Biography Of Martha Stewart
Martha Helen Stewart was born on August 3, 1941 in Jersey City, New Jersey to Polish-American parents. From her youth, her parents instilled in her a strong passion for domestic skills. Martha was remarkably versatile and whilst still in school started a career in modeling. She joined Barnard College in New York City where she majored in history and architectural history.
While still at college, she married Andrew Stewart in 1961 when the two were working for a law degree at the Yale Law School. The marriage ended in divorce in 1989. Martha never remarried. In 1965, she gave birth to her only child, their daughter, Alexis Stewart.
In 1967, she went into stock broking in which she had a very successful career till 1973 when she left to focus more attention on her daughter. Stewart and her husband moved to an old 1805 farmhouse in Westport, Connecticut which they bought. Martha oversaw the restoration in which she displayed her remarkable skills.
In 1976, along with a friend, Martha started a home catering business which became extremely successful. At about the same time, she launched her first cookbook Entertaining, which became a New York Times bestseller. This book was followed by a number of others in quick succession, all equally successful. Martha's fame had preceded her and by now she was authoring several newspaper columns and magazine articles on domestic skills. She was the guest on several well known TV talk shows and editor-in-chief of an extremely successful magazine. Simultaneously she diversified into numerous other business ventures which flourished with her extraordinary acumen. New York Magazine, in 1995, declared her the ‘definitive American woman of our time’.
Under ‘The Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia’ banner she consolidated her various enterprises such as television, print, and merchandising. The company went public in late 1999 making her a billionaire overnight.
In 2001, she was accused by the US Securities and Exchange Commission of financial malpractices in stock sale. As a result she was indicted and from September 2004 commenced a five-month prison sentence.
Since her release she has concentrated on reviving her company. With her business insight, she has been very successful.
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