Born in Jersey City, New Jersey August 3, 1941, Martha Helen Kostyra later changed her name to Martha Stewart. After graduating from Barnard College in New York, Stewart pursued a modeling career. After modeling she pursued a career as a stock broker and later began a successful catering business. While pursuing here catering business she began writing articles on catering and gardening. In the late 1980's Martha Stewart starting making appearances on the Today Show. In 1999, Martha Stewart founded the publicly traded company Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia.
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