Setting the Record Straight
THE DOMESTIC QUEEN REVEALS SHE’S WORKING ON A MEMOIR ABOUT HER OWN HARDEARNED LIFE LESSONS
Looking younger than her years, Martha Stewart spoke with zeal about her life’s passions at a recent event in Los Angeles. “I love to stay busy, and it’s great that I can continue to choose what I want to do,” the expert on gracious living told Closer exclusively at Decoration & Design Building’s Power of Storytelling Fall Market. “There’s a lot I still have to do — like write my autobiography!”
In fact, Martha, 76, has already begun. “She’s been putting down ideas for two years,” confides an insider. Other authors have tried to capture her spectacular life, in which she turned her talents for food and design into a multibillion-dollar company and then nearly lost it all when she spent five months in prison in 2004 for obstructing justice in an insider stock trading scandal. But the star has always felt the books fell short. An unflattering 2010 tell-all written by her former friend Mariana Pasternak, which painted Martha as petty, stingy and man-hungry, “deeply hurt” her, says the insider. “She believes that others have given the wrong impression of her, and she hasn’t ever really told her story.” Until now.
“There is a lot of inspiration around us that we can see every
While the domestic doyenne hopes to set the record straight, writing her autobiography isn’t about revenge. “It’s really been a passion of hers; Martha finds ways to squirrel away an hour or two every day to work on it,” says the friend, who adds that Martha hopes to reveal the lessons of perseverance, gratitude and humility she learned as she rebuilt her life following her incarceration. “Martha wants to present the story of how she dealt with setbacks and reclaimed her life to the point where she is as happy as she’s ever been. It isn’t just about business — it was about finding something inside herself.”
TAPPING INTO CURIOSITY
In more recent years, Martha has received other insights about life from her granddaughter, Jude, 6, and grandson Truman, 5, the children of her daughter, Alexis, 52. “Their curiosity keeps your curiosity going,” explains Martha, who likes to cook or craft with them. “The boy is a great chopper — he chops garlic for his mother every day,” she gushes. “And the girl is a little Martha — don’t tell her mother that!”
Like most grandparents, Martha admits that she “totally” spoils them — although her gifts are particularly indulgent. “I will take them anywhere they want to go,” says Martha, who has already visited the Galápagos Islands and Botswana with the children. “We are going to Dubai for Thanksgiving to see the tallest building in the world,” she adds proudly.
It’s clear that as long as she has breath in her body, Martha will never stop reaching for the heights — an attitude she’ll write about in her memoir. “Martha wants her readers to understand that they have more in them than they think,” explains her friend. “If she would have seen what was coming when she started her company in 1976, she would have been overwhelmed. But she found she could tackle the world, and that you have to be ready for each new step you take in life.” — Louise A. Barile,
with reporting by Jaclyn Roth
“My biggest life lesson is: Grow a garden! Have a dog and grow your garden.”
Regarding her grandkids, “I have to respect the middleman and her wishes — that’s my daughter,” Martha says of Alexis. When she’s not co-hosting Martha & Snoop’s Potluck Dinner Party on VH1, Martha’s busy writing and managing her domestic empire.
“They know everything,” Martha raves of her grandchildren, Truman and Jude. “They speak three languages!”