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Martha Stewart

Martha Stewart
Stewart at the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival Vanity Fair party
Born Martha Helen Kostyra
(1941-08-03) August 3, 1941
Jersey City, New Jersey, U.S.
Residence Katonah, New York,
Mount Desert Island, Seal Harbor, Maine,
East Hampton, New York
Education Nutley High School
Alma mater Barnard College
Occupation Businesswoman, writer, television personality, former fashion model
Home town Nutley, New Jersey
Net worth US$638 million (2011)[1]
Religion Roman Catholic
Spouse(s) Andrew Stewart (1961–1987; divorced)
Children Alexis Stewart (b. 1965)
Website Official website
Signature

Martha Helen Stewart (née Kostyra; born August 3, 1941)[2] is an American businesswoman, writer, and television personality. As founder of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, she has gained success through a variety of business ventures, encompassing publishing, broadcasting, merchandising, and electronic commerce. She has written numerous bestselling books, is the publisher of the Martha Stewart Living magazine, and hosted two long-running syndicated television shows, Martha, which ran from 2005 to 2012, and Martha Stewart Living, which ran from 1993 to 2005.

In 2004, Stewart was convicted of charges related to the ImClone insider trading affair and sentenced to prison. There was speculation that the incident would effectively end her media empire,[3][4][5] although Stewart began a comeback campaign in 2005[6] and her company returned to profitability in 2006.[7] Stewart rejoined the board of directors of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia in 2011[8] and became chairman of her namesake company again in 2012.[9]

Contents

  • Early life 1
  • Career 2
    • Later career 2.1
    • Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia 2.2
  • Stock trading case and conviction 3
    • Sentence 3.1
    • Incarceration 3.2
  • Current projects 4
  • Personal life 5
  • Recognition 6
  • See also 7
  • References 8
  • Further reading 9
  • External links 10

Early life

Martha Stewart was born in Jersey City, New Jersey.[10] She is the second of six children[11] born to middle-class Edward "Eddie" Kostyra (1912–1979) and Martha Ruszkowski Kostyra (1914–2007), and is of entirely Polish heritage.[12][13][14] When Stewart was three years old, the family moved to Nutley.[15][16] She adopted the name "Grace" for her confirmation name.[17]

When Stewart was 10, she worked as the occasional babysitter for the children of

External links

  • "'"Mariana Pasternak's 'The Best of Friends. Good Morning America. ABC News. March 16, 2010. Retrieved October 29, 2010. 
  • Pasternak, Mariana (2010). The Best of Friends: Martha and Me. New York: HarperCollins.  
  • Sellers, Patricia (November 14, 2005). "Remodeling Martha". Fortune (CNN). Retrieved October 29, 2010. 

