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Hotelier Leona Helmsley Dies at 87
abcnews.com ^ | 08/20/2007 | AP

Posted on 08/20/2007 7:29:03 AM PDT by Sleeping Freeper

Leona Helmsley, the hotelier who went to prison as a tax cheat and was reviled as the "queen of mean," died Monday at age 87.

Helmsley died of heart failure at her summer home in Greenwich, Conn., said her publicist, Howard Rubenstein.

Helmsley and her husband, Harry, ran a $5 billion real estate empire that included managing the Empire State Building. She was tried in 1989 on tax evasion charges in a sensational trial that included testimony from disgruntled employees who said she terrorized both menial and executive help at her homes and hotels.

Her image was sealed when a former housekeeper testified that she heard Helmsley say: "We don't pay taxes. Only the little people pay taxes."

She denied having said it, but the words followed her the rest of her life.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; US: Connecticut
KEYWORDS: leonahelmsley; obituary; queenofmean
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1 posted on 08/20/2007 7:29:04 AM PDT by Sleeping Freeper
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Hillary’s mentor dies....


2 posted on 08/20/2007 7:30:32 AM PDT by Sleeping Freeper
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To: Sleeping Freeper

I thought only the little people died.

Sorry, too obvious. In actuality, I don’t trust the hit job the media performed on her.


3 posted on 08/20/2007 7:31:33 AM PDT by Natchez Hawk (What's so funny about the first, second, and fourth Amendments?)
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To: Sleeping Freeper

As soon as I saw her name ... QUEEN OF MEAN ... flashed in my mind.


4 posted on 08/20/2007 7:31:57 AM PDT by nmh (Intelligent people recognize Intelligent Design (God) .)
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To: Natchez Hawk

For some reason I feel sorry for Satan.


5 posted on 08/20/2007 7:32:12 AM PDT by Long Island Pete
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To: Sleeping Freeper

Sorry Leona - you’ll have to check your wealth and privledge at the door.


6 posted on 08/20/2007 7:32:55 AM PDT by reagan_fanatic (Ron Paul put the cuckoo in my Cocoa Puffs)
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To: Sleeping Freeper

She probably had her share of failings but the media feeding frenzy over her was beyond all rhyme and reason. The herd mentality just kept stampeding over her when she was on her way down.


7 posted on 08/20/2007 7:33:43 AM PDT by Monterrosa-24 (...even more American than a French bikini and a Russian AK-47.)
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To: Long Island Pete
For some reason I feel sorry for Satan.

Hotel 666, we'll keep the fire on for ya...

8 posted on 08/20/2007 7:33:57 AM PDT by null and void (I hate to suggest something this radical, but why not let the policy follow the facts? ~ReignOfError)
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To: Sleeping Freeper

where are they buryign her? my bladder...


9 posted on 08/20/2007 7:34:01 AM PDT by camle (keep your mind open and somebody will fill it full of something for you)
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To: Monterrosa-24
the media feeding frenzy over her was beyond all rhyme and reason

Beat me to it. She may have been a mean person -- I wouldn't know. But her handling by the press was classic Reagan Era "Let's pile on the greedy rich people" coverage. Michael Milliken got the same.

Just because the media says she was bad doesn't tell me anything.

10 posted on 08/20/2007 7:36:38 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy (The broken wall, the burning roof and tower. And Agammemnon dead.)
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To: Sleeping Freeper

Time for her understudy, Hillary!


11 posted on 08/20/2007 7:36:39 AM PDT by Suzy Quzy
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To: Sleeping Freeper

Death and taxes are for little people.......


12 posted on 08/20/2007 7:36:59 AM PDT by Red Badger (ALL that CARBON in ALL that oil & coal was once in the atmospere. We're just putting it back!)
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To: Monterrosa-24

I tend to agree with that.

I almost feel sorry for her. The media went after her and no matter what, she was evil.

If she ever did anything good in her life or with her money, they sure weren’t gonna tell us.


13 posted on 08/20/2007 7:37:40 AM PDT by JRochelle (“Never trust a man who makes toys in a land where children are forbidden.”)
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To: Sleeping Freeper

I thought Rosie was the Queen of Mean.....

well

I guess she is now


14 posted on 08/20/2007 7:37:41 AM PDT by Feiny (Fruitloops are Gay Cheerios)
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To: Sleeping Freeper

First woman ever jailed for being a bitch.


15 posted on 08/20/2007 7:38:17 AM PDT by Dixie Yooper (Ephesians 6:11)
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To: ClearCase_guy
I agree. If she actually did something wrong, I didn’t hear it through the din of calumny heaped upon her.
16 posted on 08/20/2007 7:39:34 AM PDT by Iwo Jima ("Close the border. Then we'll talk.")
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To: Sleeping Freeper
The Hades Hilton has a new house keeper.
17 posted on 08/20/2007 7:41:18 AM PDT by BigCinBigD (")
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To: Sleeping Freeper
Celebs die in threes. Merv, Helmsley...who's next?

