Born August 3rd, 1941, Martha Stewart came by many of her skills as a domestic goddess honestly, as her mother taught the young Martha Kostyra how to cook and her father shared his skills as an avid gardener. As a young adult, Martha maintained a successful modeling career, while renovating a few different family homes with her husband, Andy Stewart. Her growing interest in homemaking led her to write a book that, after being published in 1982, made her one of the most sought-after authorities on the subject. Cookbooks, magazines, and television appearances followed. She built a successful empire, but ended up serving five months in jail for an obstruction of justice charge stemming from questionable business practices. She returned to television with The Martha Stewart Show, and a failed attempt to rework The Apprentice with her in the Donald Trump role.
Biography by Perry Seibert
- Learned gardening from her father and cooking from her mother at an early age.
- Was a model in the late 1950s and early '60s, appearing in ads for Tareyton cigarettes and Lifebuoy soap.
- Named one of Glamour magazine's Best Dressed College Girls of 1961.
- Became one of the first female stockbrokers on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange in the late 1960s.
- Was convicted of four counts of obstruction of justice in a case related to insider trading in February 2004, and ended up serving five months at a minimum-security jail and another five months of house arrest in New York.
- Named one of Time magazine's 100 Most Influential People in 2005.
- Is an avid animal lover who owns a number of dogs, cats, canaries, donkeys, horses and chickens.