Martha Helen Stewart is an American Retail Businesswoman, Writer and Television Personality. She was born on 3rd August, 1941. She founded Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia and became successful in a number of businesses, including publishing, broadcasting, merchandising and e-commerce. Stewart is the author of multiple best-selling books, the publisher of the Martha Stewart Living Magazine, and the hosted two syndicated television shows: Martha (which aired from 2005 to 2012) and Martha Stewart Living (which aired from 1993 to 2004).
Stewart was found guilty of felonies in connection with the ImClone stock trading case in 2004; she spent five months in federal prison before being freed in March 2005. There were rumors that the incident would essentially bring her media empire to an end, but Stewart launched a rebound effort in 2005, and her business achieved profitability in 2006.
Martha Stewart: Profile Summary
Full Name: Martha Helen Stewart (Polish: Kostyra)
Date of Birth: August 3, 1941
Age: 81 years
Birth Place: Jersey City, New Jersey, U.S
Alma mater: Barnard College
Profession: Businesswoman, Writer, Television Personality
Height(feet): 5 feet 10 inches
Weight(pounds): 150lbs in pounds
Father’s Name: Edward Kostyra
Mother’s Name: Martha Kostyra (Polish: Ruszkowski)
Spouse(s): Andrew Stewart (m. 1961; div. 1990)
Children: Alexis Stewart
Relatives: Jimmy Kimmel (cousin)
Net Worth: $400 million
Martha Stewart’s Early Life
On August 3, 1941, Martha Stewart was born in Jersey City, New Jersey. She was born to Polish-born parents Edward Kostyra (1912-1979) and Martha (Ruszkowski; 1914-2007). Both of her parents were teachers. Her father later changed careers to become a Pharmaceutical Salesman. The family relocated to Nutley, New Jersey, when Stewart was three years old. She chose the name “Grace” as her confirmation name in the Catholic faith.
When Stewart was 10 years old, she was a babysitter occasionally and became a model. Stewart appeared in a Unilever television commercial when she was 15 years old. She later made appearances in magazine and television commercials, including one for Tareyton’s “Smokers would rather fight than switch!” cigarette advertisements. In the course of her college years, she supplemented her scholarship money throughout her undergraduate years by working “modeling jobs at $50/hour- which was a lot of money at the time.” Chanel was one of her clients.
Stewart learned how to cook and sew from her mother. Later, when she went to her grandparent’s house in Buffalo, New York, she learnt how to can and preserve food. Her father loved gardening and shared a lot of his wisdom and expertise with his daughter. Stewart participated in a variety of extracurricular pursuits as well, including the school newspaper and the Art Club.
Martha Stewart’s Education
Stewart obtained a diploma from Nutley high school. She enrolled at Barnard College of Columbia University with the intention of majoring in Chemistry, but she later changed her mind and chose to study art, history and architectural history instead and modeled for Chanel as part of her College tuition assistance program. She met Andrew Stewart at this time, who had just finished his law degree at Yale Law School. They tied the knot in July 1961. A year after their wedding, she went back to Barnard to complete a double degree in architectural and history.