Life and career
Frady was born in Augusta, Georgia on January 11, 1940. His father was a minister in the Southern Baptist church. In 1963, Frady received a bachelor's degree from Furman University, where he later joined the faculty as writer in residence. He began as a journalist at Newsweek, later moving to the Saturday Evening Post and contributing to Harper's and Life. Frady was married four times, to Susanne Barker (January 20, 1961 – October 1966), Gloria Mochel (November 10, 1966 – 1975), and Gudrun Barbara Schunk, whom he married on May 14, 1975 and in 1989 to Barbara Gandolfo-Frady who survived him. He had three children: Katrina, Carson, and Shannon.
In addition to his print work, Frady was also active as a television journalist, contributing to the American Broadcasting Company's news series
Close Up and Nightline. In 1982, he won an Emmy for his work on a documentary about mercenaries, Soldiers of the Twilight.