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Also Known As: Sir 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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Tall and silver-haired, Rice began his lyric writing career in partnership with fellow music student Andrew Lloyd Webber in the mid-1960s. Their first produced musicals were drawn from Biblical themes: "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat" (1967) and "Jesus Christ Superstar" (1969). Rice and Lloyd Webber pioneered the use of concept albums in raising both money for and public awareness of their music. The apotheosis of their collaboration was "Evita" (1979), a pop opera about Argentina's first lady, Eva Peron that was a success both in London and in New York and earned Rice two Tony Awards. After nearly a decade and a half, it was finally filmed in 1996 with Madonna in the lead.Following "Evita", Rice and Lloyd Webber went their separate ways creatively (except for the 1986 operetta "Cricket" commissioned for presentation before Queen Elizabeth II). Rice collaborated with composer Stephen Oliver on the medieval story "Blondel" (1983) and later wrote "Chess" (1985) with pop artists Bjorn Ulvaeus and Benny Anderson (of ABBA). The latter went through several incarnations, beginning as a concept album and later staged in London by Michael Bennett and Trevor Nunn and in New York by Nunn. While...

Tall and silver-haired, Rice began his lyric writing career in partnership with fellow music student Andrew Lloyd Webber in the mid-1960s. Their first produced musicals were drawn from Biblical themes: "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat" (1967) and "Jesus Christ Superstar" (1969). Rice and Lloyd Webber pioneered the use of concept albums in raising both money for and public awareness of their music. The apotheosis of their collaboration was "Evita" (1979), a pop opera about Argentina's first lady, Eva Peron that was a success both in London and in New York and earned Rice two Tony Awards. After nearly a decade and a half, it was finally filmed in 1996 with Madonna in the lead.

Following "Evita", Rice and Lloyd Webber went their separate ways creatively (except for the 1986 operetta "Cricket" commissioned for presentation before Queen Elizabeth II). Rice collaborated with composer Stephen Oliver on the medieval story "Blondel" (1983) and later wrote "Chess" (1985) with pop artists Bjorn Ulvaeus and Benny Anderson (of ABBA). The latter went through several incarnations, beginning as a concept album and later staged in London by Michael Bennett and Trevor Nunn and in New York by Nunn. While the pop score produced the hit singles "One Night in Bangkok" and "I Know Him So Well" in England, "Chess" failed to capture the American public's attention, partly because its use of a chess match as a metaphor for the Cold War seemed dated by its 1988 American premiere.

Rice had contributed lyrics to several songs used in features including "Hearts Not Diamonds" (music by Marvin Hamlisch) in "The Fan" (1981) and "All Time High" (music by John Barry) in "Octopussy" (1983). In 1992, he was selected to help augment the score for Disney's animated feature "Aladdin" after lyricist Howard Ashman had succumbed to AIDS. Collaborating with composer Alan Menken, Rice provided the words for the Oscar-winning "A Whole New World". He and Menken further collaborated on the stage version of "Disney's Beauty and the Beast" (1993). Rice then teamed with Elton John for the songs for Disney's "The Lion King" (1994), for which he received his second Oscar for "Can You Feel the Love Tonight?". Rice picked up a third Oscar for the ballad "You Must Love Me" written for Madonna to sing in "Evita" (1996). The song also marked the first collaboration between Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber in over a decade.

A noted cricket enthusiast, Rice has also co-authored a series of books on popular music for Guinness Books.

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1965:
Met Andrew Lloyd Webber at Royal College of Music
1966:
First collaboration with Lloyd Webber, "The Likes of Us" (unproduced)
1967:
First produced collaboration, "Joseph and the Amazing Techicolor Dream Coat"
1969:
First West End production, "Jesus Christ Superstar"
1980:
Ended collaboration with Lloyd Webber (date approximate)
1986:
Wrote "Cricket", a brief operetta with Lloyd Webber
1986:
Producing debut, "Chess"
1991:
Began affiliation with Walt Disney Company, collaborating with Alan Menken and Elton John
:
Knighted by Queen Elizabeth II
1996:
Collaborated again with Andrew Lloyd Webber for original song "You Must Love Me" for the feature film "Evita"
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
1999:
Collaborated with Burt Bacharach on the song "Walking Tall" from the feature "Stuart Little"
2000:
Reteamed with Elton John to write songs for the DreamWorks animated musical "The Road to El Dorado"
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Education

Lancing College: - 1958 - 1962
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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Family close complete family listing

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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