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Rufus Wainwright (born 22.7.1973) Rufus Wainwright is a Grammy Award-nominated singer-songwriter.

Childhood: Rufus Wainwright was born into a family of musical pedigree: his mother is Kate McGarrigle and his father is Loudon Wainwright III. His sister, Martha Wainwright is also a musician, as is his half-sister Lucy Wainwright Roche and his aunt, Sloan Wainwright.

Rufus was born in New York but moved to Canada when his parents divorced. He was aged three at that time. He attended Millbrook School as well as studying piano at Concordia and Mc Gill Universities.

As a child, Rufus Wainwright would play piano in 'The McGarrigle Sisters and Family' band, mainly playing folk music. At the age of 14, he played his song 'I'm a-Runnin' in the film Tommy Tricker and the Stamp Traveller. He won a Genie Award for Best Original Song.

Music Career: Rufus Wainwright began playing weekly shows at Café Sarajevo and produced a demo tape that was passed in to Van Dyke Parks. Parks then passed the tapes onto the head of DreamWorks, Lenny Waronker, who signed Wainwright to the label.

In 1996, Rufus Wainwright moved to New York City and recorded his debut album, Rufus Wainwright, released in 1998. To promote the release of the album, he toured with Sean Lennon, the son of John Lennon and Yoko Ono.

Wainwright wrote the majority of his second album whilst he lived in the Chelsea Hotel for six months. Poses was released in 2001 and he toured with Tori Amos, Ben Folds and Sting to promote the album.

Wainwright's career was briefly de-railed in the early 2000's when his addiction to crystal meth became destructive. Following a fortnight of debauchery involving Marianne Faithfull, Barbara Bush and Antony Hegarty, Wainwright concentrated on getting clean, with the help of his friend, Elton John.

The album Want Two was released as a sequel to 2003's Want One and was followed by a live iTunes Sessions EP named Alright, Already: Live in Montreal. In 2005, Wainwright released a DVD entitled All I Want. Later that year, he also contributed vocals to Antony and the Johnsons' I am A Bird Now and Burt Bacharach's At This Time. The two Want albums were repackaged as a single release, featuring a cover of Leonard Cohen's 'Chelsea Hotel No.2'.

2006 saw Rufus Wainwright perform the entirety of Judy Garland's Carnegie Hall concert, at Carnegie Hall. Judy Garland's daughter, Lorna Luft has expressed her approval of the performance.

In 2007, Rufus Wainwright released his fifth studio album, Release the Stars. The album featured Richard Thompson and Teddy Thompson as well as his mother, his sister Martha, Joan Wasser (of Joan as Policewoman) and Neil Tennant of Pet Shop Boys.

Later that year, Rufus was chosen to perform on the True Colours Tour, with Cyndi Lauper, Dresden Dolls, The Gossip, Debbie Harry and Erasure.

Wainwright then concentrated on his next project; writing an opera entitled Prima Donna, which is about a day in the life of an opera singer, who is waiting for her comeback performance and falls in love with a journalist. The project was originally commissioned by Peter Gelb, the manager of the Metropolitan Opera. However, Wainwright insisted on writing the libretto in French, which became a factor for dispute and they went their separate ways. The opera instead opened at the Manchester International Festival.

Rufus Wainwright has appeared in and written music for a number of films. He appeared in The Aviator, starring Leonardo DiCaprio as well as Heights, with Glenn Close and Isabella Rosselini. He has also recorded tracks for the soundtrack of Brokeback Mountain (starring the late Heath Ledger), Moulin Rouge! (starring Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor) and Zoolander (featuring Ben Stiller).

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Critics Torn Over Rufus Wainwright's Performance Tribute To Shakespeare's Sonnets

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Rufus Wainwright has divided opinion with a recent performance of his new album 'Take All My Loves: 9 Shakespeare Sonnets', a celebration in the 400th anniversary of the playwright's death, which took place at the Church of St John-at-Hackney in London this week.

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It's not the first time the singer-songwriter has put the words of Shakespeare to music. 'Sonnet 10', 'Sonnet 20' and 'Sonnet 43' all appear on his 2010 album 'All Days Are Nights: Songs for Lulu' and he even worked with Michael Kamen on 'Sonnet 29' ('When, in disgrace with fortune and men's eyes') on the 2002 compilation 'When Love Speaks'. This, 'Take All My Loves', though, is his first major tribute to the legendary English writer and features readings from Carrie Fisher, Helena Bonham Carter and William Shatner, as well as singing prowess from Florence Welch and Austrian soprano Anna Prohaska, with instrumentation from the BBC Symphony Orchestra and members of the Royal Shakespeare Company.

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Rufus Wainwright's Shakespeare Hint

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Rufus Wainwright revealed his mum used a Shakespeare sonnet as a subtle hint to say she knew he had been masturbating.

The 42-year-old American-Canadian singer-songwriter is dedicating his latest album 'Take All My Loves: 9 Shakespeare Sonnets' to Shakespeare's greatest works, working with numerous stars including Carrie Fisher, William Shatner, Helena Bonham Carter and Florence Welch.

But music aside, Shakespeare proved to be a useful tool used by his late mother - folk singer Kate Mcgarrigle - when she used the famous poems to teach him a lesson whilst he was going through puberty.

