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Also Known As: Rachel Mary Berkeley Portman Died:
Born: December 11, 1960 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Haslemere, England, GB Profession: composer

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One of a handful of contemporary female film composers, Rachel Portman has created lush and colorful scores that enhance or reflect the emotions of the feature's characters. Using minimal cues for effect, she has designed her work to appeal directly to the viewer's sensibilities. Equally at home scoring heavily dramatic motion pictures as well as light romantic comedies, Portman has proven to be adept at compositions that reflect humanity.

One of a handful of contemporary female film composers, Rachel Portman has created lush and colorful scores that enhance or reflect the emotions of the feature's characters. Using minimal cues for effect, she has designed her work to appeal directly to the viewer's sensibilities. Equally at home scoring heavily dramatic motion pictures as well as light romantic comedies, Portman has proven to be adept at compositions that reflect humanity.

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Began music training as a child
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Began composing music as a teenager
1982:
Composed first score for the TV-movie, "Experience Preferred ... But Not Essential"; released theatrically in the USA in 1983
1982:
First feature score, "Privileged", directed by Michael Hoffman; first
1987:
Contributed the score for episodes of the NBC drama series "The Storyteller"
1990:
Scored the TV-movies "Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit" and "Antonia and Jane", both directed by Beeban Kidron
1991:
Won acclaim for the music in "Where Angels Fear to Tread"
1992:
Reteamed with Kidron for the jazzy score to "Used People"
1995:
Scored Kidron's "Too Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar"
1996:
Provided the score for "Emma"; became first female to win an Oscar for composing a full musical score (as opposed to working on a song or song score)
1998:
Scored "Beloved"
1999:
Composed the atmospheric and lyric score for "The Cider House Rule"; picked up an Oscar nomination for Best Original Score
2000:
Wrote the jaunty themes for "The Closer You Get"; produced by her husband
2000:
Penned the music for "The Legend of Bagger Vance"
2000:
Wrote the underscore for the motion picture "Chocolat"; received Oscar nomination
2002:
Composed the score for "Hart's War"
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Education

University of Oxford: Oxford , England -
Charterhouse School: -

Notes

"My utter commitment is to write the music that works for the film, not write the music which works for me."--Portman quoted in The Hollywood Reporter, January 1994.

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husband:
Uberto Pasolini. Survived him.
husband:
Uberto Pasolini. Producer. Married in 1995.

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