Chris Madden, author and lifestyle personality, dies at 73

His At Home With Chris Madden magazine was published by Hearst and sent to Good Housekeeping subscribers for about two years from 2005.

She married Mr. Madden, then the advertising director of New York Magazine, in 1974. He went on to serve as publisher of Self, House & Garden and Bon Appétit, and later managing director of his wife’s company, Chris Madden Inc.

Ann Christine Casson was born on June 1, 1948, in Rockville Center, NY, on Long Island, one of nine children. His father, Edward Gaynor Casson, was a sales manager at the Mohawk Brush Company. His mother, Ann Marie (Hill) Casson, was a homemaker who taught her children to sew and cook, and even upholster furniture.

Chris was a model as a child and teenager. She majored in fashion merchandising at the Fashion Institute of Technology in Manhattan, although she dropped out in her senior year to work as an assistant in the Sports Illustrated photo department.

She worked in the advertising departments of several publishing houses – when she was just 24, she was hired as an advertising manager at Farrar, Straus & Giroux – until she was fired by Simon & Schuster in the late 1970s, Mr Madden said, for not being aggressive enough. She then started her own advertising business, Chris Madden & Associates (there were no associates), out of their East 84th Street apartment. His clients included book publishers, an anti-censorship nonprofit, and Ford Models.

At the same time, she embarked on the production of fine books. She first wrote a cookbook (“The Compleat Lemon”, with Susan Lee, published in 1979) then a book on New York (“Manhattan”, with Jean-Claude Suares, published in 1981). After the publication of her book on decorators, “Interior Visions: Great American Designers and the Showcase House”, in 1988, she began to focus on interior design.