Roger Ebert was America's best-known film critic – and arguably its best. an on -line activist, a historian, and even Oprah Winfrey's date for an. NOW it can be told: Oprah Winfrey's romantic date with Roger Ebert launched her into TV immortality. Winfrey celebrated 20 years of all-things. For 20 years, film critic Roger Ebert has kept his lips sealed about his relationship with Oprah until today! On Oprah's 20th anniversary special she revealed—for the first time—that Roger was the person who convinced her to go into syndicataion while they were on a date!.
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In the late s, Ebert struck up a friendship with Russ Meyer, the idiosyncratic director of soft-core sex films, after defending Meyer's work in print. In , Meyer invited Ebert to write the screenplay for his first major studio project, and "Beyond The Valley Of The Dolls" went on to become a box office success and a cult favorite.
Russ Meyer was recruited to make a movie about the Sex Pistols when the pioneering punk band was at the height of its infamy in Meyer invited Ebert to write the screenplay for the project, then called "Who Killed Bambi. We won the Battle of Britain for you! I kept these details to myself. Among his other assignments for the Chicago Sun-Times, Ebert occasionally covered promising local musicians.
The liner notes to the album "The Singing Mailman Delivers" by John Prine, a celebrated singer and songwriter from Chicago, includes a story Ebert wrote about Prine before he recorded his first album in Ebert was a passionate advocate of new media, embracing Twitter and launching an on-line presence before most of his peers, and he was also one of the first investors in a firm called Google. View photos Ebert Dated Oprah — Once.
When Oprah Winfrey was the host of a local television show in the s called "AM Chicago," Ebert asked her out for a date, and she said yes.
It's said that the evening wasn't all that memorable, except that Ebert told Oprah she should consider creating a syndicated version of her show, since his program with Gene Siskel was becoming a major windfall for him. Oprah ended up with a media empire, and Ebert married Chaz Hammelsmith in , suggesting it all worked out for the best. As an early adopter of e-mail, Ebert was as annoyed as anyone by the rise of electronic junk mail, and in he wrote an anti-span screed, which included what he called "The Boulder Pledge.
If it ain't broke, right? You can't talk at a movie—I'd sooner die than break that rule—so I chose the one place we couldn't converse, where I couldn't let my best attributes come to light. I also ran the risk of coming off as a know-it-all. People go to the movies to laugh, to cry, to be scared, to be entertained.
I should have thought it out. Despite everything, things started well enough. I took her to a sneak preview, which I thought would impress her, and truthfully, I think it did. She'd never been to a critic's screening, she said, and I thought that perhaps I'd made a good decision after all. We got some popcorn and some sodas, then sat in the back row, near the door, where I could use the light to take notes.
When the lights went down is when things went south never a good sign on a date. While a movie, an exclusive showing with popcorn, might not have been such a bad idea, the particular movie is what ultimately did me in. A romance would have been ideal, while an action movie would have been fun.
Even a scary movie could have been good, her moving closer, squeezing my hand, hiding her face in my arm. But no, it was a comedy, and not just any comedy, but a sex comedy. The movie that was screening that night? Revenge of the Nerds. At first, it wasn't so bad. But then I dug myself deeper, early on, when I whispered into her ear breaking my sacred rule , "These guys remind me of me. But when it became obvious that these boys were nothing like me, that they were crude and uncouth, and that there'd be lots of nudity, I cringed.
By the time the panty raid scene ended and the nerds were watching the sorority girls undress on live video feeds, we couldn't have been more far apart if there was a seat between us. I saw her looking down at her watch. I saw her averting her eyes.