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Roger Ebert, recipient of the Honorary Life Member (Credit: AP)

Roger Ebert, recipient of the Honorary Life Member Award, at the Directors Guild of America Awards in Los Angeles. (January 2009)

Roger Ebert through the years

Photos of film critic Roger Ebert through the years. The longtime Chicago Sun-Times writer died April 4, 2013 after battling cancer.

Roger Ebert, right, with Gene Siskel in Los
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Roger Ebert, right, with Gene Siskel in Los Angeles. The rivalry between the two Chicago film critics who combine their talents on the movie review show "Siskel & Ebert at the Movies" helped make them media stars.

Film critics Gene Siskel, left, and Roger Ebert.
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Film critics Gene Siskel, left, and Roger Ebert.

Film critics Gene Siskel, left, and Roger Ebert.
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Film critics Gene Siskel, left, and Roger Ebert.

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Gene Siskel, left, and Roger Ebert of Chicago
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Gene Siskel, left, and Roger Ebert of Chicago speak at a Harvard Law School Forum on the Harvard University campus in Cambridge, Mass. (Dec. 5, 1997)

Movie critics Roger Ebert, right, and Gene Siskel.
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Movie critics Roger Ebert, right, and Gene Siskel.

Roger Ebert discusses a cartoon caricature of himself
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Roger Ebert discusses a cartoon caricature of himself at the first Overlooked Film Festival in Chicago. (April 2, 1999)

Chicago Sun-Times columnist Richard Roeper, left, with Sun-Times
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Chicago Sun-Times columnist Richard Roeper, left, with Sun-Times film critic Roger Ebert on the set of the newly named "Ebert & Roeper at the Movies" in Chicago, the day it was announced that Roeper would permanently replace Gene Siskel, who died in 1999, in the chair opposite Ebert on the long-running film criticism television show. (July 12, 2000)

Roger Ebert arrives for the 2004 IFP Independent
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Roger Ebert arrives for the 2004 IFP Independent Spirit Awards in Santa Monica, Calif. (Feb. 28, 2004)

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Roger Ebert at the 57th International Film Festival
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Roger Ebert at the 57th International Film Festival in Cannes, southern France. (May 17, 2004)

Marisa Tomei and film critic Roger Ebert chat
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Marisa Tomei and film critic Roger Ebert chat at the premier of her film "Marilyn Hotchkiss Ballroom Dancing & Charm School" in Park City, Utah, during the Sundance Film Festival. (Jan. 24, 2005)

Roger Ebert, left, and Alejandro Amenabar of Spain,
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Roger Ebert, left, and Alejandro Amenabar of Spain, director of the Oscar-nominated foreign language film "The Sea Inside," at a reception for the Best Foreign Language Film nominees, at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Feb. 25, 2005)

Chicago Sun-Times columnist Richard Roeper, left, and film
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Chicago Sun-Times columnist Richard Roeper, left, and film critic Roger Ebert following a ceremony in which Ebert was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles. (June 23, 2005)

Roger Ebert is applauded during a ceremony in
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Roger Ebert is applauded during a ceremony in his honor in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles. Ebert was honored with the 2,288th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. (June 23, 2005)

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Film critic Roger Ebert poses for photographers in
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Film critic Roger Ebert poses for photographers in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles. Ebert was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. (June 23, 2005)

Roger Ebert applauds his wife, Chaz, before he
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Roger Ebert applauds his wife, Chaz, before he was honored with a sidewalk medallion under the marquee of the Chicago Theatre in Chicago. Ebert became the film critic for the Chicago Sun-Times in 1966 and a decade later became the first film critic to receive a Pulitzer Prize for arts criticism. (July 18, 2005)

Roger Ebert acknowleges the applause of fans gathered
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Roger Ebert acknowleges the applause of fans gathered to pay tribute to him at the historic Chicago Theatre. (July 18, 2005)

Film critic Roger Ebert stands beside a sidewalk
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Film critic Roger Ebert stands beside a sidewalk medallion bearing his name. The medallion was unveiled under the marquee of the historic Chicago Theatre. (July 18, 2005)

Roger Ebert wears a silicone prosthesis over his
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Roger Ebert wears a silicone prosthesis over his lower face and neck. (January 2011)

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Roger Ebert photographs
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Roger Ebert photographs "The Darwin Awards" director Finn Taylor from the media line before the the screening of the film during the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. (Jan. 25, 2006)

Roger Ebert makes his first public appearance, with
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Roger Ebert makes his first public appearance, with wife Chaz, since undergoing cancer-related surgery during summer 2006, at his annual Overlooked Film Festival in Champaign, Ill. The couple received the Thumbs Up Award at the Virginia Theater. (April 25, 2007)

Roger Ebert acknowledges applause from supporters while making
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Roger Ebert acknowledges applause from supporters while making his first public appearance since undergoing cancer-related surgery, at his annual Overlooked Film Festival in Champaign, Ill. (April 25, 2007)

Roger Ebert attends the 17th Gotham Awards at
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Roger Ebert attends the 17th Gotham Awards at Steiner Studios in Brooklyn. (Nov. 27, 2007)

Chaz Hammelsmith Ebert speaks for her husband, film
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Chaz Hammelsmith Ebert speaks for her husband, film critic Roger Ebert, during the ceremony honoring him at the 17th Gotham Awards at Steiner Studios in Brooklyn. (Nov. 27, 2007)

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Roger Ebert and wife Chaz pose with the
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Roger Ebert and wife Chaz pose with the Honorary Life Member Award backstage at the Directors Guild of America Awards in Los Angeles. (Jan. 31, 2009)

Roger Ebert takes the stage to accept the
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Roger Ebert takes the stage to accept the ShoWest Career Achievement in Film Journalism Award at the Final Day Luncheon of ShoWest 2009 in Las Vegas. (April 2, 2009)

Roger Ebert, left, and film director Martin Scorsese
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Roger Ebert, left, and film director Martin Scorsese attend the 62nd International film festival in Cannes, southern France. (May 15, 2009)

Roger Ebert attends a Blackberry Loves Mavericks cocktail
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Roger Ebert attends a Blackberry Loves Mavericks cocktail reception during the Toronto International Film Festival in Toronto. (Sept. 13, 2009)

Roger Ebert, recipient of the Honorary Life Member
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Roger Ebert, recipient of the Honorary Life Member Award, attends the Directors Guild of America Awards in Los Angeles. (January 2009)

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Roger Ebert, left, gives a thumbs up to
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Roger Ebert, left, gives a thumbs up to the audience as Illinois Governor Pat Quinn reads a proclamation declaring April 21, 2010 Roger Ebert Day in Illinois. The proclamation was read during the 12th annual Roger Ebert's Film Festival at the Virginia Theatre in Champaign. (April 21, 2010)

Roger Ebert, with wife Chaz, accepts the
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Roger Ebert, with wife Chaz, accepts the "Person of the Year" Award at the 14th Annual Webby Awards in Manhattan. (June 14, 2010)

Roger Ebert accepts the
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Roger Ebert accepts the "Person of the Year" Award at the 14th Webby Awards in New York. (June 14, 2010)

Pulitzer Prize-winning film critic Roger Ebert in the
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Pulitzer Prize-winning film critic Roger Ebert in the kitchen of his home in Chicago. Ebert is published a cookbook of more than two dozen recipes for the rice cooker in September 2010 called "The Pot and How to Use It." (June 23, 2010)

Pulitzer Prize-winning movie critic Roger Ebert works in
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Pulitzer Prize-winning movie critic Roger Ebert works in his office at the WTTW-TV studios in Chicago. (Jan. 12, 2011)

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