Chaz Ebert

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Chaz Ebert
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Ebert at the Hawaii International Film Festival in October 2010
Charlie Hammel

(1952-10-15) October 15, 1952 (age 70)
Alma materUniversity of Dubuque (BA)
University of Wisconsin–Platteville (MA)
DePaul University (JD)
  • Businessperson
  • attorney
(m. 1992; died 2013)

Chaz Ebert (born Charlie Hammel; October 15, 1952) is an American attorney and businesswoman.[1][2][3]

Early life and education[edit]

Ebert was born in Chicago to Johnnie Hobbs Hammel and Wiley Hammel Sr. She attended Crane Technical High School in Chicago. She earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Dubuque, a Master of Arts from University of Wisconsin–Platteville, and a Juris Doctor from the DePaul University College of Law.[1]


Chaz was an executive producer and guest on Ebert Presents: At the Movies. She is the CEO and publisher of Ebert Digital, which publishes, which contains an archive of her deceased husband Roger Ebert's film reviews and publishes contributors' film reviews.[4][5] She was featured in the 2014 documentary Life Itself about Roger Ebert and was an executive producer of the 2019 film Selah and the Spades.

In 2005, Ebert was part of a group of high-profile minority and female shareholders who filed a federal lawsuit against other investors in the bankrupt Rosemont, Illinois-based Emerald Casino. Ebert and the other investors said they lost more than $21 million after the Illinois Gaming Board revoked the license from the Emerald Casino, reportedly because the other investors were accused of lying to state regulators or having ties to organized crime.[6][7][8]

After the death of her husband,[9] Ebert became the host of Ebertfest, an annual film festival held in Champaign, Illinois, in collaboration with the UIUC College of Media.[10][11][12]

Personal life[edit]

Chaz was married to film critic Roger Ebert from 1992 until his death in 2013.[13][14][15][16] She has two children from previous relationships.[1]


Year Title Role Notes
2007 The 17th Annual Gotham Awards Herself [17]
2010 The Oprah Winfrey Show Guest 1 episode[18][19][20]
2011 Ebert Presents: At the Movies Contributor 10 episodes
2013 Roger Ebert's 14th Annual Film Festival: A Retrospective Herself Short film[21]
2013-2014 Entertainment Tonight Herself 2 episodes
2014 Life Itself Herself
HuffPost Live Conversations Guest 1 episode
Tavis Smiley Guest 1 episode
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Herself 1 episode
2014-2015 The Insider Herself 2 episodes
2019 90 Years of the Music Box Theatre Herself Short film
CTV News at 11:30 Toronto Herself 1 episode
CTV News at Noon Toronto Herself 1 episode
Benjamin Marshall Architect Herself Short film[22]


  1. ^ a b c "Chaz Ebert". The History Makers. Retrieved January 11, 2019.
  2. ^ "Roger Ebert getting married". Messenger-Inquirer. July 9, 1991. Retrieved June 2, 2022.
  3. ^ "Clipping from Public Opinion". Public Opinion. July 20, 1992. Retrieved June 2, 2022.
  4. ^ Miller, Quenton (February 23, 2017). "Roger Ebert, Wikipedia Editor". Guernica. Retrieved April 26, 2022.
  5. ^ Hernandez, Brian Anthony (April 9, 2013). "Roger Ebert's Website for Film Reviews Gets Makeover". Retrieved April 26, 2022.
  6. ^ "Investors file lawsuit in failed casino bid". Chicago Tribune. January 28, 2006. Retrieved May 29, 2022.
  7. ^ Kass, John (July 3, 2002). "In Illinois, casino backers just can't lose". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved May 29, 2022.
  8. ^ Kass, John (May 30, 2007). "Combine will roll a winner, eventually". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved May 29, 2022.
  9. ^ Steinberg, Neil (April 4, 2013). "Roger Ebert dies at 70 after battle with cancer". Chicago Sun-Times. Archived from the original on December 16, 2014.
  10. ^ Merli, Melissa (April 25, 2007). "Ebert will have best seat in the house". News-Gazette. Champaign, Illinois. Retrieved May 14, 2022.
  11. ^ Jones, Chris (February 16, 2010). "Roger Ebert: The Essential Man". Esquire.
  12. ^ Caruso, Michael (January 21, 2020). "New year, new semester: what's in store for Spring 2020". The Daily Illini. Retrieved February 16, 2020.
  13. ^ Hunt, Drew. "Chaz Ebert: The Media Mogul". The Chicago Reader. Retrieved January 11, 2020.
  14. ^ Lewine, Edward (February 13, 2005). "A Film Critic's Windy City Home". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved February 16, 2020.
  15. ^ Felsenthal, Carol (December 2005). "A Life in the Movies". Chicago Magazine. Archived from the original on August 23, 2011. Retrieved June 30, 2022.
  16. ^ "Chaz Ebert Bio". DailyEntertainmentNews. January 12, 2013. Retrieved April 21, 2022.
  17. ^ "Last Night's Gotham Awards Deemed Just Indie Enough". Vulture. November 28, 2007. Retrieved May 13, 2022.
  18. ^ Ebert, Roger (February 26, 2010). "Hello, this me speaking". Archived from the original on March 9, 2010. Retrieved May 13, 2022.
  19. ^ Gilbert, Matthew (February 26, 2010). "Ebert to sit down with Oprah". The Boston Globe. Retrieved June 2, 2022.
  20. ^ Tucker, Ken (March 2, 2010). "'Oprah': Roger Ebert predicts the Oscars, movingly: 'No more surgery for me'". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved May 13, 2022.
  21. ^ Marcotte, Alison (April 8, 2013). "Ebertfest to continue as tribute to film critic". The Daily Illini. Archived from the original on July 25, 2013. Retrieved May 14, 2022.
  22. ^ Ebert, Chaz (November 19, 2019). "Benjamin Marshall Documentary to Premiere Today at Chicago's Gene Siskel Film Center". Retrieved July 20, 2022.

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