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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.

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.

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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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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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