Davis sat next to Franklin for most of the night at the soiree at the Helmsley Park Lane Hotel, which included a sit-down dinner, a dance performance and a mini-concert that featured rising jazz pianist Kris Bowers.
When asked whether marriage might once again be in her future, the Queen of Soul simply said: “We’ll see what happens.”
As far as future work-related plans, she was looking forward to performances in California and said she was helping negotiate a record contract for her grandson. Her planned biopic is on hold. “It’s in a limbo position,” she said. “It’s just a lot going on.”
Franklin said she planned to spend her actual birthday _ Sunday _ relaxing with a paper, her feet up and watching TV.
But Saturday night, she hung out with friends long after the party’s designated end time.
At one point, she joked that she was turning back the hands of time.
“I was wondering, `What is it going to be like to be 50?’ I can tell you now it feels like 40,” she said as the crowd laughed.
She then made reference to the film “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” about a man who gets younger as he ages.
“So remember Benjamin Buttons?” she said. “Ree Ree Buttons!”
Nekesa Mumbi Moody is the AP’s music editor. Follow her at http://www.twitter.com/nekesamumbi
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