Tim Rice

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Sir Tim Rice
Tim Rice - 1981.jpg
Rice in New York, 1981
Background information
Birth nameTimothy Miles Bindon Rice
Born(1944-11-10) 10 November 1944 (age 69)
OriginAmersham, Buckinghamshire, England, United Kingdom
GenresMusical theatre, film, television
OccupationsLyricist
Years active1965–present
Associated actsAndrew Lloyd Webber, Alan Menken, Elton John, Stephen Oliver, Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson, Cliff Richard
Websitetimrice.co.uk
 
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Sir Tim Rice
Tim Rice - 1981.jpg
Rice in New York, 1981
Background information
Birth nameTimothy Miles Bindon Rice
Born(1944-11-10) 10 November 1944 (age 69)
OriginAmersham, Buckinghamshire, England, United Kingdom
GenresMusical theatre, film, television
OccupationsLyricist
Years active1965–present
Associated actsAndrew Lloyd Webber, Alan Menken, Elton John, Stephen Oliver, Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson, Cliff Richard
Websitetimrice.co.uk

Sir Timothy Miles Bindon "Tim" Rice (born 10 November 1944) is a British lyricist and author. An Academy Award, Golden Globe Award, Tony Award and Grammy Award-winning lyricist, Rice is best known for his collaborations with Andrew Lloyd Webber, with whom he wrote Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Jesus Christ Superstar, Evita, and additional songs for the 2011 West End revival of The Wizard of Oz, and for his work for Walt Disney Studios with Alan Menken (Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast, King David), Elton John (The Lion King, Aida, The Road to El Dorado) and Ennio Morricone.

Rice was knighted by Elizabeth II for services to music. He has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, is an inductee into the Songwriter's Hall of Fame, is a Disney Legend recipient, and is a fellow of the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors.

Early life[edit]

Rice was born at Shardeloes, an historic English country house near Amersham, Buckinghamshire, United Kingdom that was requisitioned as a maternity hospital during World War II. His father, Hugh Gordon Rice, served with the Eighth Army and reached the rank of major during World War II, whilst his mother, Joan Odette (née Bawden), served in the Women's Auxiliary Air Force (WAAF) as a photographic interpreter.[1][2] After the war, they worked for the de Havilland aircraft company.

Education[edit]

Rice was educated at three independent schools: at Aldwickbury School, on the outskirts of Harpenden in Hertfordshire, followed by St Albans School in the city of St Albans (also in Hertfordshire) and Lancing College, near the town of Lancing in West Sussex, on the south coast of England. He left Lancing with GCE A-Levels in History and French and then started work as an articled clerk for a law firm in London, having decided not to apply for a university place.[3] He later attended the Sorbonne in Paris for a year.

Career[edit]

After studying for a year in Paris at the Sorbonne, Rice joined EMI Records as a management trainee on 6 June 1966. When EMI producer Norrie Paramor left to set up his own organisation in 1968, Rice joined him as an assistant producer, working with, among others, Cliff Richard. Rice has collaborated with Andrew Lloyd Webber, with whom he wrote Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Jesus Christ Superstar, Evita, Cricket, and The Likes of Us. For The Walt Disney Company, Rice has collaborated individually with Alan Menken and Elton John, creating productions including Aladdin (winning an Academy Award, Golden Globe and Grammy Award for Song of the Year for the song "A Whole New World") and The Lion King (winning the Golden Globe and Academy Award for Best Original Song for "Can You Feel the Love Tonight"). In 1996, his collaboration with Lloyd Webber for the film version Evita won Rice his third Academy Award for Best Original Song with the song "You Must Love Me". Rice has also collaborated with Björn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson of ABBA on Chess and with Rick Wakeman on the albums 1984 and Cost of Living. Rice is a fellow of the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors.[4]

Along with his brother Jo and radio presenters Mike Read and Paul Gambaccini, he was a co-founder of the Guinness Book of British Hit Singles and served as an editor from 1977 to 1996. He has also been a frequent guest panellist for many years on the radio panel games Just a Minute and Trivia Test Match. Rice often jokes that he is most recognised in America for his appearance in the film About a Boy. The film includes several clips from a (real) edition of the game show Countdown on which he was the guest adjudicator. His other interests include cricket (he was President of the MCC in 2002) and maths. He wrote the foreword to the book Why Do Buses Come In Threes by Rob Eastaway and Jeremy Wyndham, and featured prominently in Tony Hawks's One Hit Wonderland, where he co-wrote the song which gave Hawks a top twenty hit in Albania.

He released his autobiography Oh What a Circus: The Autobiography of Tim Rice in 1998, which covered his childhood and early adult life until the opening of the original London production of Evita in 1978. He is currently working on a sequel, covering his life and career since then.

Tim Rice (right) with Colin Frechter in 1998

Rice was made a Knight Bachelor by Queen Elizabeth II in 1994[5] (entitling him to the address "Sir Tim Rice" or "Sir Tim"), was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1999, and was named a Disney Legend in 2002.[5]

In 2008, Rice received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.[6] He is writing eight lyrics to Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky's ballet, The Nutcracker. The working title is The Nutcracker: The Untold Story.[7]

On 2 December 2010 he addressed the eighth Bradman Oration in Adelaide.

