Martha's Coming Back Strong

This column was written by CBS News Early Show co-anchor Harry Smith.

You have to see the picture of Martha Stewart on the cover of USA Today. Blond, smiling, beautiful. The picture says it all. She looks great.

I suppose you would, too, if your home confinement were soon to be over and if you had a couple of new TV shows ready to debut.

Stewart looks to be that person who has what Americans appreciate in an almost reverential way – that is, the indomitable spirit.

I first met Stewart when she was still running a catering business in suburban Connecticut. She'd come and do cooking or craft segments on my TV show. And we all knew it was just the beginning.

She's since built an empire and a reputation for being a perfectionist – and a tough boss. The dinner party fights about her guilt or innocence are over. But whether or not the cost of her prosecution was government money well spent will be debated for years to come.

What matters now is that Martha is back. Her second act – sorry Scott Fitzgerald – is coming to a TV near you.

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