Under the settlement, Stewart agreed to disgorge ,062 (including interest from the losses she avoided), as well as a civil penalty of three times the loss avoided, or 7,019.

In 1967, Martha Stewart began a second career as a stockbroker, her father-in-law's profession.

Meanwhile, Andrew Stewart founded a publishing house and served as chief executive of several others.

Mirken was impressed by Stewart's talent as a chef and hostess and later contacted her to develop a cookbook, featuring recipes and photos from the parties that Stewart hosted.

The result was her first book, Entertaining (December 13, 1982), success, Stewart released many more books under the Clarkson Potter publishing imprint, including Martha Stewart's Quick Cook (1983), Martha Stewart's Hors D'oeuvres (1984), Martha Stewart's Pies & Tarts (1985), Weddings (1987), The Wedding Planner (1988), Martha Stewart's Quick Cook Menus (1988), and Martha Stewart's Christmas (1989), among others.

During this time, she also authored dozens of newspaper columns, magazine articles and other pieces on homemaking, and made numerous television appearances on programs such as The Oprah Winfrey Show and Larry King Live.

Andrew and Martha Stewart separated in 1987 and divorced in 1990.

Stewart also became a frequent contributor to NBC's Today Show and later to CBS's The Early Show, and starred in several prime time holiday specials on the CBS network.

In September 1997, with the assistance of business partner Sharon Patrick, Stewart was able to secure funding to purchase the various television, print, and merchandising ventures related to the Martha Stewart brand, and consolidate them into a new company, named Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia.

Martha Helen Stewart (née Kostyra; born August 3, 1941) is an American businesswoman, writer, and television personality.