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Born in Haslemere, Surrey, England, UK
Birth NameRachel Mary Berkeley Portman

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Rachel Portman was born on December 11, 1960 in Haslemere, Surrey, England as Rachel Mary Berkeley Portman. She is known for her work on Never Let Me Go (2010), Emma (1996) and Chocolat (2000). She has been married to Uberto Pasolini since 1995. They have three children.

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Uberto Pasolini (1995 - present) ( 3 children)

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Her film scores, usually dominant in strings and wind instruments, often have a lilting, almost magical quality to them. This style is most prominent in the films, Used People (1992), Emma (1996), Benny & Joon (1993) & Chocolat (2000).

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First female composer to win an Oscar.
Started composing on the piano at age 13.
Composed the music to a successful student film, Privileged (1982), which starred fellow Oxford student Hugh Grant.
Chooses not to conduct her music.
Rachel Portman has composed an opera, "The Little Prince", based on the Antoine de Saint-Exupéry story. The world premier is being given by Houston Grand Opera starting 31 May 2003.
She was awarded the OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) in the 2010 Queen's New Years Honours List for her services to the film industry.
Has three daughters with her husband Uberto Pasolini - Anna Pasolini (b.1995), Giulia Pasolini (b.1998) and Niky Pasolini.

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