James Brady, the Parade magazine celebrity columnist whose career also included novels, a memoir on his Korean War service and a stint as publisher of Women's Wear Daily, has died at 80.
Brady's death was announced by Parade magazine, where he wrote the celebrity profile column “In Step With” for nearly 25 years. He died Monday at his Manhattan home.
Brady also was credited with initiating the New York Post's popular Page Six gossip section when he worked for publisher Rupert Murdoch in the 1970s. During that time, he also succeeded Clay Felker as editor of New York magazine when Murdoch acquired it in 1977.
His varied interests were alluded to in a 1997 New York Times profile. At Brady's home in East Hampton, it said, “photos from years gone by paper the walls. Mr. Brady with (designer Coco) Chanel in Paris, Mr. Brady with a young Brooke Shields in New York, Mr. Brady in combat fatigues in Korea, Mr. Brady with President Bush in Washington.”
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Despite his many books and career stops, many readers knew him best for Parade. CEO Walter Anderson said Brady “was a friend to the 73 million Americans who looked forward to his column each week. … He will be extraordinarily missed.”
His last column will appear Feb. 15. It will feature actor Kevin Bacon.