Jennifer Hudson Reflects on Her Final Phone Call with Aretha Franklin, Days Before Her Death

Jennifer Hudson plays her idol and mentor Aretha Franklin in the new movie Respect and she’s opening up about the weekly phone calls she used to have with the late singer.

The Oscar and Grammy-winning actress started a friendship with Aretha after the legend reached out to her following the release of Dreamgirls.

Days before Aretha passed away, Jennifer had her final phone call with her.

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“The last time I heard her voice was August 8,” Jennifer told THR. For those who don’t know, Aretha passed away on August 16, 2018.

Jennifer spoke about the call on August 8, 2021, while attending the red carpet premiere of Respect. She said, “It’s odd that here we are again, on August 8, three years later. Right after we spoke, they told me she was no longer competent enough to speak but she sang to me on our call and we talked about my son and his cooking. She loves to cook and so does he. I sent her a video of him cooking. I truly miss hearing from her.”

Jennifer was also asked if she knows why Aretha picked her for the role in the biopic.

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