"It's not to be together everyday that brings you close. It's the way that you feel about someone that makes you close, and the hard times you go through that make you close," she said.
Marta is adored by the many generations of people whose lives she has impacted. When Marta missed her dog Pucci in France, 'Madam' gave her a portrait of a long-haired Dachsund and told her that they would have him sent across the Atlantic if she wanted him. When Marta wrote a cookbook in 1998 called "Cooking for Madam" about the recipes she cooked for Jackie, John Jr. wrote the foreword, in which he described her as "part of our family." Tatiana has a her own way of showing her affection -- by imitating Marta's English.
"I like calling you on the phone and talking as you, and you're also talking as you," Tatiana said to Marta. "Ayo Ponky!" Tatiana exclaimed, to Marta's delight. "She's great. I don't even have to talk anymore," Marta said.
Christiane Amanpour describes Marta as the "ultimate Italian Mama."
"You know when you're around Marta, you're going to get great love, great care, great friendship... and great food," she said.