Images: Roger Ebert Through the Years

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Film critic Roger Ebert acknowleges the applause of those gathered to pay tribute to him at the historic Chicago Theatre on Monday, July 18, 2005. A sidewalk medallion bearing his name was unveiled under the marquee of the theatre during the celebration. Ebert, 63, became the film critic for the Chicago Sun-Times in 1966 and a decade later became the first film critic to receive a Pulitzer for arts criticism. In the background is Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley.

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Roger Ebert gives a thumbs up as he arrives for the 2004 IFP Independent Spirit Awards In Santa Monica, Calif., on Feb. 28, 2004.

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Film critic Roger Ebert is seen in this 1994 file photo. Ebert,in town for his annual Overlooked Film Festival, slipped on a newly waxed floor and suffered two hairline fractures in his left shoulder Saturday, April 27, 2002, in the student union at the University of Illinois.

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Film critic Roger Ebert is seen in this 1994 file photo. Ebert, in town for his annual Overlooked Film Festival, slipped on a newly waxed floor and suffered two hairline fractures in his left shoulder Saturday, April 27, 2002, in the student union at the University of Illinois.

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Movie critic Roger Ebert gives the thumbs up as he arrives on the red carpet for the premiere of the film "Training Day" at the Toronto International Film Festival in Toronto, Canada, in this Sept. 7, 2001. Ebert will undergo surgery to remove a cancerous growth on his thyroid gland. The operation for Ebert, a Chicago Sun-Times movie reviewer, is scheduled for Friday, the paper reported Thursday, Feb. 21, 2002.

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In this undated photo released by Disney-ABC Domestic Television, movie critics Roger Ebert, right, and Gene Siskel are shown. Starting Thursday, Aug. 2, 2007, a new web site touted as the largest collection of video-based movie reviews online will begin. The site will feature clips from the show that made the thumb famous and include 5,000 movie reviews, spanning more than 20 years of the show hosted by newspaper film critics Roger Ebert and the late Gene Siskel and columnist Richard Roeper.

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Marlene Iglitzen, wife of former Chicago Tribune film critic Gene Siskel, greets Roger Ebert before a tribute to Ebert outside the historic Chicago Theatre Monday, July 18, 2005, in Chicago. Ebert teamed with Siskel in 1975 on the TV show "Sneak Previews," which evolved into the long-running "Siskel & Ebert and the Movies." Ebert, 63, became the film critic for the Chicago Sun-Times in 1966 and a decade later became the first film critic to receive a Pulitzer for arts criticism.

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Film critic Roger Ebert, center, his wife Chaz, left, and their granddaughter Raven Evans, right, arrive for the Chicago premier of the the Broadway hit The Color Purple, Thursday, May 3, 2007.

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Film critic Roger Ebert applauds his wife, Chaz, before he was honored with a sidewalk medallion under the marquee of the Chicago Theatre on Monday, July 18, 2005, in Chicago. Ebert, 63, 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.

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

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

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Film critic Roger Ebert acknowleges the applause of those gathered to pay tribute to him at the historic Chicago Theatre on Monday, July 18, 2005. A sidewalk medallion bearing his name was unveiled under the marquee of the theatre during the celebration. Ebert, 63, became the film critic for the Chicago Sun-Times in 1966 and a decade later became the first film critic to receive a Pulitzer for arts criticism. In the background is Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley.

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Film critics Gene Siskel, left, and Roger Ebert are shown in a 1994 photo.

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Roger Ebert, alongside wife Chaz Hammelsmith, accepts the "Person of the Year" Award at the 14th Annual Webby Awards in New York, Monday, June 14, 2010.

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Roger Ebert, left, and wife Chaz Ebert arrive at the Independent Spirit Awards on Friday, March 5, 2010, in Los Angeles.

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Film Critic 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 during the opening of the Twelfth Annual Roger Ebert's Film Festival at the Virginia Theatre in Champaign on Wednesday, April 21, 2010.

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In this undated image released by Esquire magazine, film critic Roger Ebert is shown in the March 2010 issue of Esquire magazine, available on newsstands nationwide on Feb. 16.

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U.S. film critic Roger Ebert, left, and U.S. film director Martin Scorsese during the 62nd International film festival in Cannes, southern France, Friday, May 15, 2009.

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Roger Ebert admires a sidewalk medallion bearing his name that was unveiled under the marquee of the Chicago Theatre on Monday, July 18, 2005, during Chicago's tribute to the hometown film critic. Ebert, 63, 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.

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This January, 2011, photo provided by Roger Ebert shows the famous film critic wearing a silicone prosthesis over his lower face and neck. Ebert said in his Jan. 19 blog that he will wear the prosthesis for the "Roger's Office" segment of the new television show "Ebert Presents at the Movies," which debuts Friday, Jan. 21, 2011. Ebert, unable to speak since .

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In this April 27, 2011 file photo, film critic Roger Ebert welcomes people to the opening of the 13th annual Ebertfest film festival on the University of Illinois campus in Champaign. On his blog Tuesday, April 2, 2013, Ebert said that he is undergoing radiation treatment for cancer that was discovered after he fractured his hip last year.

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

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

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In this Jan. 12, 2011 file photo, Pulitzer Prize-winning movie critic Roger Ebert works in his office at the WTTW-TV studios in Chicago. In an essay posted Tuesday, April 2, 2013, Ebert says that he has cancer again and is scaling back his movie reviews while undergoing radiation. The veteran critic has previously battled cancer in his thyroid and salivary glands and lost the ability to speak and eat after surgery.

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Chicago Sun-Times columnist Richard Roeper, left, sits with Sun-Times film critic Roger Ebert on the set of the newly named "Ebert & Roeper and The Movies" Wednesday, July 12, 2000, in Chicago. It was announced Wednesday that Roeper would permanently replace Gene Siskel, who died last year, in the chair opposite Ebert on the long-running film criticism television show.

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Film critic Roger Ebert is seen in this July 18, 2005, file photo in Chicago. Ebert, who is battling cancer in a Chicago hospital, said in a statement issued Thursday Aug. 17, 2006, he looks forward to coming back to work despite a hard road to recovery.

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Roger Ebert, right, poses with Gene Siskel in Los Angeles in this 1986 photo. The rivalry between the two Chicago film critics who combine their talents on the movie review show "Siskel & Ebert & The Movies" has helped make them media stars.

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Chaz Hammelsmith Ebert speaks for her husband film critic Roger Ebert who was honored at the 17th Annual Gotham Awards at Steiner Studios, Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2007 in New York.

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This May 17, 2004 file photo shows American film critc Roger Ebert, poses at the 57th International Film Festival in Cannes, southern France. The Sundance Institute announced Thursday, Sept. 20, 2012 that Ebert will be the recipient of the Vanguard Leadership Award in recognition of his advocacy of independent film. The award will be presented at the third annual "Celebrate Sundance Institute" benefit on June 5, in Los Angeles.

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Gallery updated: 4/4/2013 3:54 PM

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Images of Pulitzer Prize-winning film critic Roger Ebert, who died Thursday at 70. Ebert famously offered thumbs up or down for Hollywood's offerings, and paired up with fellow Chicago critic Gene Siskel and then others for film review television shows.
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