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
 In 1982, he won an
Emmy for his work on a documentary about mercenaries, Soldiers of the Twilight.