Hero of His Own Movie

Roger Ebert's common sense and uncommon courage

He went out fighting, and writing. Roger Ebert, the Pulitzer Prize--winning film reviewer for the Chicago Sun-Times and a TV star for his series of critics' klatches with Gene Siskel and Richard Roeper, had been battling cancer for more than a decade. On April 2, two days before his death, he announced "a leave of presence"; the disease had metastasized, forcing him to scale back his output. But he was also concentrating on some big plans: for the documentary being made about him by Steve James; for the 15th annual Ebertfest, to be held in Champaign, Ill., where he went to...

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