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Martha's last Bahamas fling
Report: Stewart spends weekend at resort in advance of reporting to prison this week.
October 4, 2004: 10:03 AM EDT

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NEW YORK (CNN/Money) - Martha Stewart spent some last moments of freedom taking a solitary stroll along the beach in the Bahamas, said a newspaper report Monday, taking time to relax after the wedding of her longtime publicist Susan Magrino.

The New York Daily News reported that the 63-year-old good-living guru cherished the isolation and the unobstructed view of the rolling ocean just hours before a private plane was to whisk her back to Connecticut from a resort in Paradise Island.

Wearing pearl earrings and sunglasses, the newspaper report said Stewart spent Sunday morning walking alone on the beach, looking bright-eyed and clear-headed as she emerged at sunrise from the swanky One and Only Ocean Club.

According to the Daily News, Stewart gave no public indication that she was afraid of spending the next five months in a low-security lockup, and a staff member at the Ocean Club described her as "very pleasant."

Stewart arrived at the resort Friday for a luxurious weekend she was able to enjoy only with a judge's permission, attended a rehearsal dinner Friday night and visited the resort's casino, winning about $200, the newspaper reported.

On Saturday, the New York Post said, Stewart walked along the beach and waded into the surf before taking part in final wedding preparations, with video and photo crews shooting footage for possible use in Martha Stewart Living magazine and some planned TV specials.

Stewart, convicted in March for obstruction of justice related to her 2001 sale of ImClone Systems Inc. (IMCL: up $0.85 to $55.60, Research, Estimates) stock, is required to report to the federal prison camp at Alderson, W.Va., by Friday afternoon.

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She announced last month that she would begin serving the five-month prison term she received in July -- even as she appeals the conviction -- in an effort to get the matter behind her and her home decor company, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia Inc. (MSO: up $0.39 to $16.29, Research, Estimates)

The Post said Stewart, described by the paper as being accompanied by a much-younger male companion, was scheduled to fly back to her home in Connecticut Sunday. The paper said Stewart has one last opportunity to see Magrino, at a reception at New York's Four Seasons restaurant Thursday night, before reporting to prison.  Top of page




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