Martha Stewart Appeared In A 1956 Unilever Soap Commercial (VIDEO)

06/23/2011 05:55 pm ET | Updated Aug 23, 2011
  • Ellie Krupnick Senior Editor of Viral Content and Strategy, The Huffington Post

Looks like Martha Stewart was always the busy, active person we know and love today.

At least that's the character she played in a commercial for Unilever soap in 1956. The black-and-white clip resurfaced on Wednesday after being shown at an Interpublic Group of Companies' event in Cannes. A 15-year-old Martha putters around the house with a much-older-looking actor, as a voiceover touts the benefits of "spice-fragrant" Unilever soap for "busy, active people."

Our favorite part is when Martha and her co-star get their nuzzle on (did you know you could nuzzle on TV like that in 1956?), possible, of course, because they've odor-proofed their bodies. Stewart joked with AdAge, "Did he smell or did I smell?" noting, "It was done on Shelter Island....I took off two days from school, I had a chaperone."

And thus marked the beginning of her brief but impressive modeling career. You know, before she became a home and garden guru. But who would really expect less from the woman who does it all?