Martha Stewart was born in Jersey City, New Jersey, on August 3, 1941. She is the second of six children born to parents Edward Kostyra and Martha Ruszkowski KostYra. At 15, Stewart was featured in a television commercial for Unilever. She attended Barnard College of Columbia University.
About Martha Stewart in brief
Martha Stewart was born in Jersey City, New Jersey, on August 3, 1941. She is the second of six children born to parents Edward Kostyra and Martha Ruszkowski KostYra. At 15, Stewart was featured in a television commercial for Unilever. She attended Barnard College of Columbia University, originally planning to major in chemistry, but switching to art, history, and later architectural history. In 1976, Stewart started a catering business in her basement with a friend from her modeling days, Norma Collier. The venture quickly became successful but soured when Collier alleged that Stewart was difficult to work with, and was also taking catering jobs on the side. In 1977, Stewart released The Secret Book of Gnomes, which quickly became a blockbuster success and was on The New York Times Best Seller list. She hosted two syndicated television programs: Martha Stewart Living, which ran from 1993 to 2004, and Martha, which running from 2005 to 2012. In 2004, she was convicted of charges related to the ImClone stock trading case; she served five months in federal prison and was released in March 2005. In 2005 Stewart began a comeback campaign and her company returned to profitability in 2006. Stewart rejoined the board of directors of Martha Stewart living Omnimedia in 2011 and became chairwoman of her namesake company again in 2012. The company was acquired by Sequential Brands in 2015. She has written numerous bestselling books, is the publisher of MarthaStewart Living magazine, and hosted several reality TV shows.
Stewart’s first book, Entertaining Entertaining, was written by Elizabeth Hawes and published by Crown Publishing Group. She also hosted many more books under the Martha Stewart publishing imprint, including Martha Stewart’s Cookbook, Quick Cooks and Entertaining Cooks. Stewart is of entirely Polish heritage and is married to Andrew Stewart, who finished his law degree at Yale Law School. In 1967, Stewart and Andrew Stewart moved to Westport, Connecticut, where they purchased and restored the 1805 farmhouse on Turkey Hill Road that would later become the model for the TV studio of Martha steward Living. The couple later moved to New York City, where Andrew Stewart founded a publishing house and served as chief executive of several others. In 1998, the couple moved to Brooklyn, New York, where Stewart became the president of a publishing company, Stewart Stewart Publishing. In 2000, Stewart launched a cookbook imprint, Martha Stewart Cooks, featuring recipes and photos from the cookbook series Quick Cookess and cookbooks by celebrity chefs such as James Beard and Nigella Lawson. The first Martha Stewart cookbook was a success and became a best-seller in the U.S. and in Europe. In 2007, Stewart published her second cookbook, The Entertainer’s Cooks Cookbook. In 2008, she published her third cook book, The Entire Cookbook and Cookbook Cooks by Martha Stewart, featuring photos and recipes from the Cookbook series by celebrity chef James Beard.