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Andrew Lloyd Webber

Birthplace: Kensington, Greater London, UK
Immediate Family:

Son of William Lloyd Webber and Jean Hermione Webber
Husband of <private> Lloyd Webber (Gurdon)
Ex-husband of <private> Webber (Hugill) and <private> Webber (Brightman)
Father of <private> Webber; <private> Webber; <private> Lloyd Webber; <private> Lloyd Webber and <private> Lloyd Webber (Webber)
Brother of <private> Lloyd Webber

Occupation: Composer
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About Andrew Lloyd Webber, Baron Lloyd-Webber

Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber, Baron Lloyd-Webber (born 22 March 1948), properly styled and widely known as The Lord Lloyd-Webber, is a British composer and impresario of musical theatre.

He is an English composer of musical theatre. He started composing at the age of six, and published his first piece at the age of nine.

Andrew Lloyd Webber was born in Kensington, London, the elder son of William Lloyd Webber (1914–1982), a composer and organist, and Jean Hermione (née Johnstone; 1921–1993), a violinist and pianist. His younger brother, Julian Lloyd Webber, is a renowned solo cellist.

Lloyd Webber started writing his own music at a young age, a suite of six pieces at the age of nine. He also put on "productions" with Julian and his Aunt Viola in his toy theatre (which he built at Viola's suggestion). Later, he would be the owner of a number of West End theatres, including the Palace. His aunt Viola, an actress, took him to see many of her shows and through the stage door into the world of the theatre. He also had originally set music to Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats at the age of 15.

In 1965, Lloyd Webber was a Queen's Scholar at Westminster School and studied history for a term at Magdalen College, Oxford, although he abandoned the course in Winter 1965 to study at the Royal College of Music and pursue his interest in musical theatre.[13][14]

Lloyd Webber has achieved great popular success, with several musicals that have run for more than a decade both in the West End and on Broadway. He has composed 13 musicals, a song cycle, a set of variations, two film scores, and a Latin Requiem Mass. He has also gained a number of honours, including a knighthood in 1992, followed by a peerage from the British Government for services to Music, six Tony Awards (and 40 nominations), three Grammy Awards (with an additional 60 nominations), an Academy Award (two other nominations), seven Olivier Awards (with 100 nominations), a Golden Globe, and the Kennedy Center Honors in 2006.[citation needed] Several of his songs, notably "The Music of the Night" from The Phantom of the Opera, "I Don't Know How to Love Him" from Jesus Christ Superstar, "Don't Cry for Me, Argentina" from Evita, "Any Dream Will Do" from Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and "Memory" from Cats have been widely recorded and were hits outside of their parent musicals. His company, the Really Useful Group, is one of the largest theatre operators in London.

Producers in several parts of the UK have staged productions, including national tours, of Lloyd Webber's musicals under license from the Really Useful Group.

Personal life:

He married his first wife, Sarah Hugill, on 24 July 1972 at the age of 24, and had two children, Imogen Lloyd Webber (born 31 March 1978) and Nicholas (born 2 July 1979). Lloyd Webber and Hugill were divorced 14 November 1983. He married his second wife, singer/dancer Sarah Brightman, on 22 March 1984 in Hampshire. He cast Brightman in the lead role in his musical The Phantom of the Opera. They divorced 3 January 1990. He married his third wife, Madeleine Gurdon on 9 February 1991 in Westminster, London. They have three children, all of whom were born in Westminster: Alastair Adam (born 3 May 1992), William Richard (born 24 August 1993), and Isabella Aurora (born 30 April 1996). Alastair and William attend Eton College and Isabella attends Marlborough College. Madeleine became Lady Lloyd Webber in 1992 when her husband was knighted, and retained the same casual style when her husband was created a life peer in 1997 (she is now technically Lady Lloyd-Webber).

The Sunday Times Rich List 2006 ranked him the 87th-richest man in Britain with an estimated fortune of £700 million. His wealth increased to £750 million in 2007, but the publication ranked him 101st in 2008. He lives at Sydmonton Court, near Kingsclere in Hampshire, and also owns much of Watership Down. Lloyd Webber is an art collector, with a passion for Victorian art. An exhibition of works from his collection was presented at the Royal Academy in 2003 under the title Pre-Raphaelite and Other Masters – The Andrew Lloyd Webber Collection. He is also a devoted supporter of Leyton Orient Football Club. Politically, he has supported the UK's Conservative Party, allowing his song "Take That Look Off Your Face" to be used on a party promotional film seen by an estimated 1 million people in 80 cinemas before the 2005 UK General Election to accompany pictures of Prime Minister Tony Blair allegedly "smirking", the party said.

Prostate cancer:

On 25 October 2009 it was reported that Lloyd Webber had been diagnosed with the early stages of prostate cancer. His prostate gland was removed; on 18 November he was readmitted to hospital suffering from a post-operative infection. In January 2010, he said he was cancer-free.


Lloyd Webber was knighted by Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom in 1992.

In 1997, he was created a life peer as Baron Lloyd-Webber, of Sydmonton, in Hampshire (also by Elizabeth II). His title is hyphenated although his surname is not. He sits as a Conservative member of the House of Lords.


Academy Awards

   * 1996 - Best Original Song for "You Must Love Me" from Evita (award shared with Sir Tim Rice)

Plus one nomination for Best Original Song: "Learn to Be Lonely" from the 2004 motion picture The Phantom of the Opera.

[edit] Golden Globes

   * 1997 - Best Original Song for "You Must Love Me" from Evita (award shared with Sir Tim Rice)

Plus one nomination for Best Original Song: "Learn to Be Lonely" from the 2004 motion picture The Phantom of the Opera.

Grammy Awards

   * 1980 - Best Cast Show Album for Evita
   * 1983 - Best Cast Show Album for Cats
   * 1986 - Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Composition for Requiem

Tony Awards

   * 1980 - Best Original Score for Evita (award shared with Tim Rice)
   * 1983 - Best Musical for Cats
   * 1983 - Best Original Score for Cats
   * 1988 - Best Musical for The Phantom of the Opera
   * 1995 - Best Musical for Sunset Boulevard
   * 1995 - Best Original Score for Sunset Boulevard

Plus 9 additional nominations[32]

   * 1988 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Orchestrations for The Phantom of the Opera
   * 7 Laurence Olivier Awards (including Special Award presented for his 60th birthday in 2008)
   * Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for live theatre (1993)
   * Kennedy Center Honors (2006)
   * Woodrow Wilson Award for Public Service[33] (2008)
   * 14 Ivor Novello Awards
   * American Songwriter's Hall of Fame


   Note: Music composed by Andrew Lloyd Webber unless otherwise noted.
   * The Likes of Us (1965)
       * Lyrics by Tim Rice
       * Not shown until 2005
   * Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (1968)
       * Lyrics by Tim Rice
   * Jesus Christ Superstar (1970)
       * Lyrics by Tim Rice
   * Jeeves (1975)
       * Lyrics by Alan Ayckbourn
       * Revised in 1996 as By Jeeves
   * Evita (1976)
       * Lyrics by Tim Rice
   * Tell Me on a Sunday (1979)
       * Lyrics by Don Black
   * Cats (1981)
       * Lyrics by T. S. Eliot
       * Additional lyrics after Eliot by Richard Stilgoe and Trevor Nunn
   * Song and Dance (1982)
       * Lyrics by Don Black (revised by Richard Maltby, Jr. for Broadway)
       * Combination of Variations (1978) and Tell Me On A Sunday (1979)
   * Starlight Express (1984)
       * Lyrics by Richard Stilgoe
       * Later revisions by Don Black and David Yazbek
   * Cricket (1986)
       * Lyrics by Tim Rice
       * First performed for Queen Elizabeth's 60th birthday
   * The Phantom of the Opera (1986)
       * Lyrics by Charles Hart
       * Additional Lyrics by Richard Stilgoe
       * Based on the Gaston Leroux novel
   * Aspects of Love (1989)
       * Lyrics by Don Black and Charles Hart
       * Based on the David Garnett novel
   * Sunset Boulevard (1993)
       * Book and lyrics by Christopher Hampton and Don Black
       * Based on the Billy Wilder film (1950)
   * Whistle Down the Wind (1996)
       * Lyrics by Jim Steinman
   * The Beautiful Game (2000)
       * Lyrics by Ben Elton
       * Updated as The Boys in the Photograph (2009)
   * Bombay Dreams (2002)
       * Music by A.R. Rahman
       * Lyrics by Don Black
       * Produced by Andrew Lloyd Webber
   * The Woman in White (2004)
       * Lyrics by David Zippel
       * Based on the Wilkie Collins novel
   * The Sound of Music (2006)
       * Music by Richard Rodgers
       * Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
       * Produced by Andrew Lloyd Webber
   * Love Never Dies (2010)
       * Lyrics by Glenn Slater


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Andrew Lloyd Webber, Baron Lloyd-Webber's Timeline

March 22, 1948
Kensington, Greater London, UK