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Also Known As: Martha Kostyra Died:
Born: August 3, 1941 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Jersey City, New Jersey, USA Profession: TV host, model, catering, stockbroker

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Hailed as the guru of good taste and queen of domesticity, entrepreneur and television personality Martha Stewart used her near-obsessive drive to turn her life-long skills in catering, gardening and home decoration into a multi-million dollar industry. Having learned all she knew from her parents and her grandparents, Stewart left a successful career as a stock broker to enter into a catering business with a friend, only to have her unflinching will to control the business drive the two apart. Once on her own, however, Stewart was free to run things as she saw fit, resulting in attention from top newspapers and magazines. She parlayed her financial success with her catering business into a powerful media empire, starting with publishing her first book, Entertaining (1982), while making appearances on popular morning shows. Stewart soon launched her own magazine, Martha Stewart Living in 1990, while launching her television show of the same name just three years later. Stewart was catapulted into a national celebrity who earned her share of praise and criticism; the latter largely stemming from her hard-driving business tactics. But at the height of her popularity, Stewart was brought back down to...

Hailed as the guru of good taste and queen of domesticity, entrepreneur and television personality Martha Stewart used her near-obsessive drive to turn her life-long skills in catering, gardening and home decoration into a multi-million dollar industry. Having learned all she knew from her parents and her grandparents, Stewart left a successful career as a stock broker to enter into a catering business with a friend, only to have her unflinching will to control the business drive the two apart. Once on her own, however, Stewart was free to run things as she saw fit, resulting in attention from top newspapers and magazines. She parlayed her financial success with her catering business into a powerful media empire, starting with publishing her first book, Entertaining (1982), while making appearances on popular morning shows. Stewart soon launched her own magazine, Martha Stewart Living in 1990, while launching her television show of the same name just three years later. Stewart was catapulted into a national celebrity who earned her share of praise and criticism; the latter largely stemming from her hard-driving business tactics. But at the height of her popularity, Stewart was brought back down to Earth when she was convicted in 2004 for obstruction of justice after being cleared of insider trading following her timely sale of ImClone Systems stock. Her conviction and five-month prison sentence served as fodder for the news and gossip shows, which covered her ordeal with the same obsessive zeal as she had building her empire. After being released in 2005, Stewart resumed her varied activities without a hitch, launching new business ventures, a Sirius satellite channel and several television specials, while moving her daily show to the Hallmark Channel, proving that even prison failed to stop the Martha Stewart juggernaut.

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Raised in Nutley, NJ
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Began modeling in order to pay for school; appeared in various television and print ads
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Worked on Wall Street as a stockbroker after graduating college; left around 1972 due to the recession
1972:
Settled in Connecticut with family
1976:
Formed the catering company "Uncatered Affair" with friend Norma Collier; catered parties and taught cooking classes
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Became a food editor and columnist for <i>House Beautiful</i> magazine
1982:
Published her first book <i>Entertaining</i>; book sold over 500,000 copies
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Began appearing on television, first with Willard Scott on the "Today" show (NBC)
1986:
Began airing "Holiday Entertaining With Martha Stewart" (PBS), a TV special in which she offered advice on food preparation, home decorations and seating arrangements
1987:
Signed a deal with Kmart to be their lifestyle consultant, through which she was able to promote her line of bed and bath products
1990:
Started her own magazine <i>Martha Stewart¿s Living</i>, which attained a circulation of 1.3 million
1993:
Started her own weekly syndicated series "Martha Stewart Living"; expanded to a daily half-hour show in 1997, then to an hour-long format in 1999; has received several Emmy Award nominations since its debut
2003:
The Securities and Exchange Commission filed charges against Stewart when she allegedly dumped stock in the biopharmaceutical company ImClone Systems, after an unlawful tip from broker Peter Bacanovic; the insider trading charges were later dismissed, but she faced charges of obstructing justice and lying to investigators; convicted on all four counts and sentenced to five months in a minimum security prison and five months of house arrest
2005:
Hosted "The Apprentice: Martha Stewart" (NBC), a reality series co-produced with Mark Burnett; a spin-off of the successful Donald Trump series
2005:
Hosted "Martha," a syndicated spin-off of "Martha Stewart Living," where she gave her home decoration and catering advice to a live audience; also featured celebrity guests and lifestyle experts
2005:
Launched a 24-hour satellite radio network with Sirius, on which Stewart hosts a weekly call-in show
2006:
Guest starred on "Ugly Betty" (ABC), where she gave her friend Wilhelmina Slater (Vanessa Williams) tips on how to prepare a turkey
2008:
Bought the rights to the Emeril Lagasse franchise of cookbooks, television shows and kitchen products for $50 million
2010:
Signed a deal to move her daily program "The Martha Stewart Show" to the Hallmark Channel (September)
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Education

Barnard College: New York , New York -

Notes

Martha has been counted among "America's 25 Most Influential People" in Time Magazine (June 1996)

Martha Stewart has been named one of the "50 Most Powerful Women" twice by Fortune Magazine (October 1998 and October 1999)

In October 2000, she was named number 274 on Forbes magazine's annual "Forbes 400" list.

In October 2000, Vanity Fair magazine selected Martha Stewart as number 42 in its annual New Establishment list of the top 50 leaders of the Information Age.

On July 16, 2004, Martha Stewart was sentenced to five months in prison and five months of house arrest for obstructing justice and lying to investigators.

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husband:
Andrew Stewart. Married when she was a college sophomore; divorced.

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daughter:
Alexis Stewart.

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"Entertaining" Crown

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