Celebs Mourn Roger Ebert
Considering Roger Ebert’s life revolved around movies, when it ended, it was tragic for the celebs he saw onscreen.
“Michelle and I are saddened to hear about the passing of Roger Ebert. For a generation of Americans — and especially Chicagoans — Roger was the movies. When he didn’t like a film, he was honest; when he did, he was effusive — capturing the unique power of the movies to take us somewhere magical. Even amidst his own battles with cancer, Roger was as productive as he was resilient—continuing to share his passion and perspective with the world. The movies won’t be the same without Roger, and our thoughts and prayers are with [Ebert’s wife] Chaz and the rest of the Ebert family.”
Ebert’s longtime fellow critic, Richard Roeper — who picked up where Gene Siskel left off — also sent heartfelt, heartbreaking wishes to Ebert and his family on his radio show.
“When I started in the newsroom [at the Chicago Sun Times] I was afraid to talk to him — he was a legend,” Roeper said. “Throughout the years we became friends before we became television partners. The guy you saw on TV that loved movies—that was the guy. That was Roger Ebert. And so many other talk shows followed the ‘Siskel & Ebert’ model. He was very personable and very friendly.”
Other celebs took to Twitter to grieve the legendary critic:
Goodbye Roger Ebert, we had fun. The balcony is closed.
— Steve Martin (@SteveMartinToGo) April 4, 2013
Just heard about the death of Roger Ebert. He was a nice, nice man. I truly liked him – I’m very sad.
— Joan Rivers (@Joan_Rivers) April 4, 2013
Oh. The wonderful Roger Ebert died. He had written this marvellous piece about death: salon.com/2011/09/15/rog… RIP RE
— Stephen Fry (@stephenfry) April 4, 2013
“I cannot speak but I can communicate as well as ever before.” RIP Roger Ebert. You lost much, while giving us all much, with quiet dignity.
— Ronan Farrow (@RonanFarrow) April 4, 2013
If cancer came to take me piece by piece,I hope I could summon even a fraction of the grace Roger Ebert showed us, in such abundance
— mia farrow (@MiaFarrow) April 4, 2013
Roger, I hope you’re in an infinite movie palace, watching every film the great directors only dreamed of making. RIP, @ebertchicago
— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) April 4, 2013
Shocked and truly, deeply saddened at the loss of the great Roger Ebert. A legend. His voice will be missed.
— Anna Kendrick (@AnnaKendrick47) April 4, 2013
Dammit! @ebertchicago died. My review: An iconic game-changer, Roger brought film criticism AND movie-loving to the mainstream. 2 Thumbs up.
— KevinSmith (@ThatKevinSmith) April 4, 2013
Roger Ebert.Clear-eyed dreamer, king of the written word… say.ly/bRt5wg3
— Cameron Crowe (@CameronCrowe) April 4, 2013
Roger and Gene together again. End of an era.
— Oprah Winfrey (@Oprah) April 4, 2013
You know you’ve lost a good one when even Joan Rivers only has kind words about you. Rest in peace, Roger Ebert. (Or simply enjoy your banter with Siskel again in the afterlife.)