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Ode to Oscar

Oscar de la Renta, favorite of first ladies and Texas social set, was always a gentleman

By Clifford Pugh

Editor's note: CultureMap Houston editor-in-chief Clifford Pugh is a longtime fashion journalist who shares his personal experience with the late Oscar de la Renta and the designer's impact ...


Skye McCole Bartusiak Remembered

Actress Skye McCole Bartusiak celebrated at Houston memorial service

By Clifford Pugh

As a performer, Skye McCole Bartusiak thrilled audiences in such films as The Patriot and television shows like 24. But on July 25, in the shadow of a large wreath in the shape of a pink ...


Goodbye Austin Outlaw

Texas country legend Steven Fromholz dies in tragic accident

By Cindy Widner

Numerous local and national news sources, including the Associated Press, are reporting that longtime Austin singer-songwriter Steven Fromholz has died of an accidental gunshot wound he suffered wh ...


Scathing send-off

Central Texas woman penned now-viral obit about ‘evil’ mother

By John Egan

A Central Texas woman authored a harshly worded obituary about her recently deceased mother that has generated online buzz around the world. On Tuesday, the Reno Gazette-Journal published &ndas ...


Morning Man Mourned

Popular morning radio personality Kidd Kraddick dies

By Teresa Gubbins

UPDATE: Kraddick died of cardiac disease, according to autopsy results released on July 29 by the Jefferson Parish Coroner's Office. Investigator Tommy Evans told the New Orleans Times-Picayune ...


R.I.P.

World-renowned pianist Van Cliburn dies at Fort Worth home

By Alex Bentley

Van Cliburn, the legendary pianist whose eponymous competition has been bringing world-class musicians to Fort Worth for more than 50 years, died on Wednesday. He was 78. Cliburn was born in Sh ...


Goodbye, J.R.

Legendary actor and Dallas star Larry Hagman dies at 81

By Jennifer Chininis

The actor best known as the notorious J.R. Ewing died Friday afternoon at Medical City Dallas hospital from complications of his recent battle with cancer. Larry Hagman had returned to Dallas t ...


American hero

Neil Armstrong, first man to walk on the moon and make "one giant leap for mankind," is dead at 82

By Clifford Pugh

Neil Armstrong, the Apollo astronaut who became the first man to walk on the moon, has died. In a statement, his family said he had passed away following "complications from cardiovascular pro ...


Appreciation

From here to obscurity: Film critic Judith Crist deserves high praise for trailblazing ways

By Joe Leydon

I used to half-joke that, back when I was in my early teens, that the two most prominent film critics in America arguably were Pauline Kael and Judith Crist — meaning that, while I was growin ...


Appreciation

Ernest Borgnine sustained a long acting career by attracting one generation after another

By Joe Leydon

Ernest Borgnine passed away Sunday at age 95. It’s worth noting, though, that as late as last year, he still earned his name above the title. On that particular occasion – in Anothe ...


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