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Tim Rice - Biography, Date of Birth, Place of Birth, Filmography

Tim Rice - biography, date of birth, place of birth, filmography, clips, Writer, Actor, Composer, Producer.

Born November 10, 1944, Amersham, Buckinghamshire, England, UK - British writer, playwright, actor, composer and producer.

Graduated from St Albans High School in Hertfordshire and Lansing College. After a year at the Sorbonne, he worked in a law office. At the same time he wrote songs and dreamed of becoming a performer.

Tim's mother was acquainted with Desmond Eliot, who represented the interests of the young composer Andrew Lloyd-Webber, who, upon learning that Tim was writing songs, advised him to contact the composer.

On April 21, 1965, he wrote a letter to Lloyd-Webber, in which he offered to work together. Andrew was interested in Tim's proposal and after the meeting they began to write a musical entitled "Like We" based on Andrew's story. The musical was unsuccessful. In 1968, another musical, "Joseph And His Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat", was written, which became widely known.

The next collaboration was again the unsuccessful musical "Come back Richard, your country needs you", and then "Jesus Christ is a superstar."

By this time Tim had already quit his job at a law firm and his next job as an assistant at the EMI recording studio, and focused entirely on writing.

The world premiere of the musical took place in 1971, and the film of the same name was shot in 1973 by Norman Jewison.

Following the success of Jesus, the collaborators parted ways. Tim began work on the libretto for the musical about Eva Peron, and Andrew worked with another writer, Alan Ayckburn, on a musical based on P. G. Woodhouse's stories about Bertie Wooster and his butler Jeeves, which again failed. Then the composer returned to Rice. Album "Evita", recorded in 1976, immediately gained high popularity in the UK.

While working on the musical in 1974, Tim married Jane McIntosh, and in the same year they had a daughter, Eva Jane Florence, and in 1977 their son Donald was born.

In 1978 Evita was staged on stage. It soon became known that the leading actor Elaine Page and Tim were connected not only by friendly relations, but it did not come to a divorce from Jane McIntosh, although the story of this novel got into the press.

In the same year, there was a serious disagreement between Tim and Andrew. Andrew, got carried away with the idea of ??the musical "Cats", which would be based on the cycle of poems by TS Eliot "Old'Possum's Book of Practical Cats". One ballad, "Memory," had to be written, but Tim refused as Elaine was not on the lineup. But the alleged lead singer Judy Dench injured her leg, Elaine was invited to the lead role, and Tim still wrote the lyrics for the ballad. However, the musical included a different text, which was written by the director of the play, Trevor Nunn.

As a result of this, there was a serious disagreement between the co-authors and their paths finally parted.

Following this story, Tim began working with Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulveus, members of the ABBA quartet, on a musical set during the Cold War. The musical was named "Chess". The album was recorded in 1983 and gained fame in Europe, and the song "I Know Him So Well" hit the first place in the charts.

The play was staged in London in 1984 and was well received by the public, but the Broadway version of the play failed, not least because of a poor production and changes to the libretto, made without Rice's knowledge and negatively affecting the plot.

Other works were Heathcliff, co-written with John Farrar and dedicated to Cliff Richard, and Blondel, about the minstrel of King Richard the Lionheart, written with composer Stephen Oliver. He also collaborated with Freddie Mercury, for whom he wrote two songs "Fallen Priest" and "Golden Boy" (album "Barcelona"), and composers Vangelis, Francis Lei, Paul McCartney.

After that there was a long collaboration with the studio "The Walt Disney Company". Tim wrote several songs for the cartoon "Aladdin", and for one of them "A Whole New World" he received his first Oscar. The next work for Disney was songs for the cartoon "The Lion King", written with Elton John. The film became the most commercially successful cartoon of all time, and the songs recorded for it played an important role in this. Of the five Oscar-nominated songs for Best Song for a Film in 1995, three were written by Tim Rice and Elton John for The Lion King. The song "Can You Feel the Love Tonight" won an Oscar.

In 1996 Evita was filmed. For this project Tim and Andrew teamed up again, and the song "You Must Love Me" won an Oscar.

After that Tim worked again with Elton John on the musical Aida, which won five Tony and Grammy awards. This was followed by work on songs for the cartoon (Road to Eldorado), but for the Dreamworks studio.

This is his last major work at the moment. In the early nineties, their romance with Elaine ended and Tim returned to Jane McIntosh again. He also had a third child.

In 1999, a knight of the British Empire, Sir Tim Rice was elevated to the Songwriters' Hall of Fame.

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