Born in 1941, in New Jersey, Martha Stewart turned her start-up
catering business into a publishing, television, online and
retail empire. She combined homemaking with business savvy
and connected women everywhere with the finer things in life.
Stewart began modeling at 13 and later attended Barnard College
in Manhattan where she studied European and architectural
history. She married a stockbroker named Andy Stewart in 1962
and continued to model until she started her family six years
Stewart worked as a stockbroker on Wall Street in the 1960's
while her husband pursued a career in publishing. In the early
70's, Stewart and her husband restored a 19th century Connecticut
farmhouse which would later serve as the backdrop for her
television program Martha Stewart Living. Stewart taught herself
gourmet cooking from Julia Child's best-selling cookbook Mastering
the Art of French Cooking. She started a catering business
from home and turned it into a million dollar company within
Stewart wrote her first book, Entertaining, in 1982. The
book became a best-seller and was known for its beautiful
art directed illustration. Stewart then published books about
weddings, pies, hors d'oeuvres, and gardening, all with the
same signature art-like illustration and design. Stewart had
given homemaking a fashionable modern update.
While her career was taking off, she endured a very bitter
three-year separation from her husband that was followed by
a divorce. Her critics claimed that she set the bar too high
and lived out of touch with what everyday women faced. Through
it all, Stewart remained poised with a charm and a smile that
her fans would come to know and love her for.
In 1990, Stewart launched Martha Stewart Living Magazine.
The success of the magazine landed her appearances on television
programs and a series of holiday specials. While her food,
crafts and gardening projects were sometimes complex and sophisticated,
her delivery was soft and methodic. Her slow and patient style
connected with her audience.
In 1993, her television show Martha Stewart Living started
as a weekly half-hour program and then grew to running an
hour each weekday. Her identity had become a brand that stood
for top quality and sophistication. In 1997, Stewart consolidated
all of her business interests into Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia
which enjoyed a very successful public opening on the stock
market in 1999.
In 2002, Stewart joined the Board of Directors of the New
York Stock Exchange. Later she resigned that position when
she faced charges of insider trading. After months of investigating
and legal woes, Stewart was found guilty of misleading federal
investigators and obstructing an investigation. Her company's
stock and the sales of her magazine plummeted. Her television
show was cancelled. Stewart paid a $30,000 fine and served
a five month sentence in minimum security prison and through
electronic monitoring in her home.
Although highly publicized, Stewart endured her fall from
grace by staying true to what made her a famous woman. She
remained poised, and never stopped working. Within months
of her "release" from home arrest, she launched
two television programs, published books, and within one year,
her company was turning a profit again. She has shown that
when a woman puts her mind to it, she can accomplish anything.
There is a secret you don't
Besides the factual Martha Stewart biography presented above
there is a little secret no one has learned of until now.
And that secret is that Martha has recently spent time training
in the Himalayan Mountains to thwart zombies using icy stares
and attack redneck ninja fembots using just her toe knuckle