Aretha Franklin - Aretha Franklin Getting Ready For Birthday Bash

Aretha Franklin is planning a huge star-studded bash to celebrate her 69th birthday tomorrow (25.03.11).

The soul singer - who underwent surgery in December for an undisclosed complaint, rumoured to be pancreatic cancer - will first take nine friends to see James Earl Jones perform in 'Driving Miss Daisy' on Broadway in New York followed by a carefully planned party at the Helmsley Park Lane Hotel.

The 'Respect' singer even made the phone call to the theatre herself to purchase the ten tickets.

Pals say Aretha's recent health scare have made her more determined to enjoy life and she is taking complete control of planning the birthday bash, which 100 of her closest friends are expected to attend.

A source told National Enquirer magazine: "Aretha's not saying it, but she knows this could very well be her last birthday celebration, so she's going all out. She may be recovering from her illness, but she's still a diva so she's planning every detail down to the napkins - she's making sure this party will be one to remember."

"Aretha isn't calling this her swan song, but she wants to be remembered, and what better way to go out than with a huge bash!"

The 100 guests are expected to include Oprah Winfrey, Dionne Warwick, Gladys Knight, Natalie Cole Patti Labelle and Smokey Robinson, Wendy Williams, Berry Gordy and the Reverend Jesse Jackson.


Contactmusic

Tags: Aretha Franklin - Berry Gordy - Celebration - Dionne Warwick - Driving Miss Daisy - Gladys Knight - James Earl Jones - Jesse Jackson - Natalie Cole - Oprah Winfrey - Patti Labelle - Smokey Robinson - Wendy Williams


Editors Recommendations

No, AC/DC Are Not Splitting Up After All. Probably.

It looks like AC/DC fans can breathe a sigh of relief, because rumors of the band’s...

No, AC/DC Are Not Splitting Up After All. Probably.

Allergic Reaction To Blame For Miley Cyrus' Cancelled Tuesday Gig

Miley Cyrus has had it rough this week, as the star has been hospitalized for a severe allergic...

Allergic Reaction To Blame For Miley Cyrus' Cancelled Tuesday Gig

'Transcendence': Negative Reviews For Johnny Depp's 'Lone Ranger' Comeback

‘Transcendence’ is a stern Springtime test for Johnny Depp; the 50-year-old actor mooted...

'Transcendence': Negative Reviews For Johnny Depp's 'Lone Ranger' Comeback

Paul Walker's Brothers Brought In By Universal To Complete Late Actor's "Fast & Furious 7" Scenes

The team behind Fast & Furious 7 has come up with a untraditional solution to finish...

Paul Walker's Brothers Brought In By Universal To Complete Late Actor's

Game of Thrones' Jack Gleeson On Joffrey, Screen Deaths And His Indefinite Retirement

Let’s get the spoiler alert out of the way first: if you haven’t seen Season 4 Episode 2...

Game of Thrones' Jack Gleeson On Joffrey, Screen Deaths And His Indefinite Retirement

Why Did Nobody Watch The 'Mad Men' Season 7 Premiere?

We're not sure what everyone was watching on Sunday night, but the season seven premiere...

Why Did Nobody Watch The 'Mad Men' Season 7 Premiere?

The Next 'Breaking Bad'? 'Fargo' Ep. 1 Is A Must-See [Video]

New television series Fargo premiered last night on FX, giving American audiences...

The Next 'Breaking Bad'? 'Fargo' Ep. 1 Is A Must-See [Video]

Lindsay Lohan's Mother, Dina, Loses Driving Licence After Pleading Guilty To DUI

A member of the Lohan family has ran into trouble with the law, yet again...

Lindsay Lohan's Mother, Dina, Loses Driving Licence After Pleading Guilty To DUI

The First 'Gone Girl' Trailer is Weird And Different To Other Trailers

“I did not kill my wife!” exclaims Ben Affleck in the first official trailer for David Fincher’s...

The First 'Gone Girl' Trailer is Weird And Different To Other Trailers


More recommendations

Comments

Aretha Franklin Newsletter

Subscribe to this news alert service to receive news and reviews on Aretha Franklin

Unsubscribe | Unsubscribe All