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Martha Stewart Biography

Birth Name:
Martha Helen Kostyra
Birth Place:
Jersey City, New Jersey, United States
TV host, producer, author

Fast Facts

  • Learned gardening from her father and cooking from her mother at an early age
  • Was a model in the late 1950s and early '60s, appearing in ads for Tareyton cigarettes and Lifebuoy soap
  • Named one of Glamour magazine's Best Dressed College Girls of 1961
  • Became one of the first female stockbrokers on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange in the late 1960s
  • Was convicted of four counts of obstruction of justice in a case related to insider trading in February 2004, and ended up serving five months at a minimum-security jail and another five months of house arrest in New York
  • Named one of Time magazine's 100 Most Influential People in 2005
  • Is an avid animal lover who owns a number of dogs, cats, canaries, donkeys, horses and chickens


  • 2017Emmy-Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program: nominated


  • Eric Scott -- Brother
  • Frank Kostyra -- Brother
  • George Christiansen -- Brother
  • Alexis Gilbert Stewart -- Daughter
  • Andy Stewart -- Ex-husband
  • Edward Kostyra -- Father
  • Martha Kostyra -- Mother
  • Kathy Kostyra Evans -- Sister
  • Laura Kostyra Plimpton -- Sister