10.04.2010

Martha on Oprah

I thoroughly enjoyed watching Martha on Oprah today. Seeing Martha on shows other than her own - out of her element, as a guest - really puts her cultural importance into perspective. The audience went crazy for her and she seemed genuinely humbled and bashful. Oprah, of course, gushed galore. I do not watch Oprah regularly, but I can safely say that she among the most warm and giving personalities on television. You could see the kinship between these two incredible entrepreneurs, the mutual respect, the understanding of what it means to be a survivor, a builder, a visionary, and a realizer of dreams.

Martha's candid discussions about her time in prison were enlightening and candid. Her positive attitude about it all is truly remarkable. And I don't think it's spin. I think she really did make the most of a very trying and difficult situation and came out of it stronger. "I'm a strong person," she told Oprah. "But this was a test for me. A real test. And through it all I kept my head up. I kept my friends intact - most of them - and I kept myself busy and then I moved on." She said she never once woke up and felt as though she had let herself and others down. Instead she thought about what she was going to do with her day, what she would make, what she would learn, what she would read and who she would see. She was the first one up to take a shower each morning and she read more books during that five months than she had read in years. It was quite inspiring.

She also discussed the nativity creche she made out of ceramics while in prison (drabware, of course) which she will reveal to us in her upcoming book on entertaining. Looking forward to seeing it!
Martha then demonstrated how to make a grilled-cheese bar to serve 'grown-up grilled cheese sandwiches' with Bloody Marys - a real hit with Oprah - and took us on a tour of her home in Maine, Skylands. It was a remarkable segment. The beauty of that house is incredible. She showed her flower-arranging room, her bank of old wood-fronted refrigerators in the kitchen (original to the house) and her collection of faux-bois planters. I loved the show!

You can read about Martha's appearance on the show at The Martha Blog.

6 comments:

Amy said...

I am so glad that the show is now on the Hallmark channel and that I get to see all the terrific ideas guests! Hooray! I felt like I was missing out all these years when the show was on stations that my cable package didn't include!

Kevin said...

I totally enjoyed Martha's appearance today. The glimpse into Skylands was a real treat! She seemed very comfortable and authentic, and I was really struck by her warmth toward the young woman who lost her husband and found inspiration in her.

Kevin

Sarah in WA said...

Very few people can get Martha to truly talk about her time in prison. Oprah did a good job with her questions and didn't push it too far but didn't tip toe around it either.

Martha did seem to be at ease as the show went on and it was good that each segment wasn't just her being interviewed, she always seems more at ease when keeping busy.

perfectingpru said...

I watched some of this online on the Oprah website and I really enjoyed it. Martha did seem quite an ease from the bits I watched and I liked the Q&A after the show where she seemed very relaxed. She should be more relaxed with the audience when they go to see her show as she didn't seem to be when I went.

ANDREW RITCHIE said...

Pru, I think she is more at ease when she is on someone else's show. It's a lot of pressure to be the host AND the executive producer. It's work. Going to the Oprah show must have been like a little escape for her: pampered with flowers, everyone fawning over her, no responsibilities, just there to talk and make sandwiches...

Romi said...

I fell in love with Martha all over again watching the Oprah show. I can't imagine her being any different in prison considering her personality and work ethic. If she fell apart her empire wouldn't be as strong when she returned. She needed to remain all that is Martha and carry on. I appreciate knowing it didn't destroy her. She persevered and inspired instead of crumbling like I imagine her detractors expected or hoped. "Team Martha!"