January 28th, 2009
11:50 AM ET

James Brady, Parade columnist, dies

James Brady, who did Parade magazine's "In Step With" column for almost 25 years, has died, according to news reports. He was 80.

Though most people knew of Brady through his Parade column, he was a fixture in the New York media scene. He created the New York Post’s “Page Six” gossip column and had a regular byline at Women’s Wear Daily. He also wrote New York magazine’s “Intelligencer” column for several years.

He was a veteran of the Korean War and wrote several books about the conflict, including 1990’s “The Coldest War.”

Brady’s breezy interviews in Parade were a back-page fixture in the Sunday supplement. His last one, according to Parade, will be on Kevin Bacon and will run February 15.

– From news services


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  1. mary

    I have grown up with Parade. I first read the inside question answers.
    Then flip to the back for Jim Brady's "In Step" interview, then I go to "ask Marilyn"
    and if I'm interested in the cover story I go to that. This has been my routine for 15 years. He will be missed as an American Sunday morning fixture. Thank you Jim Brady for bringing much needed quick light hearted fluff to my weekend when the rest of the paper is filled with doom.

    February 25, 2009 at 8:02 am | Report abuse |
  2. Poi Boy

    May God be with you. Aloha!!!!!!!!

    February 8, 2009 at 4:48 am | Report abuse |
  3. N.C. Norris

    I will miss Mr. Brady's column, it was one thing on my weekly "to do" list. I rarely missed a column, it was enjoyable reading material in which I did not have to worry about the columnist attempting to slander his interviewee. It was pleasant and intelligent reading and something to look forward to at week's end.
    I bet he was every bit as nice as his work on this column.
    My condolences to his family and friends.

    February 4, 2009 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
  4. Kat

    Ed, You sound like a bitter journalist! Thank god you are not writing James Brad's epitath.

    February 3, 2009 at 6:30 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Suzanne

    Ed, what is wrong with you?

    I love reading James Brady's column in Parade with my Sunday paper. He never seemed to have a hidden agenda with the celebrities he spoke to. He wasn't trying to subtly put them down or do any backstabbing. He took them at face value. Parade will not be the same without him.

    You don't sound like a very nice person at all.

    February 3, 2009 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Hal

    Having met Mr. Brady on numerous occasions, he was always a gentleman when I dealt with him. I saw him a couple of days before his death and was very saddened to read about it. He will be missed greatly. My condolences go out to his family.

    February 2, 2009 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
  7. Robin

    Laurie- totally agree with your comment. I looked forward to his column every Sunday. Mr. Brady will be missed...He always brought class to his articles. Ed – maybe you could learn a couple of things from that!

    February 2, 2009 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
  8. Tracy

    They should publish a book of his In Step articles – or a series of books and use the profits for a cause (or causes) dear to the heart of James Brady. RIP.

    February 1, 2009 at 10:14 am | Report abuse |
  9. James

    Brady's column is one of three things I read in Parade, so I will miss this a lot.

    January 31, 2009 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Magi

    It seems as if Ed may be jealous because he does not have a syndicated column and no one cares about what he writes, until he criticizes someone else more accomplished than him. I for one will miss Mr.Brady's column who provided a little bit of lightheartedness in contrast of our otherwise, heavily burdened work week. Well done sir! You will be missed.

    January 30, 2009 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Jennifer

    I grew up reading the Sunday paper with my parents, and the first thing I looked for was Parade magazine and James' interviews. I enjoyed his lighthearted and easygoing interview style. He will be greatly missed.

    January 30, 2009 at 11:09 am | Report abuse |
  12. Sandy Payne

    My goodness, Ed. Is that it's come down to for the authors of the world? Our writing isn't worth anything unless we get an award for it. Gee, that would seem to leave a lot of worthy authors out in the cold. So Brady's "In Step With" column was a happy little peek into an actor's life. If that doesn't float your boat, don't read it. But don't knock what he did, either. From what I read, he did his homework, and came up with fresh, interesting angles on the actors he interviewed. That's not as easy as you make it out to be. Perhaps if you actually spent time with the prose of 2nd graders, you'd see the truth in that.

