Chaz Ebert: Roger Ebert Documentary 'Life Itself' Is A Love Story

Chaz Ebert: Roger Ebert Documentary 'Life Itself' Is A Love Story

After a long battle with cancer, Roger Ebert passed away last year. Roger’s widow, Chaz Ebert, talks to Billy Bush and guest co-host Samantha Harris on Access Hollywood Live about “Life Itself,” the life affirming documentary of Roger Ebert’s life and work. “Life Itself” opens in select theaters July 4.

her life. We were 50 when we got married. He used to tell me I waited just about all my life to find you and I'm glad I did. Oh, man. What a story. Roger Ebert passed away last year and he had married the love of his wife, Chaz. She bares her soul in a new documentary about her legendary husband. Even critics will tell you, he was the critic. It's a love story. And it's also unflinching is a good word about that. It is a love story. But what I have to say first, I love you. We always had a good time together. Thank you for having Samantha together this morning. You were so in-firing. And you'll be with those beautiful little girls forever. You're so courageous and so brave. I'm really happy, you know he, you're giving me energy this morning. And the documentary itself is so inspiring. The fact you and roger were so open and willing to allow camera this is to probably the most private in-ity in the time in your entire lives together. How did you come to that decision is this. Well, first of all, we didn't know he was going to pass away four months in to the making of the film. We thought it would be over the period of a year showing roger out and about and doing everything. But that's what it is. Roger, though, even thinking that -- I think roger knew he wasn't going to be here. But I think he was so affected by not being able to say good-bye to gene siskel when gene died that he said he wanted to be more open with his ill illness. And there is a funny moment between siskel and -- Very funny. You liked gene better. In the beginning before I met roger. But then of course immediately when I met roger, I immediately got why he was so charming and loveable. And he was so smart and funny and so generous and kind. So before we met, before I met roger in person, I did prefer gene. So I just have to say that. On TV. But, no, roger is the best. I love in the film you say when we met, he was 300 pounds and he had such confidence, I found him so sexy. And I love that. I had never seen anything like him with that kind of confidence. Not vanity, just confidence. And he just exuded life and joy up until the very day he died. He did that. And that's a reason I'm happy you're being open and you'll be inspiring so many people. Our society turns away from illness. And yet we share is so bravely. We saw the woman dancing her way into the double mastectomy. When roger passed away, take 5, he said play it. The family around him wanted to hear that song. I mean, that's -- beautiful. I want to do something for Samantha. This is my little dance for you. I hope that you and your girls and your husband, too, get in that circle and guys dance. Because there is such joy. And I want to say, having my husband there through this early journey that we've had so far has been so important. You for roger, to be there so unwavering, so committed to roger, his health, making sure he was happy. How did you go on? Because I know there are days that you just want to go in a closet and cry. How did you do it? It was just love. Love transforms. His love -- I know my love for him changed him. And his love for me changed me, too. It just was so transformative. And so that's why I was there every minute taking care of him because he had been so -- such a beautiful husband to me. And I hope that that's what you have, as well. I'm sorry, I'm not trying to -- Are you kidding me? I'm listening to something beautiful. You invited me into your house years ago when roger was speaking through a computer and I'll never forget it. You were so gracious. There is the screening room down there. We were watching citizen Kane. What is your favorite movie of all time, and he said citizen Kane. What a love story, Chaz. Thank you very much. Is it over? I'm sorry. Well, they're screaming in my ear. I don't want to be. All right. I don't run this place. I wish I did. They're all crying. Life itself opens in select theaters July 4th. You got to see it. It is Oscar worthy.