The Domestic Diva's Almost Home
March 3, 2005
after the stroke of midnight on Thursday night,
Martha Stewart will pass through the prison gates
a free woman -- well, almost free.
"Extra" has learned an SUV will be waiting
to whisk Martha from prison to the Greenbrier
Airport, where we're told one of Donald Trump's
personal aircrafts will fly Martha to her 153-acre
estate in Bedford, New York. Stewart will finish
out her sentence under house arrest. So it seems
that Martha could be in her own bed before sunrise.
Society Editor R. Couri Hay, Martha's friend at
Gotham and Hamptons Magazine, told "Extra"
that Martha's top priority will be quiet time
with her daughter. And then she'll meet the press.
"I think you're going to see a warmer, fuzzier,
kinder, gentler Martha Stewart," Hay speculated.
"I expect that Martha Stewart will face the
media and make a statement, whether she'll answer
questions or not, I'm not so sure about that."
Martha's Bedford estate was bustling with activity
Wednesday. Her $40 million "prison away from
prison" has just been renovated for the Domestic
Diva's five-month stay. As for Martha's first
home-cooked meal, we're told it will be her favorite
dish: omelets with caviar or truffles.
"She's hired the chef from Le Cirque to come
and be her personal chef in Bedford, New York,"
On Thursday night's "People in the News"
at 10 on CNN, the network will air never-before-seen
footage of Martha in prison. Paula Zahn will host
the one-hour special, called "Martha's Makeover."
Also Thursday night, CNBC will air a rare interview,
called "The New Martha," with Stewart's
new chief executive Susan Lyne.
So ready or not, America's favorite homemaker
is coming home. And we'll have more from Alderson,
West Virginia, and Bedford, New York, Friday on