Further reading

  1. ^ Goldman, Lea; Blakeley, Kiri (January 18, 2007). "The 20 Richest Women In Entertainment".  
  2. ^ "Martha Stewart biography". http://www.biography.com. 
  3. ^ Christopher, Byron (May 10, 2004). "Gray Outlook At Mso – Without Martha Juggernaut, Company Appears Doomed".  
  4. ^ Howard, Theresa (March 7, 2004). "Homemaking empire tries to dust off image".  
  5. ^ El-Faizy, Monique; Dillon, Nancy; Connor, Tracy (March 7, 2004). "Martha's Dynasty Could Be Doomed".  
  6. ^ Brady, Diane (November 5, 2006). "The Reinvention Of Martha Stewart".  
  7. ^ "Martha Stewart Living posts profit".  
  8. ^ "Martha Stewart Rejoins Her Board".  
  9. ^ Jones, Kristin (May 23, 2012). "Martha Stewart Named Nonexecutive Chairman".  
  10. ^ "Martha Stewart Fast Facts".  
  11. ^ a b c Green, Michelle; Speidel, Maria; Frey, Jennifer; Daspin, Eileen; Eftimiades, Maria; Greissinger, Lisa Kay (October 2, 1995). "The Best Revenge".  
  12. ^ Ancestry of Martha Stewart
  13. ^ Stated on Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr., May 6, 2012
  14. ^ Smolenyak, Megan (May 8, 2012). "10 Things You Didn't Know About Martha Stewart's Family Tree".  
  15. ^ "Fast Facts: Martha Stewart Timeline". Fox News. March 4, 2005. Retrieved November 17, 2008. 
  16. ^ Curran, John (March 14, 2004). "In her New Jersey hometown, Martha Stewart's downfall stings".  
  17. ^ Wallace, Benjamin (August 8, 2011). "The Comeback That Wasn't".  
  18. ^ "Things you didn’t know about Martha Stewart". Fox News. January 3, 2014. Retrieved March 5, 2014. 
  19. ^ Leavy, Jane (October 12, 2010). The Last Boy: Mickey Mantle and the End of America's Childhood.  
  20. ^ "Martha Stewart Stars in Unilever Ad -- 55 Years Ago".  
  21. ^ "5 Things You Didn't Know About Martha Stewart". The Huffington Post. January 2, 2014. Retrieved March 5, 2014. 
  22. ^ "Martha Stewart's Modeling Career Photos Will Make Your Jaw Drop". The Huffington Post. February 28, 2013. Archived from the original on March 1, 2013. Retrieved March 1, 2013. 
  23. ^ "Martha Stewart from Stars' Early Modeling Pictures".  
  24. ^ Beck Paprocki, Sherry (2009). Martha Stewart: Lifestyle Entrepreneur. Infobase Publishing. pp. 17–18.  
  25. ^ Demers, Ph.D., Elizabeth S.; Geraci, Victor W. (2011). Icons of American Cooking. ABC-CLIO. p. 245.  
  26. ^ Beck Paprocki 2009 pp.17–18
  27. ^ Kerns, Ann (October 24, 2006). Martha Stewart. Twenty-First Century Books. p. 19.  
  28. ^ "Martha Stewart - 1959".  
  29. ^ a b Breeden, Jake (January 16, 2013). Tipping Sacred Cows: Kick the Bad Work Habits that Masquerade as Virtues. John Wiley & Sons. p. 159.  
  30. ^ "Martha's Datebook". CBS News. Retrieved March 5, 2014. 
  31. ^ a b c "EVERYWOMAN.COM" The New Yorker by Joan Didion, Published: February 21, 2000
  32. ^ graduate with a double degree/double major
  33. ^ Salzman, Avi (June 2, 2006). "Martha Stewart Puts Farmhouse on Market". The New York Times. Retrieved March 6, 2014. 
  34. ^ "Martha Stewart". Reference for Business: Encyclopedia of Business, 2nd ed. Advameg, Inc. Retrieved October 29, 2010. 
  35. ^ Stewart was introduced Alan Mirken
  36. ^ "History of Entertaining – Martha Stewart Entertaining". Marthastewart.com. Retrieved December 28, 2011. 
  37. ^ Entertainingreferenced,
  38. ^ "Martha Stewart Living to Increase Frequency to Twelve Issues Per Year and Add Additional Special Issue of Martha Stewart Baby". PR Newsire. May 2, 2000. Retrieved March 6, 2014. 
  39. ^ "Case Study - Martha Stewart". http://www.entrepreneuressacademy.com. 
  40. ^ Sellers, Patricia (November 2, 2005). "Martha Stewart's comeback trail". CNNMoney. Retrieved March 6, 2014. 
  41. ^ "U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission pancakes". sec.gov. sec.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2003. 
  42. ^ "Newsweek Cover: Martha's Mess".  
  43. ^ Naughton, Keith (July 7, 2002). "'"More 'Ridiculousness.  
  44. ^ "Martha Stewart quits exchange board".  
  45. ^ a b "Stewart convicted on all charges". CNNMoney. March 10, 2004. Retrieved March 5, 2014. 
  46. ^ Crawford, Krysten (March 4, 2005). "Martha, out and about". CNNMoney. Retrieved March 5, 2014. 
  47. ^ Thomas, Jr., Landon (October 13, 2006). "The Broker Who Fell to Earth".  
  48. ^ "Stewart sentenced to five months in prison".  
  49. ^ Securities and Exchange Commission Litigation Release No. 19794 / August 7, 2006
  50. ^ Hope, Christopher; Spillius, Alex (June 19, 2008). "Martha Stewart refused entry to the UK".  
  51. ^ a b Meier, Barry (September 30, 2004). "Martha Stewart Assigned to Prison in West Virginia". The New York Times. Retrieved March 5, 2014. 
  52. ^ a b c "Martha is now inmate #55170-054".  
  53. ^ "Interviews with Alexis Stewart, David Chesnoff, Tatum O'Neal".  
  54. ^ a b "Martha Stewart Begins Service of Sentence." Federal Bureau of Prisons. October 8, 2004. Retrieved January 5, 2010.
  55. ^ Vries, Lloyd (September 20, 2005). "'"How Martha Coped At 'Yale.  
  56. ^ a b c Roberts, Joel (July 5, 2005). M. Diddy' Stewart's Prison Tales"'". CBS News. Associated Press. Retrieved March 5, 2014. 
  57. ^ "Martha Stewart: A Federal Case." Scandals! That Rocked America. Time, Inc. Home Entertainment, 2009, p. 70
  58. ^ a b "Press Release." Federal Bureau of Prisons. March 4, 2005. Retrieved January 5, 2010.
  59. ^ "Sans ankle bracelet, Martha's back." The Standard. September 2, 2005
  60. ^ "The Martha rules". http://www.goodreads.com. 
  61. ^ Flor.com
  62. ^ Martha Stewart to sell signature wine
  63. ^ Martha Stewart Show series overview New York Times
  64. ^ "Our Television Wrap Party at EN Japanese Brasserie" from The Martha Blog (May 11, 2012)
  65. ^ Wallace, Benjamin. (July 31, 2011) New York MagazineIs Martha Stewart’s Empire Headed For Sale? - . Nymag.com. Retrieved on August 18, 2013.
  66. ^ "Martha Bakes - About the Show". Hallmark Channel. Retrieved May 5, 2013. 
  67. ^ Ross, Robyn (March 21, 2012). "Exclusive: Martha Stewart, Tony Hale to Guest Star on Law & Order: SVU". TV Guide. Retrieved March 21, 2012. 
  68. ^ "Martha Stewart’s Cooking School". PBS. Retrieved May 5, 2013. 
  69. ^ Lisa De Moraes (April 19, 2012). "Martha Stewart hops to PBS with ‘Cooking School’ TV show". Washington Post. Retrieved April 22, 2012. 
  70. ^ Martha Stewart; Sarah Carey (2008). Martha Stewart's Cooking School : Lessons and Recipes for the Home Cook. Clarkson Potter.  
  71. ^ "Martha Stewart Stopped Dating Anthony Hopkins Because of Hannibal". Archived from the original on January 25, 2013. 
  72. ^ "'"Martha Stewart on NPR's 'Wait Wait Don't Tell Me. 
  73. ^ "Bill Gates in Sweden for High Society Wedding," The Local, Sweden's News in English, November 22, 2008.
  74. ^ Martha Stewart Dating Former Microsoftie? InsideMicrosoft, December 29, 2006
  75. ^ Martha Stewart Renounces Fur, Hosts PETA Video Exposé
  76. ^ Walls, Jeannette (September 20, 2005). "Martha Stewart: Unlikely PETA spokesperson".  
  77. ^ "Martha Stewart speaks out about cruelty to farm animals".  Youtube| Retrieved February 27, 2012
  78. ^ a b "Martha Stewart's Mother Dies". People. November 17, 2007. Retrieved March 5, 2014. 
  79. ^ "From My Home to Yours". Martha Stewart Living. June 2007. Retrieved June 16, 2009. 
  80. ^ Grese, Robert E. (1992). Jens Jensen: Maker of Natural Parks and Gardens. Baltimore, Maryland: The Johns Hopkins University Press. pp. 102, 184.  
  81. ^ Hutchins, Ryan (June 5, 2011). "Tony Bennett, Queen Latifah among 2011 N.J. Hall of Fame inductees".  