5.56mm

18 posted on 08/20/2007 7:43:05 AM PDT by M Kehoe
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To: Sleeping Freeper

It seems that Leona Helmsley had a lot in common with John Edwards and Al Gore. Who can blame Leona Helmsley if she really thought laws and policies were only for little people?


19 posted on 08/20/2007 7:46:02 AM PDT by LongTimeMILurker
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To: Sleeping Freeper

Hillary keeps Leona’s picture in her wallet.


20 posted on 08/20/2007 7:50:38 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (BTUs are my Beat.)
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To: ClearCase_guy
"Michael Milliken got the same."

Michael Milken did indeed get the same treatment, though he was not the household word that Leona Helmsley was. Milken though has distinguished himself with extensive charitable work since he was falsely prosecuted by an overzealous prosecutor named Rudy Guiliani.

Helmsley was the same "tough bitch" (her own defense attorneys description of her) after her trial as she was before.

In keeping with FreeRepublics high standards at "celebrity" deaths I'm not going to spew hatred at her. I will say though that a bag of rotten garbage that has money in it is still a bag of rotten garbage.

21 posted on 08/20/2007 7:51:03 AM PDT by Artemis Webb (Ron Paul: the candidate of cowardice and appeasement.)
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To: Sleeping Freeper
However mean and nasty the hired help says she was , she was nonetheless a victim of a political prosecution very like some of our heroes. She was accused of evading something like $10,000.00 of about a $1,000,000.00 paid . No intent was shown. An injustice to one is an injustice to us all.
22 posted on 08/20/2007 7:51:45 AM PDT by kbennkc (For those who have fought for it , freedom has a flavor the protected will never know. F Troop)
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To: Sleeping Freeper

Last known picture.

/mst3k

23 posted on 08/20/2007 7:52:01 AM PDT by Future Snake Eater (Mosul, Baghdad, Karbala, Najaf, Sadr City...'round and 'round we go...)
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To: Sleeping Freeper

With all the comparisons between Hitlery and Leona lately this could be an Arkanside.


24 posted on 08/20/2007 7:54:11 AM PDT by fella ( newspapers used habitually to poison the public opinion)
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To: Sleeping Freeper

died Monday at age 87.


She lived much too long as far as I’m concerned.


25 posted on 08/20/2007 7:54:19 AM PDT by Joan Kerrey (Believe nothing of what you hear or read and half of what you see.)
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To: Sleeping Freeper

I wonder who she willed all her shoes to.


26 posted on 08/20/2007 8:00:36 AM PDT by peggybac (Tolerance is the virtue of believing in nothing)
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To: ClearCase_guy

Just because the media says she was bad doesn’t tell me anything.


In her case the media was dead right. She was a bitch and a witch and enjoyed brutalizing her help. I knew a number of people who worked for her and none of them survived more than a year in management positions. She picked on managers more because it was too expensive to fight union bosses’ protection of the line staff but it didn’t stop her from being a tyrant to all. I was in the hotel business for 40 years (retired) and served her myself in another luxury hotel where she and Harry visited. She was rude and sadistic in her approach to service managers and line staff and was determined to find fault at all cost.


27 posted on 08/20/2007 8:02:42 AM PDT by Joan Kerrey (Believe nothing of what you hear or read and half of what you see.)
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To: MamaB
Thank you. Michael Deaver, Ronaldus Magnus' deputy chief of staff.

Now we've got to watch for another three, probably starting with Lindsey Lohan or Brittany Spears. Sad.

5.56mm

28 posted on 08/20/2007 8:05:31 AM PDT by M Kehoe
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To: Joan Kerrey

I didn’t think she was that old. Sounds like she was truly a mean person and working for her was difficult or impossible. However, I wonder if some of the negative coverage was influenced by the fact that she was a Republican.


29 posted on 08/20/2007 8:05:53 AM PDT by TNCMAXQ
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To: Joan Kerrey
Some people are like that. I'll make no attempt to defend her.

I will say, however, that I have become one of those people who, if the newspapers tell me that the sun rises in the east, I give no credence to it, and just want to go find out for myself. Thanks for helping me learn more.

30 posted on 08/20/2007 8:06:04 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy (The broken wall, the burning roof and tower. And Agammemnon dead.)
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To: Sleeping Freeper

Another victim of PravdABDNC has her life smeared. Many said just the opposite of her but they weren’t reported. Prayers for her family and friends.

