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Martha Stewart is a renowned television personality, businesswoman, and cookbook author, but there are plenty of surprising things you probably don't know about her.
In college, she modeled to pay her tuition, and her clients ranged from Unilever to Chanel.
She spent time in prison after being convicted for four felony charges and has since shared stories about her experience.
Because Martha Stewart has been in the limelight for so long, a lot of people think they know everything about her.
But she is the queen of reinvention, and has lived so many different lives that it's impossible to keep up.
Here are 18 lesser-known facts you might not know about the savvy businesswoman.
She was born Martha Kostyra.
She married Andrew Stewart, a Yale Law School student, in 1961, before graduating from college.
They divorced in 1990. "I had to sacrifice a marriage because of the lure of the great job, the fabulous workplace," Stewart told CNN in 2017. "But, I don't regret it at all, because what I've done is something bigger and better than just one marriage."
She's the second of six children.
All four of her grandparents were immigrants from Poland.
She started working as a model at age 13 and continued throughout college to pay for tuition.
She babysat for a few legendary baseball players.
When Stewart was in high school, she babysat the children of Mickey Mantle and Yogi Berra.
She earned a bachelor's degree from Barnard College in art, European history, and architectural history.
Originally, Stewart studied chemistry in college but later switched.
Stewart has spoken about how her education gave her a leg up in becoming a household name.
"Having a formal education was extremely important when I was starting out," she said. "Even if one had no specific career path, a college degree and even a graduate degree in law, architecture, or business were acknowledged advantages."
She worked as a stockbroker for a boutique firm.
She worked on Wall Street until 1972.
"It was not until I left Wall Street that I discovered my true entrepreneurial bent. I loved ideas. I loved building. I loved creating," Stewart wrote in a post on her website. "I loved making things that would enhance everyday living. And I loved making money as a result."
Julia Child got her into cooking.
Martha Stewart told Maclean's, "The original teacher for me was Julia Child. I got to meet her several times and work with her. She got me interested in haute cuisine. I cooked every single recipe in her two big volumes of 'Mastering the Art of French Cooking.'"
She dated Sir Anthony Hopkins for a while, but broke up with him because she couldn't stop thinking of him as Hannibal Lecter.
She confirmed this to NPR in 2012, adding, "I went out to dinner with him and then I went back and I saw his piano. He plays a piano and he has a lovely house. And I wanted to invite him to my house in Maine. I have this big old house in Maine. And I kept thinking, I don't know if I can do that."
She has worked in almost every kind of media.
She's had a hand in television, magazines, books, radio, digital content, mass-market homeware production, food wares, real estate, and more.
She was America's first self-made female billionaire.
On the day her company, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, launched its initial public offering in 2000, the stock tripled in value before closing, and Martha Stewart not only became an instant billionaire but America's first self-made female billionaire.
At one point, she owned eight houses.
At the time, she had two Manhattan apartments, her Turkey Hill home in Westport, Connecticut, two houses in the Hamptons, a 153-acre farm in Bedford, New York, and the famous Maine estate, Skylands.
She was convicted of three felony charges in 2004.
In 2004, she spent five months in a minimum-security prison for lying about a stock sale. This was followed by five months of home confinement.
She once said she only sleeps four hours a night.
Stewart likes to stay up at night watching late-night TV programs, then still likes to get up early.
In addition, her work ethic keeps her going through all hours of the day. She told WebMD in 2008, "It's an exhausting lifestyle, and I always say sleep can go. It's not important to me right now."
She has several interesting eating habits, such as drinking buttermilk straight from the carton.
A few of Stewart's guilty pleasures include eating a slice of American cheese, pickled herring, and liverwurst.
Her favorite thing to cook is breakfast.
"I am a creative breakfast cook," she told the Food Network in 2018. "I have my own chickens and my own eggs. As a result, I try to use them in different creative ways – mostly on Sunday mornings when I invite my horseback-riding friends over for breakfast."
She was named one of "America's Top 25 Most Influential People" and one of the "50 Most Beautiful People in the World" in the same year.
By this time, she had released her first book and had her own TV show, "Martha Stewart Living."
Martha Stewart and Snoop Dogg have been friends for over a decade.
Stewart and Snoop Dogg met when he appeared on "The Martha Stewart Show" in 2008. Though the show ended its seven-year run in 2012, the pair remained connected over the years and even started their own cooking show, "Martha & Snoop's Potluck Dinner Party."
"I like his laid-back energy," Stewart said on the Today show in 2019. "I like his outspokenness. I like his sense of timing."
She loves Instagram.
"I'm a visual person and I like posting pictures," she told the Food Network.
Stewart, 79, recently gained attention online for a sultry selfie she posted to her Instagram page that some labeled as a "thirst trap."
"I took a pool selfie photo by mistake," she told People Magazine. "I was trying to take a picture of the beautiful turquoise planter at the end of the pool, but the camera was on me, so I just snapped it. It looked so good, so I posted it."
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