Lifestyle guru Martha Stewart has penned a special Thanksgiving letter to her fans, thanking them for their support.

Stewart, who is behind bars after being convicted of lying to federal investigators about a suspicious sale of her ImCLONE

shares, informs her supporters she's "making the best" of her time behind bars.

She writes, "I want to extend my deepest thanks and appreciation for the steadfast support I continue to receive from so many of you.

"As you would expect, the loss of freedom and the lack of privacy are extremely difficult. But I am safe, fit and healthy, and I am pleased to report that, contrary to rumours you might have heard, my daily interactions with the staff and fellow inmates here at Alderson are marked by fair treatment and mutual respect.

"I am in good spirits and making the best of this difficult situation. Visits from my friends, family and colleagues - together with your goodwill and best wishes - will get me through this chapter in my life. For this friendship and support, I am very grateful this Thanksgiving."

23/11/2004 21:14