Life and Times: Roger Ebert

Take a look at the life and times of legendary film critic, Roger Ebert.

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Film critic Roger Ebert arrives for the opening of the Chicago Film Festival October 6, 2005 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Scott Harrison/Getty Images)
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Roger Ebert, perhaps the nation's most celebrated film critic, passed away after a decade of battling cancer. He was the first film critic to win a Pulitzer Prize, and in 2005 his name was added to the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Ebert and Gene Siskel trademarked the "two thumbs up" phrase for movie reviews. Click to see photos from his life.
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In 1975, Ebert, writing for the Chicago Sun-Times, won the Pulitzer Prize, print journalism's highest honor, making him the first movie critic to ever receive the award.
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Ebert's four-star life began in June 18, 1942 in Urbana. Ebert went on to receive his PHD. D. in English at the University of Chicago where he later became a teacher and lecturer. Few people have had more impact on the film industry than the Pulitzer Prize winning critic.
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A simple thumbs up -- or thumbs down -- became the legendary trademark of Ebert and his long time movie partner, Gene Siskel, shown here.
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Ebert joined the Chicago Sun-Times in 1966. Six months later he was reviewing movies. Nine years after that, he won the Pulitzer Prize, the first film critic to win journalism’s most coveted award.
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Roger Ebert on the set of the "Siskel & Ebert Anniversary Special" with Film director Steven Spielberg on April 2, 1996 in Los Angeles, California.
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Ebert received a special award of recognition at the American Society of Cinematographers 17th Annual Outstanding Achievement Awards at the Century Plaza Hotel on February 16, 2003 in Los Angeles, California.
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Roger Ebert during a book signing for "The Great Movies" at Book Passage in Corte Madera, California. Ebert is an author of 15 books, contributes to various magazines and a acclaimed blogger for his blog rogerebert.com.
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Roger Ebert taught a film class at the University of Chicago's Graham School starting the 1970s. Here he is in 2005 with his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Which University has the better film expert? Vote: http://www.nbcchicago.com/around-town/debates/Best_University.html
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Ebert shown here kissing his wife, Chaz Eber, as he receives the 2,288th Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Ebert and Chaz, a trail attorney, married on July 18, 1993.
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Roger Ebert is seen in the kitchen of his home in Chicago before publishing a cookbook of more than two dozen recipes for the rice cooker called "The Pot and How to Use It."
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Roger Ebert, right, is presented the "Person of the Year" Award by Jimmy Fallon at the 14th Annual Webby Awards in New York, Monday, June 14, 2010.
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Roger Ebert gestures at the 14th Annual Roger Ebert's Film Festival gala reception in Urbana, Ill. Ebert's first journalism job was writing about sports for a local paper in his hometown of Urbana, Ill. He later became editor of the University of Illinois' Daily Illini.
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Film critic Roger Ebert gives his trademark thumbs-up as he arrives for the premiere screening of Denzel Washington and Ethan Hawke's film "Training Day" at the Toronto International Film Festival 07 September, 2001.
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Roger Ebert and Director Martin Scorcese attend the Roger Ebert Conference Center Announcement held at the American Pavillion during the 62nd International Cannes Film Festival on May 15, 2009 in Cannes, France.
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Ebert's criticism and interviews have been collected in several books. In recent years, after his cancer diagnosis, he turned to blogging, and was celebrated in that medium, too.
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