Birth Name: Martha Stewart
Birth Place: Jersey City, New Jersey, USA
Born Martha Kostyra on Aug. 3, 1941 in Jersey City, NJ, Stewart was raised in a typical Polish-Catholic middle class home by her father, Eddie, a pharmaceutical salesman, and her mother, Martha, a sixth-grade school teacher. She later credited her father as the one who taught her all she knew about carpentry, gardening and public speaking, even if it came with the threat of a beating. While still in grade school, Stewart embarked on her catering career by organizing birthday parties for neighborhood children, while later at Nultey High School, she prepared a large breakfast for the football team. Always an excellent student, Stewart won a scholarship to New York University, but turned it dow...
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