    January 29, 2009 at 6:56 pm | Report abuse |
  13. comportment

    Please folks, if you can't say something nice, why do you imagine someone else would want to read it? Geez, get outside, learn to smile again and get a life.

    January 29, 2009 at 6:03 pm | Report abuse |
  14. CNN10

    Ed –
    yes John is right James Brady has done amazing writing, like "The Coldest War", "Marines of Autumn", "Why Marines Fight" and many other books about his experiences as a marine in the Korean war.
    he will be remembered as a marine, a great writer, and an amazing man
    RIP

    January 29, 2009 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
  15. John

    Hey, Ed...read "The Coldest War" and tell me if that is fluff!

    January 29, 2009 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Jen

    I have read Parade every week since I was a kid and the inside covers have always been a favorite. These days, In Step With was perfect for me to get in between my coffee and my kids on a Sunday morning. This is a man who did celebrity interviews that were respectful and always shared a bit of info that was new and interesting. The man has passed. If you're not into celebrity news, that's fine - a lot of people don't care, but at least show some respect. He made a living doing it and did it well.

    January 29, 2009 at 9:51 am | Report abuse |
  17. Laurie

    I grew up reading the Sunday times around the family breakfast table and Brady's lighthearted interviews in the back of Parade were something I enjoyed. They weren't anything stupendous, the interviews weren't deep or enlightening but it was a little lighthearted cap off a morning of heavy news and they were fun reading. Does a journalist have to win a Pulitzer to be acknowledged after death...I think not. He was like a friend who you touch base with every Sunday morning – and that alone deserves a little acknowledgement.

    January 29, 2009 at 7:30 am | Report abuse |
  18. Suzy

    Kagome,
    please don't tell us that you are a journalism student.

    January 29, 2009 at 3:33 am | Report abuse |
  19. Suzy

    to Ed:

    Honey, if you never read page 6, you never read anything worth reading! page 6 is the ONLY piece of rag worth the ink!

    January 29, 2009 at 3:32 am | Report abuse |
  20. jenny

    Ed, Why did you feel compelled to say that?

    January 28, 2009 at 8:29 pm | Report abuse |
  21. Marty duh Marine

    Mr. Brady, you will be missed. From one Marine to another, good job and Semper Fi!

    January 28, 2009 at 8:20 pm | Report abuse |
  22. Cal Dipkin

    For many years, I always looked forward to Mr. Brady's column in the
    Sunday Parade. I send my deepest sympathy to his family. He will
    be missed.

    January 28, 2009 at 7:05 pm | Report abuse |
  23. James

    I would be happy to be that second grader. A good solid gig. Parade, I am here if you need me and you would only have to change the last name. RIP James Brady. Get ready for James II.

    January 28, 2009 at 7:04 pm | Report abuse |
  24. Ed

    "In Step With", like the rest of Parade magazine, is breezy fluff, a public relations agent's best friend. I am sorry to hear that Brady, or anyone for that matter has died. However, it is not surprising that there is no mention of Brady ever winning any type of journalistic award in his obituary. "In Step With" could have been written by a second-grader with a crayon, given the weighty topics that it covered!

    January 28, 2009 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
  25. JAN

    WHAT LOSS FOR PARADE-

    January 28, 2009 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
  26. Kate

    I spoke with him when I worked as a PR assistant in Hollywood to coordinate an interview. He seemed a genuinely nice man, I'm sure he'll be missed.

    January 28, 2009 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
  27. LBW

    This is sad. I have enjoyed his interviews through the years. Parade Magazine is one of my favorite reads with my Sunday Paper. RIP James Brady.

    January 28, 2009 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
  28. mommyt

    I believe the article said who he was.

    January 28, 2009 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
  29. richard

    who is Kagome?

    January 28, 2009 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
  30. Barbara

    How sad! I used to read Parade a lot. Every now and then I will read it. I can't imagine Parade with out his "In Step With" column.

    January 28, 2009 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
  31. Kagome

    Who is James Brady?

    January 28, 2009 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |

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