Her favorite film as a child was The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex (1939)
1984: Her father, the Rev. C.L. Franklin, died after having been shot by a burglar.
1987: Her duet with George Michael, "I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)", was a UK #1 single.
1992: Performed at President Bill Clinton's presidential inauguration.
1999: She was awarded the American National Medal of the Arts by the National Endowment of the Arts in Washington, DC.
Voted the greatest singer of the rock era in a Rolling Stone magazine poll in 2008.
Aretha sang "God Bless America" at the inauguration of Barack Obama on January 20, 2009.
Was reported that she has pancreatic cancer. (8 Dec 2010).
Engaged to longtime friend, William "Willie" Wilkerson [January 3, 2012].
She was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Recording at 6920 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California.