References

See also

In 2011, Stewart was inducted into the New Jersey Hall of Fame.[81]

Recognition

Stewart currently resides in Katonah, a hamlet of the town of Bedford, New York. She also maintains a 35,000 square foot residence on Mount Desert Island in Seal Harbor, Maine, known as 'Skylands', the former summer estate of automobile designer and tycoon Edsel Ford, with gardens designed by renowned landscape architect Jens Jensen (1922).[79][80]

Martha Kostyra, Stewart's mother, died at the age of 93 on November 16, 2007.[78] Kostyra, also called "Big Martha" by her family, had appeared on Martha Stewart Living numerous times.[78]

Stewart is an avid animal lover. Her pets include champion show Farm Sanctuary.[77]

Stewart reportedly dated billionaire Charles Simonyi, who was an early employee of Microsoft and head of their software group, on-and-off for 15 years. She featured footage of him as a space tourist aboard Soyuz on her television show in 2007. They broke up around February 2008.[73]

In 1961, she married Andrew Stewart, then a law student at Yale University. Their only child, a daughter named Alexis, was born in 1965. The couple separated in 1987 and divorced in 1990.[11][31] Subsequently, Stewart dated Sir Anthony Hopkins, but ended the relationship after she saw The Silence of the Lambs. She stated she was unable to avoid associating Hopkins with the character of Hannibal Lecter.[71][72]

