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Posted April 15, 2011

Ted Talks

Roger Ebert: Remaking my voice

When film critic Roger Ebert lost his lower jaw to cancer, he lost the ability to eat and speak. But he did not lose his voice. In a moving talk from TED2011, Ebert and his wife, Chaz, with friends Dean Ornish and John Hunter, come together to tell his remarkable story.

When legendary film critic Roger Ebert lost his voice, he found another on Twitter and his blog, where he writes about creativity, race, politics and culture -- and as brilliantly as ever about film.

By any measure, Roger Ebert is a legend. The first person to win a Pulitzer for film criticism, as film critic for the Chicago Sun-Times, he may be best known for his decades-long reign as the co-host of Sneak Previews, a TV show with fellow Chicago critic Gene Siskel. For 23 years and three title changes (finally settling on Siskel and Ebert and the Movies) the two critics offered smart, short-form film criticism that guided America's moviegoing. After Gene Siskel died in 1999, Ebert kept on with critic Richard Roeper. (And he's also the co-screenwriter of the Russ Meyer cult classic Beyond the Valley of the Dolls, a fact that has astounded more than a few young film students.)
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