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Sir Tim Rice's Biography

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Sir Tim Rice was born on Timothy Miles Bindon Rice on 10 November 1944 in Buckinghamshire.

Tim Rice abandoned his law studies to join EMI, which led to his writing lyrics to Andrew Lloyd Webber's music. Their first collaboration was Joseph and his Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat in 1968.

Further successful musicals for the Rice - Lloyd Webber team included Jesus Christ Superstar (1971) and Evita (1978).

Other Tim Rice hits were Chess (1984) written to the music of Benny and Bjorn of Abba, and the lyrics for The Lion King to music by Elton John.

Tim Rice won the Best Original Song Oscar and The Golden Globe in 1993 for 'A Whole New World' (music by Alan Menken) from the film Aladdin.

Tim Rice was knighted in 1994. He is the co-author of the Guinness Book of British Hit Singles and a co-founder of Pavilion Books.

In his Who's Who entry Tim Rice has an amusing reference to his acting:

"Film debut as an actor in insultingly small role, The Survivor, 1980; even smaller role in About a Boy, 2002."

His luxury on Desert Island Discs was a telescope.

In December 2002, Sir Tim Rice became a foster carer on his Dundonnell Estate in Wester Ross for 200 hedgehogs facing the death sentence in the Western Isles.

Sir Tim Rice is a cricket fanatic who was President of the MCC from 2002 to 2003. He also owned racehorses with Tom Marshall.

In March 2012, it was announced that Sir Tim Rice was to be awarded a special prize for his outstanding contribution to musical theatre at the 2012 Olivier Awards.

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