New Aretha Bio Dishes The Dirt

“Respect,” a new biography of Aretha Franklin by David Ritz (who has also written an earlier, more sanitized bio of the Queen of Soul), has just been published. Janet Maslin’s review makes it sound pretty juicy: ‘As Mr. Ritz shows, she remained a fearful, secretive woman of few words throughout her career, though there was one realm in which she was always eager to verbalize. She earned her diva reputation by seldom missing a chance to insult a female rival, even if — especially if — that rival was one of her ever-envious sisters.’

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