Roger Ebert has a new prosthetic chin, he writes at the Chicago Sun-Times. "That's not to fool anyone, because my appearance is widely known," he explains. It's more of a "pleasant reminder of the person I was for 64 years." Cancer surgeries left Ebert's face disfigured, a fact that went largely unknown until a jarring image of him appeared in Esquire last year. He won't wear the chin all the time, but will do so when he makes appearances on his new show, Roger Ebert Presents At the Movies, which premiered Friday on public TV stations.
"At the beginning of this process I assumed I would wear the new prosthesis whenever I left the house, so that 'nobody would know,'" he writes. "But everybody knows. The photograph of me that appeared in Esquire even found its way onto billboards in China. And something else has happened since that day in the hospital: I accept the way I look. Lord knows I paid the dues."