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Martha Inc.: The Story of Martha Stewart (2003)

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The casting of Cybill Shepherd as billionaire home-economics doyenne Martha Stewart in this made-for-TV biopic allegedly grew from a quip made by Today Show host Matt Lauer, that only three people were qualified to portray Martha: Shepherd, Candice Bergen, and Robin Williams (!). The film follows the traditional rags-to-riches route, as Martha rises from a poverty-stricken childhood in Nutley, NJ, to the head of a vast financial empire, largely founded upon her talent for whipping up inexpensive gourmet meals and her sagacious, tasteful home-decorating tips. (It is explained that this metamorphosis is borne of necessity, after Martha's lawyer husband, Andy [Tim Matheson], suffers a lengthy spell of unemployment.) Much is made of the contrast between the sweet, benign "public" Stewart and the hell-on-wheels "private" Stewart, and of course a great deal of footage is devoted to the Wall Street insider-trading scandal that brought about her spectacular downfall. Highlights include a vivid recreation of the confrontation between Stewart and TV host Jane Clayson on the set of CBS' Morning Show. Based on a best-selling book by Christopher Byron, Martha, Inc.: The Story of Martha Stewart first aired May 19, 2003, on NBC.

Cast

Cybill Shepherd
as Martha Stewart
Tim Matheson
as Andy Stewart
Joanna Cassidy
as Caroline Kass
Toni Grossett
as Child Martha
Dorie Barton
as Young Martha
Mauralea Austin
as Jane Clayson
Seann Gallagher
as Young Andy Stewart
Jude Ciccolella
as Eddie Kostyra
Hollis McLaren
as Big Martha
Lauren Isenor
as Child Cynthia
Michelle Nolden
as Norma Collier
Raquel Duffy
as Melissa Graham
Martha Irving
as Diana Helpern
Rhonda McLean
as Connie Maynard
Jeremy Akerman
as Kmart CEO
Ross Petty
as Sheingold
Gary Levert
as Skinny Joe
Nigel Bennett
as Rat Bastard
Mark I. Graham
as Tight Buns
Stan Carew
as Sam Waksal
Tony Quinn
as Court Clerk
Krista MacDoanld
as Glamour Editor
Bruce Graham
as Business Reporter
Emmy Alcorn
as Food Critic
Jeremy Webb
as Food Critic
Michael Best
as Food Stylist
Martin Burt
as Food Stylist
Jeffrey Smith
as Martha's Assistant
Susan Leblanc-Crawford
as Floor Director
Kristen Tough
as Neighbor
Stacey Smith
as Neighbor
David Renton
as Morgan Stanley Banker
Allan MacGillivray
as Host/Fashion Photographer
Nancy Regan
as News Announcer
Sheila Brand
as Ehtel Stewart
Jen Kydd
as Sales Associate
Lee J. Campbell
as George Stewart
Rejean Cornoyer
as Casting Agent
Brian Heighton
as Real-Estate Guy
Chelsea Watkins
as Nutley Girl
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Cybill Shepherd throws herself into the domestic diva with a hammy, scenery-chewing panache...

August 8, 2004 | Full Review…
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