Caterer, author, lifestyle expert, Martha Stewart has been all of the above and more. She is one of the most successful and controversial female entrepreneurs of the 21st century. Born in 1941, Martha Kostyra spent most of her childhood in Nutley, New Jersey. An excellent student, she was one of the first women in her high school to take advanced mathematics. Stewart was involved in several extracurricular activities and was credited with planning one of the best proms in Nutley High School history.

Schooling and Early History

Throughout high school, Stewart worked part-time jobs to save for college. This eventually led her to a career in modeling in New York City. Her all-American looks even earned her a spot in an early Lifebuoy soap commercial. Her hard ...

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