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What Happened to Roger Ebert?

ShoWest 2009 - Day 4
Film critic Roger Ebert accepts the ShoWest Career Achievement in Film Journalism Award at the Paris Las Vegas during ShoWest, the official convention of the National Association of Theatre Owners, April 2, 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Roger Ebert (Getty Images)more pics »
Famed movie critic Roger Ebert will appear on The Oprah Winfrey Show tomorrow, leading some to wonder: What happened to Roger Ebert? Photos of the film pro show the results of the surgery he underwent to remove his jaw due to cancer, and he looks physically different than he has in the past.

Ebert's jaw was removed due to cancer (Getty)
According to LATimes.com, Ebert can't speak or eat -- he's fed through a G-tube in a hole in his stomach -- because of his surgeries. He spent around 12 months in and out of hospitals under the knife and largely dropped out of the public eye because of his papillary thyroid cancer. Still, his writing career is as vibrant as ever: Even though Roger can't speak out loud, he writes constantly, including his film column for the Chicago Sun-Times.

In fact, Ebert's voice is coming back. He's debuting new technology during his chat with Oprah tomorrow that allows him to speak through a computerized voice, built from past soundbites containing his own vocal patterns and tones.

It's still a work in progress, but according to ABC, he's "ridiculously happy" with the results.

More pictures of Roger Ebert (click any photo):
  • Roger Ebert in The Roger Ebert Conference Center Announcement - 2009 Cannes Film Festival
  • Roger Ebert in The Roger Ebert Conference Center Announcement - 2009 Cannes Film Festival
  • Roger Ebert in The Roger Ebert Conference Center Announcement - 2009 Cannes Film Festival
  • Roger Ebert in The Roger Ebert Conference Center Announcement - 2009 Cannes Film Festival
  • Roger Ebert in The Roger Ebert Conference Center Announcement - 2009 Cannes Film Festival
  • Roger Ebert in The Roger Ebert Conference Center Announcement - 2009 Cannes Film Festival
  • Roger Ebert in The Roger Ebert Conference Center Announcement - 2009 Cannes Film Festival
  • Roger Ebert in The Roger Ebert Conference Center Announcement - 2009 Cannes Film Festival
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