Did you know she likes to take a bath before and after sex?
There's absolutely no denying that Martha Stewart is not only a household name, but also a living icon. Born to a Polish family in Jersey City, New Jersey, Stewart grew up as the second of six children. Throughout her young adulthood, she learned cooking and sewing from her mother, and also acquired her father's passion for gardening. After beginning a successful catering company in Connecticut in the early '70s, Stewart's introduction to a publishing agent led to the release of her first cookbook, Entertaining. Thus began the rise of the Martha Stewart Living empire. After nearly two decades of producing a dazzling display of cookbooks, home decor, and a TV show, the company was valued at one billion dollars in 1999. Despite several setbacks, including a short stint in prison, Stewart has maintained steady star-power for over 30 years. From pet Frenchies to champion-title holding Chow Chows to finding a friend in Snoop, she's never been afraid of keeping a lot of dogs in her life at once. And after serving a plethora of different roles throughout her lifetime, including model, actress, chef, author, prison inmate, student, and stockbroker, it's safe to say that Stewart has really and truly done it all. In honor of her upcoming birthday, CR rounds up some little known facts about the queen of homemaking and sweet cabbage pierogis.