siggers
Siblings: Carl Ellan Kelley, Carolyn Franklin, Erma Franklin, Rev. Cecil Franklin, Vaughn Franklin
Children: Clarence Franklin, Edward Franklin, Kecalf Cunningham, Ted White Jr.
Born Country: United States
Height: 5’5″ (165 cm), 5’5″ Females
Died On: August 16, 2018
Place Of Death: Detroit, Michigan, United States
Cause Of Death: Pancreatic Neuroendocrine Tumor (PNET)
U.S. State: Tennessee, African-American From Tennessee
City: Memphis, Tennessee
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Born in Memphis, Tennessee, and raised in Detroit, Michigan, Franklin moved to New York City in the 1960s where she lived until relocating to Los Angeles in the mid-1970s.
She eventually settled in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Encino, where she lived until 1982. She then returned to the Detroit suburb of Bloomfield Hills to be close to her ailing father and siblings. Franklin maintained a residence there until her death.
Following an incident in 1984, she cited a fear of flying that prevented her from traveling overseas; she performed only in North America afterwards.
Franklin was the mother of four sons. She first became pregnant at the age of 12 and gave birth to her first child, named Clarence after her father, on January 28, 1955.
In one of her handwritten wills, discovered in 2019, Franklin revealed that the father was Edward Jordan. On August 31, 1957, at the age of 15, Franklin had a second child fathered by Jordan, named Edward Derone Franklin after his father.
Franklin did not like to discuss her early pregnancies with interviewers. Both children took her family name. While Franklin was pursuing her singing career and “hanging out with “, her grandmother Rachel and sister Erma took turns raising her children.
Franklin would visit them often. Her third child, Ted White Jr., was born to Franklin and her husband Theodore “Ted” White in February 1964 and is known professionally as Teddy Richards. He provided guitar backing for his mother’s band during live concerts.
Her youngest son, Kecalf Cunningham, was born in April 1970 and is the child of her road manager Ken Cunningham.
Franklin was married twice. Her first husband was Ted White, whom she married in 1961 at the age of 18. She had actually seen White the first time at a party held at her house in 1954.
After a contentious marriage that was marred by domestic abuse, Franklin separated from White in 1968 and divorced him in 1969. She married actor Glynn Turman, on April 11, 1978, at her father’s church.
By marrying Turman, Franklin became stepmother of Turman’s three children. Franklin and Turman separated in 1982 after she returned to Michigan from California and they divorced in 1984.
Franklin’s sisters, Erma and Carolyn, were professional musicians and spent years performing background vocals on Franklin’s recordings.
Following Franklin’s divorce from Ted White, her brother Cecil became her manager and maintained that position until his death from lung cancer on December 26, 1989.
Her sister Carolyn died in April 1988 from breast cancer and her eldest sister Erma died from throat cancer in September 2002. Franklin’s half-brother Vaughn died in late 2002.
Her half-sister, Carol Ellan Kelley (née Jennings; 1940–2019), is C. L. Franklin’s daughter by Mildred Jennings, a 12-year-old member of New Salem Baptist Church in Memphis where C. L. was pastor.
Franklin’s father and idol, described as “unorthodox on every level,” knowingly preyed on his pre-teen congregants.
Franklin was performing at the Aladdin Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada, on June 10, 1979, when her father, C. L., was shot twice at point-blank range in his Detroit home.
After six months at Henry Ford Hospital while still in a coma, C. L. was moved back to his home with 24-hour nursing care.
Aretha moved back to Detroit in late 1982 to assist with the care of her father, who died at Detroit’s New Light Nursing Home on July 27, 1984.
Franklin had a long friendship with Willie Wilkerson, a Vietnam War veteran and Detroit firefighter, who also helped in her work and cared for her when ill. In 2012 she announced plans to marry Wilkerson but the engagement was quickly called off.
Franklin’s music business friends included Dionne Warwick, Mavis Staples, and Cissy Houston, who began singing with Franklin as members of the Sweet Inspirations. Houston sang background on Franklin’s hit “Ain’t No Way”.
Franklin first met Cissy’s young daughter, Whitney Houston, in the early 1970s. She was made Whitney’s honorary aunt (not a godmother as has been occasionally reported) and Whitney often referred to her as “Auntie Ree”.
Franklin had to cancel plans to perform at Whitney Houston’s memorial service on February 18, 2012, due to a leg spasm.
Franklin was a Christian and was a registered Democrat.