The domestic expert is looking for 150 women who share her name

By Marla Lehner
Updated August 02, 2005 01:00 PM
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Calling all Martha Stewarts – or Stuarts. The domestic expert is looking for 150 women who share her name, if not her famous homemaking skills.

Stewart, whose live daytime show Martha will debut on Sept. 12, is hoping to fill the studio audience with women also named Martha Stewart – or Martha Stuart.

“Tell us a short story about how sharing Martha’s moniker has affected your life. You may be asked to be on the show or sit in an audience full of other Martha Stewarts (or Stuarts),” says a statement her Web site, marthastewart.com/martha.

No air date has been set for the all-Martha episode, but the deadline for applications is Sept. 1.

Stewart, whose five-month-long house arrest for lying about a stock sale is slated to end this month, recently expressed her annoyance over having to curtail her movements, telling Vanity Fair magazine: “I hate lockdown. It’s hideous.” She also revealed that her nickname among inmates in the West Virginia penitentiary where she spent five months was “M. Diddy.”

As for Stewart’s impending birthday – she turns 64 on Wednesday – she told PEOPLE in May that getting older doesn’t bother her: “I never think about age. I have no idea how old anybody is. It doesn’t matter to me. It matters how they are. It matters what they do. It matters how active they are and if they have energy.”

Stewart herself certainly isn’t slowing down: In addition to her daytime show, Stewart will also star in her own version of The Apprentice on NBC this fall. Her former daytime series, Martha Stewart Living, lasted 12 years.