Rice was re-united with Andrew Lloyd Webber in 2011 to pen new songs for Andrew's newest production of The Wizard of Oz which opened in March 2011 at the London Palladium. Rice has, however, rejected working with Webber again, claiming their partnership has run its course, and they are "no longer relevant as a team".[8]

He will also be participating in the Bush Theatre's 2011 project Sixty Six where he has written a piece based upon a chapter of the King James Bible[9]

On 15 and 22 October 2011 Rice was guest presenter for the BBC Radio 2 show Sounds of the 60s, standing in for regular presenter Brian Matthew who was unwell.[10]

Personal life[edit]

Rice married Jane McIntosh on 19 August 1974, but the marriage dissolved in the late 1980s after the British tabloid newspapers revealed that he had been conducting an affair with actress/singer Elaine Paige.[11][12][13] Jane retains the title Lady Rice as despite obtaining a divorce decree nisi, Sir Tim never made it absolute and therefore they remain technically married.

They have two children, Eva and Donald. Eva, who was named after the title character from Evita, is the author of the novel The Lost Art of Keeping Secrets, which was a finalist for the British Book Award Best Read of the Year.

Tim Rice supports Sunderland A.F.C. football club.[14] He was awarded an honorary doctorate of letters by the University of Sunderland at a ceremony at the Stadium of Light in November 2006.[15] He was also a supporter of the Conservative Party, but in 2007 stated that the Conservatives were no longer interested in him and that his relationship with the Party had "irrevocably changed."[16] He was reported in early 2014 to be a donor for the UK Independence Party [17]

Despite his disenchantment with the Conservative Party, Rice joined Andrew Lloyd Webber, both supporters of Margaret Thatcher, at her funeral in 2013.[18]

Describing his religion, Rice has stated, “Technically I'm Church of England, which is really nothing. But I don't follow it. I wouldn't say I was a Christian. I have nothing against it." Conversely, he also stated that he adapted the biblical stories of Joseph and Jesus to musicals because "I'd always rather take a true story over an untrue one."[19]

Rice runs his own amateur Heartaches Cricket Club, the name inspired by an Elvis Presley song.[20]

In September 1981, Rice, along with Colin Webb and Michael Parkinson, co-founded Pavilion Books with a publishing focus on music and the arts.[21]

According to The Sunday Times Rich List of British millionaires from the world of music, Rice is worth £149 million as of 2013.[22]

Musical theatre[edit]

Film and television work[edit]

In addition to adaptations of his theatrical productions, Rice has worked on several original film and television projects:

Lyricist[edit]

Other work[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Tim Rice profile at filmreference.com
  2. ^ "Granny had a ball during the blitz". The Times (London). 6 August 2006. Retrieved 25 May 2010. [dead link]
  3. ^ Rice, Tim (1999). Oh, What a Circus: The Autobiography. Coronet Books. p. [page needed]. ISBN 0-340-65459-7. 
  4. ^ "Fellows – The British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors". BASCA. Retrieved 9 January 2014
  5. ^ a b Disney Legends — Sir Tim Rice
  6. ^ Tim Rice. "Sir Tim Rice – Career Synopsis". Retrieved 13 October 2009. 
  7. ^ Tim Rice. "The Nutcracker: The Untold Story". Retrieved 11 June 2009. 
  8. ^ Matt Trueman (2012-03-26). "Tim Rice rules out collaborating again with Andrew Lloyd Webber | Culture | guardian.co.uk". Guardian. Retrieved 2013-06-27. 
  9. ^ http://www.bushtheatre.co.uk/biography/writers/
  10. ^ "Episodes from Sounds of the 60s broadcast in 2011" at bbc.co.uk
  11. ^ Hastings, Christopher. "Elaine Paige: Sex, drugs and musicals", The Daily Telegraph, 20 September 2008.
  12. ^ Middlehurst, Lester. "Dont Cry For Me!", Daily Mail, 20 May 2006.
  13. ^ Kay, Richard. "Cry for Tim Rice – he's single again", Daily Mail, 9 December 2003.
  14. ^ "Sir Tim Rice on his SAFC passion"
  15. ^ "University honour for songwriter". BBC News. 27 November 2006. 
  16. ^ "Tim Rice: Tories no longer love me". Guardian News and Media Limited, 15 February 2007.
  17. ^ "Sir Tim Rice emerges as Ukip donor". The Telegraph. 23 February 2014. 
  18. ^ "Jeremy Clarkson, Shirley Bassey and Tony Blair, but no Mikhail Gorbachev: Margaret Thatcher's funeral guest list announced - UK Politics - UK". The Independent. 2013-04-11. Retrieved 2013-06-27. 
  19. ^ "Lyricist is Unreligious"
  20. ^ Viner, Brian. "Rice revels in latest role as MCC superstar", The Independent, 5 October 2002.
  21. ^ "Capel & Land | Tim Rice". capelland.com. 2010. Retrieved 2 January 2012. 
  22. ^ http://features.thesundaytimes.co.uk/richlist/2013/live/richlist/view/group6/550/rank/#list
  23. ^ "First Lloyd Webber/Rice Collaboration on CD", British Theatre Guide, 6 October 2005

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Ronnie Corbett
President of Lord's Taverners
1988–1990
Succeeded by
Leslie Crowther