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Wednesday, April 23, 2003

Update: NBC Movie Martha Inc.: The Story of Martha Stewart,” to Air May 19

NBC has set Monday, May 19, for the premiere of its made-for-television movie about Martha Stewart starring Cybill Shepherd.

Called, “Martha Inc.: The Story of Martha Stewart, the film is based on a book by Weston author and New York Post business columnist Christopher Byron. (See WestportNow story on March 15.)

TodayԒs New York Post reported that the movie portrays one of Westport’s most famous residents in an unflattering way - as a difficult perfectionist whose compulsion to succeed drove off her husband and may have led her into the insider-trading scandal in which she is currently embroiled.

It said to promote the movie, the network’s cheeky publicists this week mailed a nutcracker and two walnuts to TV critics - along with a videotape.

ӓThe utensil and pair of nuts are meant as an unmistakable metaphor for Martha - a symbol introduced late in the TV movie, just after she wrests control of her magazine from the male potentates of Time Warner.

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