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Martha Stewart Biography (born Martha Helen Kostyra): Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia Founder
Famous for : Being imprisoned for insider trading, her "Martha Stewart Living" lifestyle program, and her business skills.
Stewart details : Born - 3rd of August, 1941 Jersey City, New Jersey, USA / Lives United States of America

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Martha Stewart became an international television and magazine celebrity through her show "Martha Stewart Living" and her magazine by the same name. She is best known for her recipes, decorating, and entertainment ideas for the home and also created her own line of linens, craft supplies, and decorations. Although she was sent to prison in 2002 for stock fraud, she continues to flourish in both her media and product industries.

Martha Stewart was born on August 3, 1941 in Jersey City, New Jersey to Edward Kostyra and Martha Ruszkowski. As one of six children in a very strict household, Stewart learned how to cook, sew, and garden out of necessity in order to help the family survive on their modest income. When she was older, Stewart began modeling which helped her earn money in high school and eventually in college. Although she was offered a full scholarship to New York University, Stewart chose, instead, to attend Barnard College in order to study art history. While she was there she met a young Yale law student by the name of Andrew Stewart whom she married in 1961.

Stewart continued modeling after her graduation while her husband furthered his career in law. After the birth of their daughter in 1965, Stewart left the modeling world and looked for a career on Wall Street. Although she had no formal training in stocks or trading, Stewart managed to get hired by the stockbrokerage firm Monness, Williams, and Sidel. Stewart's drive, energy, and innate business sense earned her respect and a good salary from the firm. Although she enjoyed the excitement of Wall Street for a number of years, the economic troubles of 1973 made Stewart reconsider her career and she left her place as stockbroker.

At the time of her career change, Martha Stewart and her family had already moved to Connecticut to a small farmhouse on Turkey Hill Road. While contemplating a new career, Stewart channeled her energy into renovating, decorating and rebuilding the old farmhouse. It was during this time that Stewart also began teaching cooking classes and catering. Through word of mouth and hard work, Stewart's catering business began to grow and she soon developed a strong reputation throughout the community.

By 1975 Stewart had established a following and, along with her partner Norma Collier, created the catering business called Uncatered Affair. Although Collier and Stewart did not always agree (supposedly because of Stewart's overbearing work habits and obsessive control), they managed to grow the business until they parted ways only a few years later.

Martha Stewart continued to cater, however, and established her own business under the name Martha Stewart Inc. through which she catered for wealthy and celebrity clients. At the same time she was also working at the Market Basket, a small gourmet food court. While she helped grow Market Basket into a very successful store, she also began making a name for her own small company well beyond the confines of her small community. As an energetic self-promoter, Stewart solicited attention from newspapers by writing articles on gardening, cooking, and decorating. Some of these articles were featured in national newspapers such as House Beautiful and Good Housekeeping.

The national attention for her work earned her a book deal from Crown Publishing. Working with the freelance writer Elizabeth Hawes, Stewart was able to put together a combination decorating-guide and cookbook that featured Stewart's home. It was published in 1982 and quickly became a best-seller. With the success of the book, Stewart went on book tours and arranged speaking appearances all over the world.

Her past in modeling along with her confidence and business sense gave her even greater media appeal. With the success of her fist book, Stewart published additional titles around the same concepts of decorating, entertaining, gardening, and cooking. She started her television career in 1986 when she hosted the public television special "Holiday Entertaining with Martha Stewart" during which she cooked an entire Thanksgiving meal for her family.

The show inspired Stewart and she began looking to television to further her career. In 1987, one year after the television appearance, Stewart signed a deal with Kmart to become a lifestyle consultant for the company by helping to develop and promote an exclusive line of home products and décor. Through her name and brand marketing, Stewart seized the opportunity to brand herself and her ideas through multiple channels. She convinced Time Warner to publish a magazine with her name called "Martha Stewart Living", followed by internet and television shows.

It was during this same time that Martha Stewart's marriage broke down and she and her husband divorced in 1989.

Despite the problems in her personal life, Stewart's business flourished and she grew it to include products and other media channels through her company Martha Stewart Inc. Throughout the 1990s Stewart continued to publish books and magazines, and appear not only on her personal television programs but also on other national television and radio shows.

In 2002 Stewart came under scrutiny for questionable stock management of some of her investments. After a series of hearings and testimonies, Stewart was found guilty and sent to prison for securities fraud in 2004. She spent five months in jail and five months on house arrest. Although her company, show, and publishing deals suffered, Stewart was determined to rebound with renewed force.

After her release, Martha Stewart began rebuilding parts of her company and continued to work in and out of the media spotlight to rebuild her name and her business.

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