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Chaz Ebert

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Profession

Category:
LawMakers
EntertainmentMakers
Occupation(s):
Lawyer
Entertainment Manager

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Rainbow
Favorite Food:
Ice cream
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring, Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
In a villa with family.
Favorite Quote:
Fall Down Seven, Get Up Eight.$

Birthplace

Born:
10/15/1952
Birth Location:
Chicago, Illinois

Profession

Category:
LawMakers
EntertainmentMakers
Occupation(s):
Lawyer
Entertainment Manager

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Rainbow
Favorite Food:
Ice cream
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring, Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
In a villa with family.
Favorite Quote:
Fall Down Seven, Get Up Eight.$

Birthplace

Born:
10/15/1952
Birth Location:
Chicago
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Biography

Lawyer and entertainment manager Chaz Ebert was born on October 15, 1952 in Chicago, Illinois to Johnnie Hobbs Hammel and Wiley Hammel, Sr. She attended John M. Smyth Elementary School and Crane Technical High School in Chicago, Illinois and graduated in 1969. Ebert earned her B.A. degree in political science at the University of Dubuque in Dubuque, Iowa in 1972. She then received her M.A. degree in social science at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville in Platteville, Wisconsin. Ebert went on to receive her J.D. degree from DePaul University College of Law in Chicago.

Ebert began her career in 1977 as a litigator for the Region Five office of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. After three years, she left the agency to join the litigation department at the Chicago law firm of Bell Boyd and Lloyd LLP, where she focused on mergers and acquisitions and intellectual property. Ebert then began working at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Her work there focused primarily on race and age-based workplace discrimination. In 1989, she became the vice president of Ebert Company Ltd., where she oversaw daily operations and provided legal counsel for the company. In 1992, she married film critic Roger Ebert and continued to play an important role in the company over the following two decades, and often traveled with her husband and his business partner, film critic Gene Siskel. When Siskel passed away in 1999, Ebert encouraged the partnership between her husband and Chicago Sun Times columnist Richard Roeper. In 2002, Ebert launched rogerebert.com, an online magazine of film reviews by Roger Ebert and other critics. After her husband’s death in 2013, Ebert revamped the website under the company Ebert Digital. She also worked on the documentary of her late husband’s life called Life Itself.

Ebert hosted the twelfth annual Roger Ebert’s Film Festival in 2010. She led a team of critics to cover the Cannes Film Festival for rogerebert.com in 2013. Ebert also continued her husband’s legacy through her published contributions on rogerebert.com.

Ebert has two children, Josibiah Smith and Sonia Evans.

Chaz Ebert was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on August 7, 2017.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Chaz Ebert's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Chaz Ebert lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Chaz Ebert describes her father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Chaz Ebert describes her mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Chaz Ebert remembers visiting Thomaston, Georgia as a child
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Chaz Ebert lists her siblings
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Chaz Ebert describes her relationship with her older sisters
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Chaz Ebert talks about her early neighborhood in Chicago, Illinois, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Chaz Ebert describes the sights, sounds and smells of her childhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Chaz Ebert talks about her early neighborhood in Chicago, Illinois, pt. 2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Chaz Ebert describes her family's first home in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Chaz Ebert remembers her father's proficiency in food preparation
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Chaz Ebert recalls her close relationship with her siblings
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Chaz Ebert remembers her family's social activities
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Chaz Ebert describes her early religious experiences
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Chaz Ebert recalls her childhood responsibilities
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Chaz Ebert remembers her mother's community involvement
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Chaz Ebert talks about her fortieth high school reunion
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Chaz Ebert remembers influential elementary school teachers
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Chaz Ebert recalls her initial interest in the legal profession
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - Chaz Ebert describes her club memberships in high school
  • Tape: 2 Story: 12 - Chaz Ebert remembers marching with her father
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Chaz Ebert recalls her experiences with discriminatory teachers and professors
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Chaz Ebert remembers her decision to attend the University of Dubuque in Dubuque, Iowa
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Chaz Ebert remembers the racial demographics of the University of Dubuque
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Chaz Ebert recalls starting her family while attending college
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Chaz Ebert talks about her decision to pursue a master's degree
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Chaz Ebert recalls attending the DePaul University College of Law in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Chaz Ebert remembers the start to her legal career
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Chaz Ebert describes her pro bono work as a law student
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Chaz Ebert talks about balancing her personal life and law school
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Chaz Ebert recalls discriminatory practices at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • Tape: 3 Story: 11 - Chaz Ebert remembers the executives at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • Tape: 3 Story: 12 - Chaz Ebert remembers working with John McGuire
  • Tape: 3 Story: 13 - Chaz Ebert talks about her positions after leaving the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Chaz Ebert recalls leaving the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Chaz Ebert remembers her work at Bell Boyd and Lloyd LLP
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Chaz Ebert talks about her work on discrimination cases
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Chaz Ebert describes her employment history
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Chaz Ebert remembers meeting Roger Ebert, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Chaz Ebert remembers meeting Roger Ebert, pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Chaz Ebert describes Roger Ebert's personality
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Chaz Ebert remembers her initial bond with Roger Ebert
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Chaz Ebert remembers joining the Ebert Company Ltd.
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Chaz Ebert shares her thoughts on remarrying
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Chaz Ebert talks about the importance of philanthropy
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Chaz Ebert remembers her relationship with Roger Ebert's family
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Chaz Ebert remembers her husband's working relationship with Gene Siskel
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Chaz Ebert talks about Roger Ebert and Gene Siskel's careers as film critics
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Chaz Ebert remembers learning about film from Roger Ebert
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Chaz Ebert describes the creation of rogerebert.com
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Chaz Ebert talks about Roger Ebert's television work, pt. 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Chaz Ebert talks about Roger Ebert's television work, pt. 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 10 - Chaz Ebert recalls Roger Ebert's cancer diagnosis
  • Tape: 5 Story: 11 - Chaz Ebert recalls her connection with Roger Ebert after the loss of his voice