Pray for W and Our Troops


31 posted on 08/20/2007 8:09:17 AM PDT by bray (Member of the FR President Bush underground)
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To: Joan Kerrey

You say this in your post and then I read your tag line! OK.


32 posted on 08/20/2007 8:09:38 AM PDT by US_MilitaryRules (All my bullets are dipped in PIG fat. How about yours?)
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To: Red Badger

And... it’s hell to be poor! (They are the only ones that die and pay taxes.)- M. Zindler


33 posted on 08/20/2007 8:10:01 AM PDT by Jaded ("I have a mustard- seed; and I am not afraid to use it."- Joseph Ratzinger)
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To: Joan Kerrey

If you have ever suffered at the hands of a nasty and sadistic boss; you never forget. The sickness these people possess is unbelievable.


34 posted on 08/20/2007 8:10:03 AM PDT by freekitty
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To: Joan Kerrey
I have two friends who worked for her and who would confirm all your observations. The world is rendered less mean by her passing.

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35 posted on 08/20/2007 8:10:24 AM PDT by OESY
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To: Sleeping Freeper

Was she still doing laps in her pool and have maids throw iced shrimp in her mouth up until the end?


36 posted on 08/20/2007 8:13:12 AM PDT by PBRSTREETGANG (Apparently my former party considers me an "ugly nativist".)
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To: ClearCase_guy

Here’s a nice example from the ABC story. This from a woman who was worth billions:

“After her son died, she sued the estate for money and property she said her son had borrowed, and an eviction notice was served on her son’s widow, Mimi.

Mimi Panzirer said afterward that the legal costs wiped her out and “to this day I don’t know why they did it.”


37 posted on 08/20/2007 8:15:30 AM PDT by gracesdad
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To: ClearCase_guy; Joan Kerrey

The media is so deeply involved in class warfare that it’s impossible to get the truth in matters like this. She could very well have been a jerk but the media has raised our doubts so often we don’t know what to believe anymore.


38 posted on 08/20/2007 8:15:43 AM PDT by NYCynic
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To: Artemis Webb

According to the story, the Helmsleys did contribute quite a bit to charities, but she still brutalized and tried to cheat people. In one case she tried welsh on an $88,000 painting bill on her house claiming it was a finder’s fee owed her because the same painter had gotten commercial business from her.


39 posted on 08/20/2007 8:19:17 AM PDT by gracesdad
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40 posted on 08/20/2007 8:26:53 AM PDT by SkyPilot
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To: SkyPilot

I think she would have done better without the makeup.... but one photo is plenty....


41 posted on 08/20/2007 8:33:17 AM PDT by Sleeping Freeper
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To: Sleeping Freeper

Only the good die young..............


42 posted on 08/20/2007 8:33:55 AM PDT by marshmallow
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To: SkyPilot

Jeezuus, don’t do that! I thought that was Helen Thomas or Janet Reno there for a moment.

I need a drink.


43 posted on 08/20/2007 8:40:58 AM PDT by garyhope (It's World War IV, right here, right now, courtesy of Islam.)
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To: Sleeping Freeper

Her main crime?

WHite AND rich.

She got the Martha Stewart treatment. But I don’t really care. They both continued supporting to dems anyway.


44 posted on 08/20/2007 8:46:22 AM PDT by subterfuge (Today, Tolerance =greatest virtue;Hypocrisy=worst character defect; Discrimination =worst atrocity)
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To: SkyPilot

Note the Mao-like collar similar to the hildebeast. Coincidence? I think not.


45 posted on 08/20/2007 8:48:31 AM PDT by newfreep ("Liberalism is just Communism sold by the drink." - P.J. O'Rourke)
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To: SkyPilot

I didnt know she was part Vulcan. Fascinating...


46 posted on 08/20/2007 8:50:37 AM PDT by isom35
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To: Monterrosa-24

I agree. I’m certain she had her faults, and I’m no fan, but I disliked how the MSM seemed to thoroughly enjoy going out of their way to trample her.


47 posted on 08/20/2007 8:53:00 AM PDT by Obadiah (Nothing says, "Get off my lawn" like the inscription of a claymore - THIS SIDE TOWARDS THE ENEMY.)
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To: Sleeping Freeper

Rest in Peace, Leona


48 posted on 08/20/2007 8:54:09 AM PDT by sauropod (You can’t spell crap without the AP in it.)
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To: isom35
I didnt know she was part Vulcan. Fascinating...

LOL!

"You @#$%&! I am a former model!"

49 posted on 08/20/2007 8:56:06 AM PDT by SkyPilot
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To: M Kehoe

Max Roach, he passed away on sat.


50 posted on 08/20/2007 9:01:45 AM PDT by JimC214
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