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Roger Ebert Update: Funeral Held, Memorial Services Planned in Chicago

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood April 8, 2013 at 6:54PM

On Monday April 8 at 10 AM funeral services for Roger Ebert, who died Thursday at age 70, will be held at Chicago's Holy Name Cathedral, 730 N. State St. Friends and fans are welcome on a first-come basis.
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Roger Ebert
Roger Ebert

On Monday April 8 at 10 AM funeral services were held for Roger Ebert, who died Thursday at age 70, at Chicago's Holy Name Cathedral. Family, friends and fans including Ebert's wife Chaz, Mayor Rahm Emanuel and filmmaker Steve James  flocked to the service. (Our round-up of reaction to Ebert's loss is here.) His last review, of Terrence Malick's "To the Wonder," ended with the words: "to reach beneath the surface, and find the soul in need." Brainpicker has more wisdom from Ebert's writings here.

Pallbearers carry Roger Ebert's casket.
Chicago Tribune Pallbearers carry Roger Ebert's casket.


The family has asked that in lieu of flowers, donations be sent to arts and education non-profit The Ebert Foundation, c/o Northern Trust, 50 S. LaSalle St., Chicago, 60603. A memorial tribute to Ebert will also be held on Thursday night at the Chicago Theater; doors open at 6 PM. The Ebertfest Film Festival will go on as planned April 17-21 in Champaign, Illinois.

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We will post coverage of the funeral Tuesday. Meanwhile tribute tweets to #ToRogerEbert continue apace. The NYT's David Carr covers Ebert as an astute businessman here.


This article is related to: Roger Ebert (1942-2013), Roger Ebert Fellowship , Critics


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.