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Parade magazine's James Brady dies

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.