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Aretha doesn't cry alone at Ford's

Aretha Franklin's hankie came courtesy of Justice Anthony Kennedy on Wednesday night. (Reflections Photography)

An emotional Aretha Franklin got all teary-eyed singing "Amazing Grace" at Ford's Theatre on Wednesday night. "I usually come out with a handkerchief," the diva told the audience. "Does anyone have one?" The first responder: Justice Anthony Kennedy, who reached into his pocket and handed her his. "Chivalry lives," she told him.

Franklin, wearing an apricot gown with wide fur cuffs, was the big surprise at the donor dinner hosted by Catherine and Wayne Reynolds. She performed for 90 guests sitting on the stage, received the theater's Lincoln Medal and hung around to tour Ford's remodeled museum.

Who knew men still walked around with hankies? "I have carried a handkerchief my whole adult life," says Ford's Director Paul Tetreault.

By The Reliable Source  |  October 23, 2009; 1:02 AM ET
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I hope Aretha got paid big bucks for this gig. Otherwise her people should know better than to put her in the company of swarmy racketeers who have gotten rich turning college students into indentured servants.

Posted by: SoCali | October 23, 2009 11:28 AM | Report abuse

45 y/o male....I carry a fresh, white handkerchief every day. A gentleman does. Also, a gentleman OWNS a tuxedo.

(My mother really did a number on me. LOL!)

Posted by: Bebunk | October 23, 2009 12:55 PM | Report abuse

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