12/27/2004 at 01:00 AM EST
Start 2004 in the penthouse, end it in the big house. But phoenix-like, she will rise again: There's a fall TV talk show (with hitmaker Mark Burnett), and MSO stock has jumped from a post-scandal low of $5.26 to $26.59 a share
The fur was faux, but the no-apologies-no-excuses look was real.
"Don't cry for me!" After sentencing, Martha, strong and defiant, avoided self-pity.
Before entering prison, Martha bladed In the Hamptons.
At Pastis, she came up with a novel use for her napkin.
The CEO brought her lawyers, determination and an Hermés bag.
In prison, she made crab-apple jelly, cleaned offices and dropped 10 lbs.
Post-conviction, pre-jail dressed in Ralph Rucci.