Roger Ebert’s Triumphant Attitude Toward Life Itself

Roger Ebert, photographed for a 2010 Esquire magazine profile

On June 16, 2006, renowned film critic Roger Ebert underwent surgery for cancer. A section of his jaw bone was removed, which disfigured him and rendered him unable to speak. Instead of retiring and withdrawing from public life, Ebert joyously forged full speed ahead with his life and career. Not only is he continuing to review movies, he’s written a new memoir entitled Life Itself.

Says Ebert: “I will look the way I look and express myself in print, and I will be content.” Wow. What a fantastic attitude. Ebert’s Wikipedia page quotes him as follows:

In April 2007, in an interview with WLS-TV in Chicago, he said, “I was told photos of me in this condition would attract the gossip papers — so what?” On April 23, the Sun-Times reported that, when asked about his decision to return to the limelight, Ebert remarked, “We spend too much time hiding illness.” Fans at his website have remarked his public appearances have been inspirational to cancer victims and survivors around the country.

The Roger Ebert that movie lovers came to know


In a story by John Johnson of Newser.com about Ebert’s Esquire profile, Ebert said this:

Like others who read the profile of Roger Ebert in Esquire, Ebert himself got a “jolt” when he saw the full-page photo of face, now altered by cancer surgeries. But he has no regrets about it. “Not a lovely sight,” he writes in the Chicago Sun-Times. “But then I am not a lovely sight, and in a moment I thought, well, what the hell. It’s just as well it’s out there. That’s how I look, after all.”



Letting go of what doesn’t matter and joyously engaging in life is something we all can be better at. There’s only one way to describe Ebert’s approach to life: Two thumbs up!





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2 Responses to “Roger Ebert’s Triumphant Attitude Toward Life Itself”

  1. Debra Schumacher Says:

    Bravo to both you and Mr. Ebert! Our culture spends far too much time worrying about appearances and disabilities rather than appreciating capabilities. Whether it affects something major like Mr. Ebert’s appearance, or simply means using a cane or a lumbar cushion. The person inside is whole and beautiful.

  2. Phil Bolsta Says:

    Well said, Debra!

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