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Also Known As: Tim Rice, Timothy Miles Benton Rice Died:
Born: November 10, 1944 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Buckinghamshire, England, GB Profession: lyricist, producer, actor, author

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As the lyricist for some of the biggest musicals of the 20th century, Sir Tim Rice is one of the most celebrated figures in musical theatre, responsible for a multitude of modern standards. Born in Buckinghamshire, England on November 10, 1944, Rice attended the Sorbonne before entering the music world on the business side, working in management for EMI and becoming a producer in the late '60s. But at the same time, he'd begun his career as a lyricist with a bang, writing the songs for 1968's smash Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat with Andrew Lloyd Webber, with whom he would go on to create more classic material. The pair brought the New Testament and rock 'n' roll together in the pioneering, hugely successful Jesus Christ Superstar in 1970, which generated the hits "I Don't Know How to Love Him" and "Superstar" (not to be confused with the '70s Carpenters hit of the same name). They collaborated on the classic show Evita in 1976, which included the ubiquitous hit "Don't Cry For Me Argentina." The '80s and '90s proved to be just as successful for Rice, as he worked with other composers on a string of huge hits. He wrote 1984's Chess with Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus of ABBA, giving...

As the lyricist for some of the biggest musicals of the 20th century, Sir Tim Rice is one of the most celebrated figures in musical theatre, responsible for a multitude of modern standards. Born in Buckinghamshire, England on November 10, 1944, Rice attended the Sorbonne before entering the music world on the business side, working in management for EMI and becoming a producer in the late '60s. But at the same time, he'd begun his career as a lyricist with a bang, writing the songs for 1968's smash Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat with Andrew Lloyd Webber, with whom he would go on to create more classic material. The pair brought the New Testament and rock 'n' roll together in the pioneering, hugely successful Jesus Christ Superstar in 1970, which generated the hits "I Don't Know How to Love Him" and "Superstar" (not to be confused with the '70s Carpenters hit of the same name). They collaborated on the classic show Evita in 1976, which included the ubiquitous hit "Don't Cry For Me Argentina." The '80s and '90s proved to be just as successful for Rice, as he worked with other composers on a string of huge hits. He wrote 1984's Chess with Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus of ABBA, giving the world the smash "One Night in Bangkok." Rice and Alan Menken wrote 1994's Beauty and the Beast and partnered with pop titan Elton John to write 1997's enormously successful show The Lion King. John and Rice partnered again for 2000's Aida, a theatrical version of Verdi's opera. Rice teamed up with Webber one more time, for their 2011 update of The Wizard of Oz, but afterwards he declared that it would be their last, stating the pair were "not relevant as a team any more." The same year, Rice contributed to the Alan Menken-composed Aladdin. Over the years, much of Rice's work has also been adapted for film, including Aladdin, The Lion King, and Beauty and the Beast.

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1991:
Began affiliation with Walt Disney Company, collaborating with Alan Menken and Elton John
1996:
Collaborated again with Andrew Lloyd Webber for original song "You Must Love Me" for the feature film "Evita"
1980:
Ended collaboration with Lloyd Webber (date approximate)
1966:
First collaboration with Lloyd Webber, "The Likes of Us" (unproduced)
1986:
Producing debut, "Chess"
1998:
Reteamed with Elton John to write score for the stage musical "Elaborate Lives: The Legend of Aida"; production opened in Atlanta; revised version, just called "Aida" opened in 1999 in Chicago and in March 2000 on Broadway; received 2000 Tony Award for Original Score
2000:
Reteamed with Elton John to write songs for the DreamWorks animated musical "The Road to El Dorado"
1967:
First produced collaboration, "Joseph and the Amazing Techicolor Dream Coat"
:
Knighted by Queen Elizabeth II
1986:
Wrote "Cricket", a brief operetta with Lloyd Webber
1999:
Collaborated with Burt Bacharach on the song "Walking Tall" from the feature "Stuart Little"
1969:
First West End production, "Jesus Christ Superstar"
1965:
Met Andrew Lloyd Webber at Royal College of Music
2008:
Received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
2011:
Composed six new songs for the 2011 stage musical "The Wizard of Oz"
2013:
Wrote several songs for the West End musical, "From Here to Eternity"
1997:
Made musical history with Elton John on "The Lion King"
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Education

Lancing College: - 1958
Sorbonne, University of Paris: - 1963
Royal College of Music: - 1965

Notes

Inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1999.

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companion:
Juliet Simpkins. No longer together.
companion:
Pru De Casemboot. No longer together; later married David Hemmings.
wife:
Jane Rice. Scottish; married in 1974; filed for divorce in 1980s; reconciled and remain married.
companion:
Elaine Paige. Actor. Born in 1949; starred in "Evita" and "Chess" on London stage; together in late 1970s through mid-80s; relationship caused scandal in London; no longer together.
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father:
Hugh Gordon Rice.
mother:
Joan Odette Rice.
brother:
Jonathan Rice. Screenwriter.
daughter:
Eva Rice. Born 1976; mother, Jane McIntosh Rice.
son:
Donald Rice. Born 1978; mother, Jane McIntosh Rice.
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Bibliography close complete biography

"Guiness Book of British Hit Singles"

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