Legendary film critic Roger Ebert died on April 4 at age 70 after facing a recurrence of cancer.
Roger Ebert's public struggle with cancer started in 2002, when he was diagnosed with papillary thyroid cancer and had operations to remove cancer of the thyroid, salivary glands and chin. His look changed drastically and he lost his ability to eat, drink and speak. His positive attitude and desire to continue working proved an inspiration. Here's a look at his life over the years.
Roger Ebert, photographed here with Russ Meyer in 1970, co-wrote Beyond the Valley of the Dolls, which was directed by Meyer.
In 1975, he became the first film critic to win a Pulitzer Prize, for his Sun-Times reviews.
Ebert was originally paired with fellow Chicago film critic Gene Siskel for the a public television film critic show. In 1986, they signed a contract with Buena Vista Television to syndicate the program under the titles “Siskel & Ebert” or “Siskel and Ebert at the Movies” and became famous for rating movies with a "thumbs up" or a "thumbs down." The two basically created the notion of a movie reviewer as TV star.
Gene Siskel passed away in 1999 and afterward, the show was renamed “Roger Ebert & the Movies” and began rotating co-hosts. In September 2000 Richard Roeper, a fellow Sun-Times columnist, became the permanent co-host and the show was renamed “Ebert & Roeper.” Ebert left the show in 2006 because of his illness and Roeper left in 2008.
In 2005, received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Ebert was loved by many of the film stars he critiqued in his work. Here he poses with actress Marisa Tomei at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah in 2005.
Actor, director and Sundance Film Festival founder Robert Redford (R) smiles next to film critic Roger Ebert following a news conference on the first day of the 2010 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah in 2010.
Roger Ebert married to wife Chaz in 1992 and she attended many premiers and events with the film critic. In a Sun-Times blog post dated July 17, 2012, Ebert wrote about his wife: "She fills my horizon, she is the great fact of my life. This woman never lost her love, and when it was necessary she forced me to want to live. She was always there believing I could do it."