James Brady, longtime author of Parade's celebrity profile column "In Step With," died Monday at his Manhattan home. He was 80.
For nearly 25 years, Mr. Brady provided a glimpse into the lives of some of the nation's most beloved celebrities and some up-and-comers who are relatively new to the national spotlight. His last Parade column, featuring Kevin Bacon, will appear on Feb. 15.
"Jim was a friend to the 73 million Americans who looked forward to his column each week, and he was a friend to all of use here at Parade," said CEO and Chairman Walter Anderson. "He was also a decorated war hero and a towering figure in American journalism. He will be extraordinarily missed."
A prolific author and a Marine, Mr. Brady's book The Scariest Place in the World, published by St. Martin's Press in 2005, is a non-fiction account of his return to North Korea for a Parade magazine article. He is also the author of Why Marines Fight (2007) and The Marine (2003), a novel of the Korean War. The Coldest War, published in 1990, was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize and was hailed by The New York Times as "a superb personal memoir of the way it was."
He is survived by his wife, Florence; two daughters, Fiona Brady and Susan Konig; four grandchildren; and one brother, Monsignor Tom Brady.