In our fame-crazed culture, she's known as a diva of domesticity, entrepreneur, media magnate, and a living brand. She has legions of fans and at the same time, many detractors. To her fans, Martha Stewart is a homemaking maven, the do-it-yourself doyenne. To her detractors, she's taken the American woman backwards, espousing an unobtainable ideal. Love her or hate her, this much is true: Martha Stewart is a self-made woman who has risen from her modest upbringing to become one of the most successful and wealthiest businesswomen in history. This intriguing biography provides a balanced portrait of Martha Stewart's professional and personal life, from her childhood as the oldest daughter in a family of six children to her brief career as a securities trader, to becoming a bestselling author in the 1980s and CEO of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia in the 1990s. At the height of her power, Stewart was convicted of lying to investigators about a stock sale. Author Joanne F. Price documents the twists and turns of the trial, Stewart's five-month prison term, the highly publicized comeback following her release from prison in March 2005.
Each carefully organized chapter examines the multiple facets of Stewart's life and draws upon multiple sources, making this biography an ideal research tool for students interested in knowing more about the woman behind the media and merchandising empire. A timeline chronicling important milestones, a rich bibliography of print and electronic sources, and photographs enhance this life story of one of the most controversial and intensely watched business icons of our time.
About the Author
Joann F. Price is a writing coach and instructor at Metropolitan State College of Denver.