Stewart, Martha

Stewart, Martha,

1941–, American entrepeneur and tastemaker, b. Jersey City, N.J., as Martha Helen Kostyra, grad. Barnard College (1963). Moving to Westport, Conn., she started (1976) a successful catering business. Her best-selling first book, Entertaining (1982, with E. Hawes), has been followed by some 40 other stylish how-to volumes, and in 1990 she launched Martha Stewart Living magazine, which was followed by other specialty publications. She also entered syndication with a popular newspaper column and a television show (1993), becoming an ubiquitous popular instructor in matters of style, cooking, home decor, gardening, and other aspects of the good life. Stewart also put her imprint on a wide-ranging line of tastefully designed household merchandise. Her publicly traded Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Inc., made her one of America's wealthiest women, but her success was marred by her conviction (2004) for conspiracy and obstruction relating to insider trading. Forced to resign from MSLO, she served several months in prison and under house arrest, but resumed her media career after her release.

Bibliography

See biography by L. Allen (2006); C. M. Byron, Martha Inc. (2002); B. Adler, ed., The World According to Martha (2006).

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Tak Fujimoto's cinematography brings pizazz to the film, and there are a number of amusing cameos, including Jon Stewart, Martha Stewart, Regis Philbin, Kelly Ripa, Tom Arnold and George Takei of "Star Trek" fame, who becomes something of a running joke.
With: Ricky Jay, Debra Monk, Griffin Dunne, Adam Scott, Patrick Fischler, Wallace Langham, Steve Zahn, Tom Hanks, Regis Philbin, Kelly Ripa, Jon Stewart, Martha Stewart, David Blaine, Tom Arnold, George Takai.
CHENAULT, AMERICAN EXPRESS "The Challenge of Rebuilding" (working title) -- TINA BROWN, TALK MAGAZINE "Master of the Craft" session -- "MANAGING THE NEW REALITIES" Panel: STEVE SHEPARD, BusinessWeek (moderator); STEVE FLORIO, Conde Nast; JACK KLIGER, Hachette Filipacchi; TOM ROGERS, Primedia; MARTHA STEWART, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia.
Produced by Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia (NYSE:MSO), and created and hosted by Martha Stewart, Martha Stewart Living covers all topics related to the home including cooking, gardening, collecting, restoring, organizing and much more.
12:30 pm, Keynote address, Martha Stewart, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia