Jennifer Hudson and Cynthia Erivo Remember Aretha Franklin on Her Birthday
By Zach Seemayer
All hail the Queen of Soul! In celebration of iconic songstress Aretha Franklin, on what would have been her 79th birthday, the two acclaimed actresses portraying her in upcoming biopics are honoring her legacy.
Jennifer Hudson took to Instagram on Thursday to show the progress of her mural of Franklin's face, created in spray paint.
"Royalty ! Sharing the making of My Aretha Franklin, Queen of Soul mural in honor of the Queens birthday on today!" wrote Hudson, who portrays Franklin in the upcoming biopic Respect.
"Thank God a soul lives forever!" Hudson added. "Happy heavenly birthday #arethafranklinbirthday."
Franklin died at her home on Aug. 16, 2018, at the age of 76.
Ervio, who is one Oscar shy of an EGOT, portrays the musical icon in season 3 of Genius, National Geographic’s Emmy-winning anthology series, which depicts the fascinating stories of the world’s most brilliant innovators.