'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, Updated 2:10 p.m. ET

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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‘. 

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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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