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Florence Welch Performs Shakespeare Sonnet

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The Florence + The MAChine star has recorded a sonnet by the revered British playwright for Rufus' new project, which marks the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death.

Actors Helena Bonham Carter, Carrie Fisher, William Shatner, and Sian Phillips, and singers Anna Prohaska and Rufus' sister Martha Wainwright have also contributed to the album Take All My Loves: 9 Shakespeare Sonnets.

Rufus reveals it was a joy to work on the collection, especially as he got to reunite with producer Marius de Vries.

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Wainwright Sisters Team Up For New Album

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The daughters of Loudon Wainwright III and sisters of Rufus Wainwright will release Songs in the Dark in November (15).

The project features tracks written by their dad and mothers Kate Mcgarrigle and Suzzy Roche, and covers of songs by folk icons Woody Guthrie and Jimmie Rogers.

The Wainwright sisters will showcase their new music at three upcoming shows in New York, London and Montreal, Canada.

Celebrities At The Chiltern Firehouse

Rufus Wainwright - Celebrities at the Chiltern Firehouse - London, United Kingdom - Thursday 11th June 2015

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Rufus Wainwright

New York Spring Spectacular Opening Arrivals

Rufus Wainwright - Opening night for The New York Spring Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall - Arrivals. at Radio City Music Hall,, Radio City Music Hall - New York City, New York, United States - Friday 27th March 2015

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'Into The Woods' In-home Release Party - Arrivals

Lance Horne, Rufus Wainwright and Jacob Langfelder - Disney celebrates Stephen Sondheim and 'Into The Woods' in-home release held at 42 West club - Arrivals at 42 West club,, Disney - New York City, New York, United States - Sunday 22nd March 2015

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Who Is Emile Haynie? New Album 'We Fall' Features Some Impressive Guests

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Grammy winning record producer Emile Haynie makes a career turning point by unleashing his first album as a recording artist, 'We Fall', complete with collaborations with some of the biggest talent in the music industry today. But who exactly is he?

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Emile Haynie releases debut album 'We Fall'

His name will be doubtlessly familiar to those fans of the rap world, having began his career in hip hop, but now he's set to make waves as a songwriter, enlisting some of the greatest vocalists and performers to work with him on his first release; an impressive feat for someone who started out working in a home studio in New York before dropping out of school. Luckily, it wasn't long before his work was picked up by Proof from D-12, who introduced him to Eminem, and the rest is history. He won a Grammy after producing Eminem's album 'Recovery', went on to discover Kid Cudi and worked with some of the world's greatest rappers including Ghostface Killah, Raekwon, Ice Cube and Snoop Dogg to name but a few.

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Video - Tim Burton Joined By 'Big Eyes' Cast At The New York Premiere - Part 2

Director Tim Burton was joined by the cast of 'Big Eyes' at the movie's premiere held at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. The film is a biopic of artist Margaret Keane, who was involved in a courtcase with her husband over his taking credit for her magnificent paintings.

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New York Premiere Of 'Big Eyes'

Rufus Wainwright - Photographs from the New York premiere of biographical drama 'Big Eyes' which stars Amy Adams, Christoph Waltz and is directed by Tim Burton. The premiere was held at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, New York, United States - Tuesday 16th December 2014

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Lily Sarah Grace Presents 'Color Outside The Lines'

Jörn Weisbrodt and Rufus Wainwright - Photographs from 'Color Outside The Lines' presented by Lily Sarah Grace which supports teachers in underfunded public elementary schools with and aim to reach all learners through the arts in New York, United States - Saturday 25th October 2014

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Jörn Weisbrodt and Rufus Wainwright
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Rufus Wainwright and Natasha Lyonne
Rufus Wainwright and Natasha Lyonne

Rufus Wainwright Plays Three Solo Shows In Spring 2014

Posted on 13 December 2013

Rufus Wainwright Plays Three Solo Shows In Spring 2014

Robbie Williams To Launch Album In London

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Robbie Williams will launch 'Swings both Ways' with a special show at the London Palladium in November.

The singer's latest set of swing numbers - both covers and originals - will be unveiled at the concert, alongside material from his first collection of big band songs, 'Swing When You're Winning'.

The album features special guests Lily Allen, Michael Buble, Kelly Clarkson, Olly Murs and Rufus Wainwright, some of whom are expected to join Robbie on the night, the exact date of which has yet to be confirmed.

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'Boardwalk Empire Volume 2 - Music From The HBO Original Series' Out September 2 2013

Posted on 22 August 2013

'Boardwalk Empire Volume 2 - Music From The Hbo Original Series' Out September 2 2013

Glastonbury Festival Weather 2013: Get Your Wellies On

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The weather forecast for the Glastonbury Festival this weekend does not look brilliant: expect a lot of cloud. However, those visiting the Glastonbury Festival this year may be pleased (or rather not depending on your predisposition) to hear the traditional mud is likely to be back. Around 135,000 people attend the festival annually and this year is no exception. The festival site, located near the Somerset village of Pilton, opened its gates for early goers. Most slept in their cars overnight lying in wait to get a decent (probably on higher ground) site to set up camp.

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The weather forecast for Shepton Mallet (the closest town to the festival site), according to the BBC, is:

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Rufus Wainwright

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22nd July, 1977








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