Actress Martha Stewart Passes Away at Age 98

by Quentin Blount

Famous actress and singer, Martha Stewart, passed away on Wednesday at the age of 98, her daughter Colleen Shelley revealed in a Twitter post.

Shelley informed the public of her mother’s passing on Wednesday. In her Twitter post, she includes a lobby card from the noir classic, In a Lonely Place, alongside star actor Humphrey Bogart.

“The original Martha Stewart left us yesterday,” Shelley wrote on Twitter. “She had a new part to play in a movie with all her heavenly friends. She went off peacefully surrounded by her family and cat. Martha Ruth Haworth aka Martha Stewart 10-07-1922 – 02-17-2021 she had a good run. Fare thee well Mommy.”

Martha Stewart made appearances in just a few movies between 1945 and 1964. One of her husbands was singer and comedian Joe E. Lewis in the 1940s. She was also married to actors George O’Hanlon (the voice of George Jetson in cartoons) and David Shelley.

Her son, blues rock guitarist David Shelley Jr., unfortunately passed away in 2015 after a battle with cancer.

Stewart is perhaps best known for her role as Mildred Atkinson in In a Lonely Place alongside Bogart. She portrayed an impressionable hat check girl whom Bogart’s screenwriter is suspected of murdering. However, she was also quite popular opposite Joan Crawford in the musical Daisy Kenyon. She plays the friend of Crawford’s artist character.

Acting Career of Martha Stewart

Born in Kentucky on October 7, 1922, Martha Stewart (formerly Haworth) and her family moved to Brooklyn when she was young. She went on to get her start singing on NBC radio programs. And thanks to an engagement at the famous Stork Club in Manhattan, she caught the eye of a Hollywood talent scout.

Shortly thereafter she began her acting career. Her first film appearance was in the 1945 movie Doll Face. The next year she starred in Johnny Comes Flying Home, an adventure film about pilots starting an aviation company after World War II.

She then got more involved with musicals. In 1947 she starred in the musical I Wonder Who’s Kissing Her Now and, of course, Daisy Kenyon. Stewart’s other movie appearances include Convicted (1950), Aaron Slick from Punkin Crick (1952), and Surf Party (1964). And finally, in 1950 was her role as Atkinson in In a Lonely Place, which is perhaps what most people know her from.