Alexis Stewart (left) and Martha Stewart (right), in September 2008

Personal life

A new television series, Martha Stewart's Cooking School, debuted on PBS in October 2012. Each weekly 30-minute episode covers cooking techniques and basics.[68][69] It is based on her book of the same name.[70]

Stewart made another foray into acting with a debut on the long-running NBC legal drama Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. She played a private school headmaster in the episode entitled "Learning Curve", which aired in April 2012.[67]

New York Magazine reported in 2011 that Martha Stewart Living had only made a profit in one of the previous eight years.[65] Stewart debuted a new 30-minute show, Martha Bakes, on the Hallmark Channel in 2011.[66]

In July 2008, craft items under the names "Martha Stewart Celebrate" and "Martha Stewart Create", two divisions of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, premiered in Wal-Mart stores. The deal came about in part due to the closing of more than 600 K-Mart stores in the U.S. In a move from broadcast television to cable, on January 26, 2010, Hallmark Channel and Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia announced a multi-year strategic partnership. Her hour-long daytime television series, Martha, formerly The Martha Stewart Show, moved to the Hallmark Channel on September 13, 2010. It aired on Hallmark for two seasons, before cancellation in early 2012, with the final episode airing on May 11, 2012.[63][64]

In July 2006, E & J Gallo Winery to produce a wine brand with label "Martha Stewart Vintage" (for sale in six cities, January, at $15). The 15,000 cases to be sold include: 2006 Sonoma County Chardonnay, 2005 Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon and 2006 Sonoma County Merlot (for Atlanta, Boston, Charlotte, North Carolina, Denver, Phoenix, and Portland, Oregon). Martha Stewart also signed a contract with Costco to offer frozen and fresh food (label – Kirkland Signature).[62]

Stewart also made a special appearance on the comedy-drama series Ugly Betty, in the November 16, 2006 episode "Four Thanksgivings and a Funeral", in which she gave her friend Wilhelmina Slater (played by Vanessa Williams) tips on how to prepare a turkey. Justin Suarez (played by Mark Indelicato) is a fan of Stewart.

MSLO launched a line of houses that carry her name to be built by KB Home, initially in Cary, North Carolina, and various other locations nationwide. The first homes, which were inspired by Stewart's homes in New York and Mount Desert Island in Maine, were completed in early 2006. Ultimately 650 homes are planned with prices from low $200,000 to mid-$400,000s. A line of paper-based crafts for EK Success is also in development. In September 2007, she launched an upscale line of homewares for Macy's, which was the largest brand launch in Macy's history. Appearing in commercials for the line, Stewart stated she has designed more than 2,000 items exclusively for Macy's. The line includes bedding, bath, cookware and dinnerware. In addition to television and merchandising, MSLO launched a 24-hour satellite radio channel with Sirius in November 2005, on which Stewart currently hosts a weekly call-in show.

Stewart in 2008

In October 2005, Stewart also released a new book titled The Martha Rules on starting and managing a new business,[60] and a month later her company released Martha Stewart Baking Handbook. In October 2006, Martha Stewart's Homekeeping Handbook, a reference book about looking after a house, was published by Clarkson Potter. She also is a regular contributor of cooking, gardening, and crafts segments on NBC's Today show. Stewart's daily talk show was nominated in six categories for the 33rd Daytime Emmy Awards in 2006, including Best Host and Best Show.

Following her release from prison in March 2005, Stewart launched a highly publicized comeback, and was once again involved in Martha Stewart Living. Offerings of her company's Martha Stewart Everyday line at Kmart were expanded to include a new line of ready-made home furnishings, and its mass market interior paint line became available at the larger Sears stores. However, the most heavily promoted aspect of her comeback was in television. Stewart returned to daytime television with The Martha Stewart Show and appeared in an adapted version of The Apprentice (called The Apprentice: Martha Stewart). Both shows premiered in September 2005, and both were produced by Mark Burnett. Her prime time Apprentice spin-off received poor ratings, which some attribute to popular dislike for the opportunistic tone of the network's massive promotional campaign and to NBC's slotting the show up against the hit drama Lost. The Apprentice: Martha Stewart was not renewed for a second season.

