Martha Stewart

TV host, Model, Catering
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 ... Read more »
Born: 08/02/1941 in Jersey City, New Jersey, USA

Filmography

Actor (55)

3rd Rock From the Sun 1995 - 1996, 1998 - 1999, 2005 - 2010, 2014 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Cosby 1998 - 1999, 2005 - 2010, 2014 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Ellen 1995 - 1999, 2005 - 2010, 2014 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Late Night with Seth Meyers 2014 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Guest

My Friends Call Me Johnny 2005 - 2010, 2014 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Interviewee

Pixels 2015 (Movie)

(Herself)

The Martha Stewart Show 1995 - 1999, 2005 - 2010, 2014 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Host

The Simpsons 2005 - 2010, 2014 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Voice

Hollywood Game Night 2014 (Tv Show)

Guest

Makers 2014 (Tv Show)

Interviewee

The Late Show With David Letterman 2006 - 2009, 2011, 2013 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Guest

I Get That a Lot 2008 - 2013 (TV Show)

Actor

2 Broke Girls 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Early Show 1999 - 2012 (TV Show)

Actor

Martha Stewart's Holiday Open House 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Host

Tricking and Treating with Martha Stewart 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Host

The Marriage Ref 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Great Buck Howard 2009 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

The Jay Leno Show 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Food Network Star 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Top Chef 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Apprentice: Martha Stewart 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Ugly Betty 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

Martha Stewart Living 1993 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

From Martha Stewart's Garden 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

From Martha's Home 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Martha Stewart in the Holiday Spirit 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Martha Stewart's Home For the Holidays 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Men in Black II 2002 (Movie)

As Herself (Actor)

Baking With Julia 1996 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Julia Child's Kitchen Wisdom 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Martha Stewart's Christmas Dream 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Martha Stewart: The Best of Everything 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Miss USA 2001 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The 28th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

From Martha's Kitchen 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

This Morning 1995 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The 18th Annual American Fashion Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The Great American History Quiz 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The 1997 MTV Video Music Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Martha Stewart's Home For the Holidays 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

The 23rd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

At Home With Martha Stewart -- This Christmas 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

The R.A.C.E. 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Holiday Entertaining With Martha Stewart 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Surf Party 1963 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Bob Hope Show (03/09/52) 1951 - 1952 (TV Show)

Actor
Producer (1)

Tricking and Treating with Martha Stewart 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Biography

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.

Relationships

Martha Kostyra Actor

Mother
Died Nobermber 16, 2007

Eddie Kostyra

Father

Charles Simonyi

Companion
Confirmed they were dating when Stewart flew to Kazakhstan in April 2007 to watch the software mogul become the world's fifth space tourist

Alexis Stewart Actor

Daughter
Born Sept. 27, 1965 in New York, NY Appeared together on "The Apprentice: Martha Stewart" (NBC)

Andrew Stewart

Husband
Married when she was a college sophomore at Barnard College in New York divorced

EDUCATION

Barnard College

New York , New York
Won a scholarship to New York University, but turned it down to work her way through the more prestigious Barnard College

Milestones

2010

Signed a deal to move her daily program "The Martha Stewart Show" to the Hallmark Channel (September)

2008

Bought the rights to the Emeril Lagasse franchise of cookbooks, television shows and kitchen products for $50 million

2006

Guest starred on "Ugly Betty" (ABC), where she gave her friend Wilhelmina Slater (Vanessa Williams) tips on how to prepare a turkey

2005

Launched a 24-hour satellite radio network with Sirius, on which Stewart hosts a weekly call-in show

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

Hosted "The Apprentice: Martha Stewart" (NBC), a reality series co-produced with Mark Burnett; a spin-off of the successful Donald Trump series

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

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

1990

Started her own magazine Martha Stewart’s Living, which attained a circulation of 1.3 million

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

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

1982

Published her first book Entertaining; book sold over 500,000 copies

1976

Formed the catering company "Uncatered Affair" with friend Norma Collier; catered parties and taught cooking classes

1972

Settled in Connecticut with family

Began modeling in order to pay for school; appeared in various television and print ads

Became a food editor and columnist for House Beautiful magazine

Began appearing on television, first with Willard Scott on the "Today" show (NBC)

Raised in Nutley, NJ

Worked on Wall Street as a stockbroker after graduating college; left around 1972 due to the recession

Bonus Trivia

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Stewart was counted among "America's 25 Most Influential People" by Time Magazine in June 1996.

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She was named one of the "50 Most Powerful Women" twice by Fortune Magazine (October 1998 and October 1999).

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In October 2000, she was named No. 274 on Forbes magazine's annual "Forbes 400" list.

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In October 2000, Vanity Fair magazine selected Martha Stewart as No. 42 in its annual New Establishment list of the top 50 leaders of the Information Age.

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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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"This whole thing has transformed her," said Kevin Sharkey, the decorating editor of Martha Stewart Living and a close friend. "What impressed me the most was Martha's optimism, just blind optimism. I used to think the key to her success was that she didn't get tired, but now I think it's the optimism, even on the darkest days. She has been through a lot and spun it into gold, or silver, at least for now." – from Vanity Fair, August 2005

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"You have to watch the clock constantly because you're only allowed out of your home for a limited period, and for a busy person, watching the clock – and knowing other people are watching the clock – is extremely difficult." – Stewart, on why home confinement was worse than prison to People, Sept. 13, 2005

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Her daughter Alexis wrote some harsh claims about Stewart in the book Whateverland: Learning to Live Here, co-authored with Jennifer Koppelman Hutt. An excerpt from the book was published by U.K.'s Daily Mail in October 2011: "Martha does everything better! You can't win. If I didn't do something perfectly, I had to do it again...I grew up with a glue gun pointed at my head."

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