Category: scandal

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Aretha Franklin with her father,

Bishop C.L. Franklin (1915 – 1984), and her sister, fellow singer

Erma Franklin

(1938 – 2002) in New York, 1971. 

C.L. Franklin served as the pastor of New Bethel Baptist Church in Detroit from 1946 to 1979. The church was a commonplace for orgies which Ray Charles described as a “sex circus.” In 1940, while married to his daughter’s mother, Barbara Siggers, C.L. Franklin fathered a daughter named Carl Ellan Kelley (née Jennings) by Mildred Jennings, a 12-year-old girl in his New Salem Baptist Church congregation. Aretha also became pregnant at the age of just 12 in 1954. She gave birth to a baby boy she named Clarence Franklin, after her dad on January 28, 1955. Rumors swirled that her own father was the father of her first child but it was Donald Burk, a guy she knew from school. At the age of 14 on January 22, 1957, Aretha had a second child named Edward Franklin after his father Edward Jordan. In 1979, C.L. was shot during an attempted robbery. He remained in a coma until his death in 1984.

Erma, the oldest of C.L. Franklin’s six children died of throat cancer in 2002.  

(Photos by Anthony Barboza)

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Aretha Franklin with her father,

Bishop C.L. Franklin (1915 – 1984), and her sister, fellow singer

Erma Franklin

(1938 – 2002) in New York, 1971. 

C.L. Franklin served as the pastor of New Bethel Baptist Church in Detroit from 1946 to 1979. The church was a commonplace for orgies which Ray Charles described as a “sex circus.” In 1940, while married to his daughter’s mother, Barbara Siggers, C.L. Franklin fathered a daughter named Carl Ellan Kelley (née Jennings) by Mildred Jennings, a 12-year-old girl in his New Salem Baptist Church congregation. Aretha also became pregnant at the age of just 12 in 1954. She gave birth to a baby boy she named Clarence Franklin, after her dad on January 28, 1955. Rumors swirled that her own father was the father of her first child but it was Donald Burk, a guy she knew from school. At the age of 14 on January 22, 1957, Aretha had a second child named Edward Franklin after his father Edward Jordan. In 1979, C.L. was shot during an attempted robbery. He remained in a coma until his death in 1984.

Erma, the oldest of C.L. Franklin’s six children died of throat cancer in 2002.  

(Photos by Anthony Barboza)

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Aretha Franklin with her father,

Bishop C.L. Franklin (1915 – 1984), and her sister, fellow singer

Erma Franklin

(1938 – 2002) in New York, 1971. 

C.L. Franklin served as the pastor of New Bethel Baptist Church in Detroit from 1946 to 1979. The church was a commonplace for orgies which Ray Charles described as a “sex circus.” In 1940, while married to his daughter’s mother, Barbara Siggers, C.L. Franklin fathered a daughter named Carl Ellan Kelley (née Jennings) by Mildred Jennings, a 12-year-old girl in his New Salem Baptist Church congregation. Aretha also became pregnant at the age of just 12 in 1954. She gave birth to a baby boy she named Clarence Franklin, after her dad on January 28, 1955. Rumors swirled that her own father was the father of her first child but it was Donald Burk, a guy she knew from school. At the age of 14 on January 22, 1957, Aretha had a second child named Edward Franklin after his father Edward Jordan. In 1979, C.L. was shot during an attempted robbery. He remained in a coma until his death in 1984.

Erma, the oldest of C.L. Franklin’s six children died of throat cancer in 2002.  

(Photos by Anthony Barboza)

Aretha Franklin with her father,

Bishop C. L. Franklin (1915 – 1984), and her sister, fellow singer Carolyn Franklin (1944 – 1988) in New York, 1971. 

C. L. Franklin served as the pastor of New Bethel Baptist Church in Detroit from 1946 to 1979. The church was a commonplace for orgies which Ray Charles described as a ‘sex circus.’ In 1940, while married to his daughter’s mother, Barbara Siggers,

C. L. Franklin

fathered a daughter, Carl Ellan Kelley (née Jennings), by Mildred Jennings, a 12-year-old girl in his New Salem Baptist Church congregation. Aretha also became pregnant at the age of just 12 in 1954. She gave birth to a baby boy she named Clarence Franklin, after her dad

on January 28, 1955. Rumors swirled that her own father was the father of her first child but it was Donald Burk, a guy she knew from school.

At the age of 14 on January 22, 1957,

Aretha

had a second child named Edward Franklin after his father Edward Jordan. In 1979,

C. L. was shot during an attempted robbery. 

He remained in a coma until his death in 1984. Carolyn, the youngest of C. L. Franklin’s 6 children died of breast cancer in 1988.

(Photos by Anthony Barboza)

Loretta Young with her daughter Judy Lewis

Loretta gave birth to her daughter Judy on November 6, 1935. Judy was the result of an affair with Clark Gable during filming of The Call of the Wild (1935). In 1935 extramarital affairs and out-of-wedlock pregnancies were so scandalous it could have ended both of their careers. Loretta, a devout Catholic refused to have an abortion.

She spent most of her pregnancy in Europe to avoid Hollywood gossip. She resorted to giving the baby, who had a false name listed as her mother on her birth certificate, to an orphanage and at 19 months old she formally adopted her biological daughter. Loretta did all she could to conceal Judy’s paternity. Judy inherited Clark’s trademark big ears so Loretta used bonnets to hide them. At 7-years-old Judy’s ears were surgically pinned back. 

Judy saw her father, who died in 1960, only once, when she was 15 but at the time she didn’t know he was her father. In 1958, Judy had an identity crisis and was hesitant to marry her fiancé so he told her Clark Gable is her father. She confronted her mother in 1966 who then finally revealed the truth. In her 1994 memoir, “Uncommon Knowledge,” Judy expressed her upset that her mother never admitted that her adoption was all a sham. Loretta refused to speak with her daughter for 3 years after her memoir’s publication. After years of rumors and criticisms, Loretta confessed in her memoir that Judy is her biological daughter and it was indeed Gable who fathered her baby, but she refused to allow the book to be published until after her death in 2000. Judy died in 2011 at the age of 76. 

In 2015, Linda Lewis,

Loretta’s daughter-in-law,

stated publicly

that

Loretta

had confided to her before her death that Gable had raped

Loretta, and that, though the two had flirted on-set, there had been no affair.

Clark Gable and Loretta Young in The Call of the Wild (1935)

During filming Clark and Loretta had an affair resulting in the birth of their daughter, Judy Lewis on November 6, 1935. Loretta, a single

devout

Catholic concealed her pregnancy and placed her daughter in an orphanage at eight months. She brought her into public view at 19 months, saying she was her adopted child. Judy didn’t discover the truth about her biological parents until was 31 years old, by then Clark had died. The truth was kept a secret for nearly 60 years until Judy confirmed that the rumors were true in her 1994 memoir Uncommon Knowledge

Getting ready for the Emmy’s tonight by reliving a few of my favorite past red carpet looks.

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