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'She Had A Good Run': Martha Ruth Haworth, A.K.A. The Original Martha Stewart, Dies At 98, Her Daughter Confirms In Touching Tribute

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Feb. 22 2021, Published 1:59 p.m. ET

The original Martha Stewart, as her daughter lovingly called her, has sadly passed away at 98. 

“She had a new part to play in a movie with all her heavenly friends, Colleen Shelley wrote on Twitter. “She went off peacefully surrounded by her family and cat.”

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“Martha Ruth Haworth aka Martha Stewart,” she wrote. “She had a good run. Fare thee well Mommy.” 

Fans of the beloved actress were quick to offer their condolences. “She was an amazing actress and very beautiful woman. I am so sorry for your loss. I lost my mom a year ago and knowing she's in heaven and out of pain makes it a little easier,” a user wrote on Twitter, while another commented: “Sending my condolences, your mom was a legend. I'm younger but I remember the movie that she was in with Humphrey Bogart, she was one of the best actresses of the 20th century, rest in peace.” 

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The legendary star was best known for her supporting roles opposite Joan Crawford in Daisy Kenyon and alongside iconic actor Humphrey Bogart in, In a Lonely Place

Born in Kentucky and raised in Brooklyn, New York, Stewart began her career in show business as a big band singer with Glenn Miller and Harry James. The beauty launched her Hollywood career with a singing and dancing role in the 1945 film Doll Face — the hit movie about a burlesque star played by actress Vivian Blaine. In 1951, Stewart would go on to replace Blaine on Broadway in the role of Miss Adelaide in the classic Guys and Dolls‘. 

Her additional movie credits include Johnny Comes Flying Home in 1946 and I Wonder Who’s Kissing Her Now in 1947. Stewart shined on the small screen as well, appearing in one-off roles in 1963's The Alfred Hitchcock Hour and My Three Sons in 1965.

Stewart is survived by her daughter. The actress outlived her three husbands: comedian Joe. E. Lewis, actor George O’Hanlon and David Shelley, as well as son David Shelley Jr., a successful blues rock guitarist who died of cancer in 2015.

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