Stewart at the Metropolitan Opera opening in 2008

Current projects

Cedarbaum ordered Stewart to report to her prison sentence before 2:00 p.m. on October 8, 2004.[52] By September 27, 2004, Stewart received the BOP ID 55170-054.[52] At about 6:15 a.m. on October 8, 2004,[54] she reported to FPC Alderson.[55] Stewart said that her prison nickname was "M. Diddy".[56] While in confinement, she took a job and became an informal liaison between the administration and her fellow inmates. The People special, Scandals! That Rocked America, stated "Some expected America's goddess of domestic perfection to fall into terminal despair. Instead, with the drive that would make her a billionaire, Stewart took her lemon of a sentence and made lemonade. Heck, she made a lemon soufflé."[57] Stewart was released from FPC Alderson at 12:30 a.m. on March 4, 2005.[58] She was then placed in a two-year term of supervised release; during five of those months, she was placed in home confinement with electronic monitoring.[54][58] Stewart served her home confinement at her residence in Bedford, New York.[56] She was allowed to leave her house for 48 hours per week for work-related visits.[56] After her home confinement ended, but while her supervised release continued, she was required to remain employed and not to associate with people with criminal records. In addition, during the supervised release, she was required to receive permission from federal officials if she was going to leave the jurisdiction of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York.[59]

Stewart wanted to go to prison in Connecticut or Florida. She did not want to serve at Federal Prison Camp, Alderson in West Virginia, due to its remote location; in 2004, her lawyer said that the remoteness would make it difficult for Stewart's then-90-year-old mother to visit.[51] Judge Miriam Goldman Cedarbaum recommended to the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) that Stewart be given her first choice, Federal Correctional Institution, Danbury, or her second choice, Federal Correctional Complex, Coleman.[52] However, a spokesperson for the U.S. Department of Justice said that the BOP would not send her to FCI Danbury because the news media could too easily access the facility. The bureau could not send Stewart to FCC Coleman because of complications from Hurricane Ivan; the Coleman complex filled because inmates from Federal Correctional Institution, Marianna were moved to Coleman. Therefore, the Federal Bureau of Prisons assigned Stewart to Alderson. The spokesperson said that he was concerned that the assignment to Alderson could be perceived as being vindictive.[51] Stewart's daughter, Alexis, said that she believed that the BOP "may have made a point of sending her far away".[53]

Federal Prison Camp, Alderson, where Stewart was confined

Incarceration

[50] on fashion and leisure industry matters.Royal Academy refused to grant her a visa to enter the United Kingdom because of her criminal conviction for obstructing justice. She had been planning to speak at the UK Border Agency In June 2008, the [49] In August 2006, the SEC announced that it had agreed to settle the related civil case against Stewart. Under the settlement, Stewart agreed to

Bacanovic and Waksal were also convicted of federal charges and sentenced to prison terms.[46][47] Stewart also paid a fine of $30,000.[48]

After a highly publicized six-week jury trial, Stewart was found guilty in March 2004 of felony charges of conspiracy, obstruction of an agency proceeding, and making false statements to federal investigators, and was sentenced in July 2004 to serve a five-month term in a federal correctional facility and a two-year period of supervised release (to include five months of electronic monitoring).[45]

Sentence

On June 4, 2003, Stewart was indicted by the government on nine counts, including charges of securities fraud and obstruction of justice. Stewart voluntarily stepped down as CEO and Chairwoman of MSLO, but stayed on as chief creative officer. She went on trial in January 2004. Prosecutors showed that Bacanovic had ordered his assistant to tell Stewart that the CEO of ImClone, Samuel D. Waksal, was selling all his shares in advance of an adverse Food and Drug Administration ruling. The FDA action was expected to cause ImClone shares to decline.[45]

In the months that followed, Stewart drew heavy media scrutiny, including a Newsweek cover headlined "Martha's Mess".[42] Notably, on June 25, 2002, CBS anchor Jane Clayson grilled Stewart on the air about ImClone during her regular segment on The Early Show. Stewart continued chopping cabbage and famously quipped, "I just want to focus on my salad".[43] On October 3, 2002, Stewart resigned her position, held for four months, on the board of directors of the New York Stock Exchange, following a deal prosecutors had made with Douglas Faneuil, an assistant to Bacanovic.[44]

According to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Stewart avoided a loss of $45,673 by selling all 3,928 shares of her ImClone Systems stock on December 27, 2001, after receiving material, nonpublic information from Peter Bacanovic, who was Stewart's broker at Merrill Lynch. The day following her sale, the stock value fell 16%.[41]

Stock trading case and conviction

On October 19, 1999, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia went public on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol MSO. The initial public offering was set at $18 per share, and rallied to $38 by the end of trading, making Stewart a billionaire on paper and the first female, self-made billionaire in the US.[40] The stock price slowly went down to $16 per share by February 2002. Stewart was then and continues to be the majority shareholder, commanding 96% control of voting power in the company.

