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Leona Helmsley

American businesswoman

Died when: 87 years 47 days (1045 months)
Star Sign: Cancer

 

Leona Helmsley

Leona Mindy Roberts Helmsley (July 4, 1920 – August 20, 2007) was an American businesswoman.Her flamboyant personality and reputation for tyrannical behavior earned her the nickname Queen of Mean.

After allegations of non-payment were made by contractors hired to improve Helmsley's Connecticut home, she was investigated and convicted of federal income tax evasion and other crimes in 1989.

Although having initially received a sentence of sixteen years, she was required to serve only nineteen months in prison and two months under house arrest.

During the trial, a former housekeeper testified that she had heard Helmsley say: "We don't pay taxes; only the little people pay taxes", a quote which was identified with her for the rest of her life.


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