Freedom's Just Another Word for
Looking Really Good
It was a happy homecoming
for America's favorite homemaker. At 1:12 a.m.
Friday, Martha Stewart took off on the flight
of her life, hoping to leave her most turbulent
times behind her.
And it certainly looked like prison had been good to
her. The domestic diva emerged late Thursday night,
looking more glamorous than ever, casually dressed in
a plush cashmere poncho worth up to $400. She appeared
perfectly coiffed with a little lighter shade of blonde.
Sources tell us Martha's hairdresser paid her a visit
for a latenight makeover, so she could be ready to face
Martha's midnight run from prison was a meticulously
planned media event. Stewart herself provided
a flatbed truck for photographers to get the money
shot: a visibly thinner Martha smiling, waving,
even kissing her driver as she and her daughter
boarded a chartered jet.
It was goodbye Camp Cupcake, hello Felony Farm!
That's what Martha's neighbors are calling the
sprawling Westchester estate where the domestic
diva is now under house arrest. By three a.m.,
Martha was home. Cameras caught her walking through
her kitchen -- a far cry from the prison cafeteria
where earlier this week Martha's fellow inmates
threw a microwaved potluck dinner for her.
Wearing a beige barn jacket and matching scarf, Martha
emerged from her newly renovated home this morning to
greet her horses. She strolled her property, perhaps
looking for early-blooming crocuses and forsythia on
her snow-covered grounds.
In a statement on her Web site the joyful Stewart
said, "Certainly, there is no place like
Friday morning, Martha's new TV business partners
celebrated her release. Donald Trump and Mark
Burnett will be among the first friends to visit
her at home.
Last night at the Broadway premiere of "Dirty Rotten
Scoundrels" former Texas governor Ann Richards
revealed to us she had recently visited Martha in prison,
finding her "terrific." And Joan Rivers joked
to us that perhaps prison life "is a good thing."
"If I could come out $500 million richer,
20 pounds lighter, I would steal a car tonight,"
Meanwhile, in Los Angeles, Kevin Costner was among
the stars offering Martha celebrity support at
the premiere of "The Upside of Anger."
"I hope she dances long and hard and enjoys
life," Costner said. "Martha's great,
she deserves another chance."
Over the next five months, do not expect to see a lot
more of Martha strolling her property. Aside from going
to work and running a few errands, Martha will be confined
to her house, wearing an electronic ankle bracelet monitor
that tracks her every move.