In September 1997, with the assistance of business partner Sharon Patrick, Stewart was able to secure funding to purchase the various television, print, and merchandising ventures related to the Martha Stewart brand, and consolidate them into a new company, named catalogue business, called Martha by Mail. The company also has a direct-to-consumer floral business.

Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia

On the cover of the May 1995 issue, New York Magazine declared her "the definitive American woman of our time".

In 1990, Stewart signed with Time Publishing Ventures to develop a new magazine, Martha Stewart Living, for which Stewart would serve as editor-in-chief. The first issue was released in late 1990 with an initial rate base of 250,000. Circulation would peak in 2002 at more than 2 million copies per issue.[38] In 1993, she began a weekly half-hour service program based on her magazine, which was quickly expanded to a full hour, and later to a daily format, with half-hour episodes on weekends. Stewart also became a frequent contributor to CBS's The Early Show, and starred in several prime time holiday specials on the CBS network.[39]

Later career

Following Entertaining's success, Stewart released many more books under the Clarkson Potter publishing imprint, including Martha Stewart's Quick Cook (1983), Martha Stewart's Hors D'oeuvres (1984), Martha Stewart's Pies & Tarts (1985), Weddings (1987), The Wedding Planner (1988), Martha Stewart's Quick Cook Menus (1988), and Martha Stewart's Christmas (1989), among others. During this time, she also authored dozens of newspaper columns, magazine articles and other pieces on homemaking, and made numerous television appearances on programs such as The Oprah Winfrey Show and Larry King Live. Andrew and Martha Stewart separated in 1987 and divorced in 1990.[11][31]

Mirken was impressed by Stewart's talent and later contacted her to develop a cookbook, featuring recipes and photos from the parties that Stewart hosted. The result was her first book, Entertaining (December 13, 1982),[36] ghostwritten by Elizabeth Hawes.[37]

Andrew had become the president of prominent New York City publisher, Harry N. Abrams, Inc.. In 1977, he was responsible for releasing the English-language edition of The Secret Book of Gnomes series, by Dutch authors Wil Huygen and Rien Poortvliet, which quickly became a blockbuster success and was on The New York Times Best Seller list. He contracted Stewart's company to cater the book release party, where Stewart was introduced to Alan Mirken, head of Crown Publishing Group.[35]

Stewart at the 2010 Time 100 Gala

Andrew and Martha Stewart moved to Westport, Connecticut where they purchased and restored the 1805 farmhouse on Turkey Hill Road that would later become the model for the TV studio of Martha Stewart Living.[33] During the project, Stewart's panache for restoring and decorating became apparent. In 1976, Stewart started a catering business in her basement with a friend from her modeling days, Norma Collier. The venture quickly became successful, but soured when Collier alleged that Stewart was difficult to work with, and was also taking catering jobs on the side. Stewart soon bought her portion of the business. Stewart was also hired as the manager of a gourmet food store, the Market Basket, but after a disagreement with the owners at the mini-mall she was forced out and opened her own store.[34]

Career

Stewart graduated from Nutley High School.[28] She originally planned to attend Barnard College with a major in chemistry. She switched to art, European History, and later architectural history. To help pay for her college tuition, she did fashion modeling for Chanel.[29] During this time, she met Andrew Stewart, who finished his law degree at Yale Law School.[30] They married in 1961.[31] She returned to Barnard a year after their marriage to graduate with a double major in History and Architectural History.[29][32]

Stewart's mother taught her how to cook and sew.[24] Later, she learned the processes of canning and preserving when she visited her grandparents' home in Buffalo, New York.[25] Her father had a passion for gardening and passed on much of his knowledge and expertise to his daughter.[26] Stewart was also active in many extracurricular activities, such as the school newspaper and the Art Club.[27]

[23].Chanel Her clients included [22] During her college years, she supplemented her scholarship money through "modeling jobs at $50/hour — which was a lot of money at that time".[21] cigarette advertisements."Smokers would rather fight than switch!"'s Tareyton She went on to appear in television commercials and in magazines, including one of [20].Unilever She also began modeling. At 15, Stewart was featured in a television commercial for [19]

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