Actors, others gather at Chicago service for Ebert

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by Associated Press

Associated Press

Posted on April 11, 2013 at 8:06 PM

Updated Friday, Apr 12 at 6:05 AM

CHICAGO (AP) — Hollywood actors and Chicago natives John Cusack and Joan Cusack remembered famed film critic Roger Ebert as one of the city's icons.

The brother and sister spoke Thursday at a Chicago memorial for Ebert, who died last week at age 70 after a years-long bout with cancer.

John Cusack said Ebert was always supportive of artists. Cusack said Ebert "always gave you a fair shake."

The memorial at the Chicago Theatre was called "Roger Ebert: A Celebration of Life." A choir opened the gathering of actors, directors, film critics and other admirers by singing, "Roger Ebert, we will always love you."

The acclaimed movie reviewer's widow, Chaz Ebert, welcomed fans to the historic theater where her husband screened films for years and remembered him as a father, friend and humanitarian.

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