The Nixon administration portrayed Martha Mitchell as a bit daft, perhaps drunk, and not to be taken seriously.
I was playing Martha Raddatz when she moderated one of the vice-presidential debates last year.
For example, Martha Stewart was pilloried at the time of her 2004 perjury trial for carrying a Birkin Bag to court with her.
It quickly became clear that in order to get organized The Martha Way, I was going to have to acquire a few key items.
It's a terrific story, but not a flattering portrait of Martha.
When Martha came to help her dress for dinner, she still sang.
Time had never been when Martha Ann Jackson was so flustered.
Of the four of them Martha the Mare, who was dressed like a man, showed the least change.
Martha Ann, who was listening at the door, was sobbing audibly.
I had seen a lot of different girls of all kinds since I had seen Martha.
fem. proper name, from Aramaic Maretha, literally "lady, mistress," fem. of mar, mara "lord, master." As the type name of one concerned with domestic affairs, it is from Luke x:40, 41. Martha's Vineyard discovered 1602 by English explorer Gabriel Archer and apparently named by him, but the identity of the Martha he had in mind is unknown now.
bitterness, the sister of Lazarus and Mary, and probably the eldest of the family, who all resided at Bethany (Luke 10:38, 40, 41; John 11:1-39). From the residence being called "her house," some have supposed that she was a widow, and that her brother and sister lodged with her. She seems to have been of an anxious, bustling spirit, anxious to be helpful in providing the best things for the Master's use, in contrast to the quiet earnestness of Mary, who was more concerned to avail herself of the opportunity of sitting at his feet and learning of him. Afterwards at a supper given to Christ and his disciples in her house "Martha served." Nothing further is known of her. "Mary and Martha are representatives of two orders of human character. One was absorbed, preoccupied, abstracted; the other was concentrated and single-hearted. Her own world was the all of Martha; Christ was the first thought with Mary. To Martha life was 'a succession of particular businesses;' to Mary life 'was rather the flow of one spirit.' Martha was Petrine, Mary was Johannine. The one was a well-meaning, bustling busybody; the other was a reverent disciple, a wistful listener." Paul had such a picture as that of Martha in his mind when he spoke of serving the Lord "without distraction" (1 Cor. 7:35).